Deli clerk and boatbuilder. Welfare bureaucrat and professional safecracker. Street musician and systems engineer. Delivery man and composer. Pizza baker and retail manager. Teacher, preacher, and now, poet? Ah yes, as students of life we all gain wealth, knowledge, and pride from our work.
But married and father of three -- it is through the loves in our lives that we experience significance (whether or not these loves can last):
"Bind me to your bedpost
For you'll never bear to learn
How many loves befall us
Only but a single time."
(From the spanish Jose Maria Cano song "Lia" -- translation mine.)