Greatest Job in the World

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When I, was working as a teller at a Long Island Bank, I had a regular customer named Nora.  She was usually my first customer on most Tuesday and Friday mornings.  She would let other customers go ahead of her and waited to be served by me, as she said I was her favorite.  She was my favorite also as I enjoyed our small talk.  Every time I saw her she wore the same look on her face; one of depression.  I secretly viewed Nora’s life as a sad one.

One day my curiosity got the best of me and I asked her what she did for a living.  Almost immediately I regretted asking her, thinking I would hear her expound on how much she hated her job, a la Grumpy George.  What happened next was a complete surprise.  Her face lit up as a big smile came across it.  She said “I have the greatest job in the world.”  I was floored!  As sad as it sounds, up until that point, I never knew someone who was genuinely happy with their job.  She continued, “I have the greatest job in the world.  I get to help bring babies into the world.”  Turns out, Nora was a nurse who worked in the delivery unit at the hospital not far from the bank.  She worked the grave yard shift, so when she was getting off from work the bank was just opening.  The look which I perceived as depression was really a look of exhaustion from a long shift.  She explained that after she left the bank she went home and went straight to bed.

It has been more than ten years since I last saw Nurse Nora but I often think back on that day.  I still see how her eyes twinkled when she talked about her career.  Sadly, I have not met too many Noras in my life.  I have not run across too many people who are overcome with happiness by simply talking about the things in their life.  Whether it is their job or their health or their relationship or for that matter anything in their life they lack the joy in their life that Nora had that day in the bank.  That is what is missing in many of our lives.  If there is no joy in your life, that is a major problem.

Think of a balloon.  The air that gets blown in and out of it is that joy .  If you deflate it completely what are you left with?  The answer is nothing.  That balloon is your life.

Fill your life up with joy.

Jay Will


  1. Marie says

    It’s easy for us to assume the worst without being genuinely concerned as to “why”. You took the extra step and found out that Nora wasn’t really sad after all; most people don’t care that much. This story of Nora sets an example of how things aren’t always what they seem to be. Thank you for sharing this uplifting story. It reminds me of all the joys that fill up the balloon that is my life.
    “Do more of what makes you happy.”

    • Jay Will says

      Hey Marie, thank you for your comment. I agree ”most people don’t care” and don’t take the time to understand the why. I am glad the essay was able to speak to you and remind you of your joys. We can all use a reminder from time to time. Love the quote.

      Be blessed.

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