Some jobs, it seems, just aren’t worth doing. We should have seen it coming when Charlie Sheen’s publicist resigned this week. Apparently even the best in Hollywood can only spin so hard.
Some jobs, it seems, just aren’t worth doing.
We should have seen it coming when Charlie Sheen’s publicist resigned this week. Apparently even the best in Hollywood can only spin so hard.
In the midst of rehab visits, his TV sitcom cancellation and a very public downward spiral, Sheen has not stopped making headlines. The latest, though, was made by publicist Stan Rosenfield.
“I have worked with Charlie Sheen for a long time, and I care about him very much,” Rosenfield said, according to USA Today. “However, at this time, I’m unable to work effectively as his publicist and have respectfully resigned.”
I can’t say that I would be lining up to explain Sheen’s seemingly crazy antics either. And honestly, there are many jobs out there that I would prefer not to do. I am thankful, though, that other people do them so willingly.
I think of construction workers outdoors in freezing temperatures, of the snowplow driver heading down my street at 4 a.m. I watch roofers on a hot summer day and am thankful for a job that keeps me in air conditioning. And I can’t help but be grateful to the pest control man who removed a hornet’s nest from my tree last summer.
At the end of a day with a particularly colicky baby, I wonder how it is that day care workers don’t yell, “I quit!” at the end of every day. I wonder how they can continue, through potty training and temper tantrums, to love on those kids.
Just recently, I heard from a friend who had to cancel her evening plans because her husband had not come home from work. I e-mailed her later that evening — after a fun time that I was sorry she missed — to see if her husband ever made it home.
The response? “Almost 10 and still working. But we are thankful for a job!”
I spoke to another man recently, who works for a company that was rumored to have pretty unhappy employees. I asked him about it, and he acknowledged that the working environment wasn’t the best and the corporate culture was somewhat lacking. Still, his attitude remained above board.
“I’m not breaking my back,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m working a desk job and making a good paycheck. I can’t complain too much about that.”
At a time when much is made about quality of life and a work/home balance, it impresses me to see that a strong work ethic continues in today’s work force. It’s good to see that workers still possess such strength of character.
Even on the worst of days, we all can think of positives about our jobs — even if it’s just the paycheck we get at the end of it. And having a brighter attitude toward our work may actually make us better employees and co-workers. Who knows? Maybe we can talk ourselves into enjoying a not-so-fun job.
If none of that works, just remember that it could be worse: We could be doing publicity for Charlie Sheen.
Contact Elizabeth Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.