Most of us could do other work. But we have chosen to do the work we do. We may feel like we are stuck in a rut or in a job, but if we step back enough we can see that there are other jobs we could choose to do.
Sometimes realising this changes our perspective. Realising we have a choice is somewhat freeing. But it can also impact how we show up at work, in our community work, in our lives.
There are always hard bits, frustrating bits to whatever we do. But in those moments remembering we choose to this and we get to do this can help. Not everyone gets to do what we do, but we do and that is amazing.
Choice is an important part of being human. It is tied intimately with dignity and self-worth. And this is true for all of us. So when we design systems, operations, and strategies which do not enable choice or actively take away choice, there might be some ethical questions needing to be asked.
Photo by Ravi Roshan