I was driving back from a session the other day and caught a programme on Radio 4 called ‘The Wrong Job’. It stemmed from the statistic that apparently 75% of people in the UK feel that they are in the wrong job, or hate their job. This struck a chord with me, and as I often do, I sat and listened to the end of the programme in my car, once I’d gotten home.
It struck me because I couldn’t help thinking that 75% was so incredibly high! But then when I started to really think about it, most people I know DO hate their jobs. Or at least, aren’t satisfied with their job and are either wistfully daydreaming about another career or are actively seeking alternative employment. In fact I know a few people who've quit and are now retraining and pursuing a career that they will find more fulfilling. And, of course, it struck me because I know that I’m incredibly lucky to have get as much joy and satisfaction as I do with my job. Both my jobs. All three of my jobs.
I think my first job is singing (see my band’s website if you fancy a listen). It’s my first love and my passion. I don’t think I could give it up if I tried!
Then my second job is running Join The Circle sessions in care homes. Which, if you’ve read anything I’ve written so far, you know I love! It brings me joy to know I’m wanted and needed and to know how much the sessions mean to people. Both residents who take part in them, and the staff who tell me of the after effects of sessions – people discussing various things they’d achieved, talking about the music or memories that different pieces of music had brought back. The ripple effect continues once the session is over, something it took me a while to appreciate!
My third is training new co-ordinators to run Join The Circle sessions. It’s something that’s still quite new to me. Rather than loving this, in the same way I love singing or running sessions; I find this immensely satisfying. The little moments where I can see my trainee’s brain whirring and clicking, where things are making sense as I unravel the reasons behind the design of Join The Circle sessions. I get a real ‘Yes!’ moment, in knowing that they ‘get it’.
I know after their training session, when they go on to run their own Join The Circle sessions, they won’t hate their job. They will get to experience the same joy as I do. And that’s really what I want to do, spread more joy in the world.
In the spirit of spreading joy, I’ve started a Facebook group that’s linked to the Join The Circle Facebook page. It’s called ‘Join The Inner Circle’ and the aim is to build a community of people who want to make a difference in the world but who don’t really know how and don’t really have much time – people like me! I’m always thinking ‘if I had more time I’d…’ or ‘if I had more cash I could…’
I’m going to be using the group to set positivity challenges and suggest ways we can all do a little bit to make the world a better, more joyful place. And hopefully, the ripples will spread far and wide.
If you'd like to join me and other likeminded souls, we're at 'Join The Inner Circle'.