Work Spaces

Early Arrival or Late Departure?

Where do you work? When do you get there? When do you leave?

One space

What does your work space look like? How does it make you feel?

Another space

Does it reflect who you are? Or is it neutral? What does it do for you?

And another space

Is it a place you enjoy? Do you like being there?

And yet another space

My two cents? Be content to work wherever you can, where ever you can find space. But given the opportunity, make it your own, however humble, leave a bit of yourself there, welcoming to you, to all.

Do What You Can Do

Two examples here I’d like to share. Two men who believe in taking care of the planet: Doing the right things around that every day.

The first guy I know; he’s family. He’s a dad and a public servant and a bike rider and an outdoorsman.

And he picks up the trash when he’s out in nature as well.

This next guy I know only by what I read and podcasts I’ve listened to. Similarly, this guy is a dad, public servant, and outdoorsman.

And he picks up the trash when he’s out in nature as well.

Void

What fills the void?

Not sure, what do I mean?

In your personal time? In your work time? In your soul? The times when things seem unsettled, uncertain, a little {or a lot} empty.

I find it’s things, the little things, day-to-day, these are the things that fill the void, that make it all worth while…

Early mornings.

Time with family.

Finding the reminders of good in the world.

Listening to music.

Being creative.

Focusing on the little things that make each day a little better.

This we pray. “Give us this day our daily bread.” Just enough. Finding it. Making it. Sharing it.

A Week In Pictures

What a week; so many different aspects; here are some of the highlights.

Early up, more often; helps sooth the anxieties of the day.
Halloween is coming; decorations in the neighborhood.
One of my favorite bands from long ago; listened anew; it was great.
That debate; WOW; I wish I’d had a bit of whisky like David Brooks did; good call, David.
Another beauty in the neighborhood.
It was a good month for the blog; thanks for that.
The moon’s been spectacular all week.
The air’s gotten worst; another wild fire burns in the region.
As the weekend begins, we ponder the Trumps testing positive for COVID.

And that’s a wrap. Onward and upward, peeps.

Find the Wild

Go to the wild, it’s waiting for you.

It’s a place to pause, to return to the beginning.

It’s a place that’s easy to get to; it doesn’t take much.

It’s a place where we can experience a touch of the Devine, maybe more than a touch.

It’s a place to find God, if you listen, and you’re patient, and you pay attention.

These pictures, from a bit of wild tucked in the midst of 2 million people, all shapes and sizes.

It doesn’t take much.

As Francis says, “…life is grounded [in part] to our relationship with the earth.”

AMEN.

Ocean Therapy

I always seem to forget the value, the worth, the peace, of Ocean Therapy. Just being there, that’s all it really takes.

The breeze, the water, the sound, the constant, demands attention, quietly, consistently, relentlessly there, of of it, insistent.

How long could I sit there? One hour, six, twelve? Sun up until sunset? Waiting, listening, relentless, constant, unwavering, those waves. And so what?

What’s in your mind, it slowly gives way, slowly, ever slowly, then maybe suddenly? It goes the way, it goes away, it falls away, you’re left spent, empty, and yet full, too.

Of the sounds and the breeze and the water, all, much is said, need not be. The ocean, constant, insistent, quietly, therapy.

Your Cell, Your Space Station, Your Home

We’ve been cooped up for a while.  

Second month under way, Shelter In Place, living with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Brings to mind at least a couple other situations where people are living under controlled conditions.

Can you imagine living in a prison cell?   6 feet x 9 feet, your reality up to 23 hours a day.   Living confined, no obvious variety to your day-to-day, forced to look within, forced to free your mind, the only space you can truly control.

Or maybe being in outer space itself, on a mission aboard the International Space Station, living in confined and gravity-light environ, spinning around the Earth at 17,000 miles an hour.  Your work would consume most of your waking time on the ISS, no doubt, but you would still most likely struggle with the living conditions and monotony. 

Or you could be at home, living under Shelter In Place Orders from your county and state.  You could be trying to keep yourself and your family healthy and safe in the midst of a global pandemic that’s infected over 2.4 million people (known), and killed more than 165,000 people globally.

It’s not convenient.  It’s not easy.  It’s not pleasant sometimes, and can be down right challenging; many people feel (rightly so), that their lives have been shaken up, turned upside down. 

Yep, it’s not easy, not by any stretch.  Then again, it’s within our capabilities, if we have our health and some source of income to keep going.  KEEP GOING.  We need to take it a day at a time; you might even take it an hour at a time.  What can you do next to make things a little better, to do your job, to keep things going forward? 

Do that.  Then do the next thing.   

Step by step, moment by moment.  It’s ok.  Keep going.

 

 

Use What You Have

Often times we have to quickly adjust to changing circumstances.

To be successful, we have to do the best with what we have in the moment to create the best outcome possible with given constraints.

When we suddenly were ordered to stay home and “shelter in place”, most all of us had to adapt. Three weeks in, we’re still making adjustments and modifications to plan and place and schedule to accommodate.

Example? Living with four other people in a three bedroom house, you’d think there would be plenty of space. Not so much.

Two of the three bedrooms are only set up for sleeping, really; no desks, tables, etc. to use as work space. So my wife took the third bedroom we use as a reading room. That’s her base and classroom; she does her virtual teaching from there.

The kids are working at the dining table, and using the family room as their play/craft multi-use space. That leave me the garage, which I’m perfectly happy with. We don’t use it for parking vehicles; it’s a multi-use space too.

I started working in the washroom / dogs kennel side of the garage. I set up a make-shift standing desk on top of the recycling bin; that worked for about two weeks.

Now that we’re in this “work from home, shelter in place” mode for at least another month, I’ve moved to the other side of the space, where I already have a desk. I didn’t go directly there because it was piled high with other things (the garage space also function as storage for things only sometimes used). Enough of that though. In pretty short order I cleared, cleaned, recycled, and voila! a whole new look, a whole new functionality.

Amazing what you come up with when pressed. What actions can you take to improve your situation? Look around; there’re likely a few options to choose from. Go ahead, make it a little better. Make it GOOD.

Romance Sprinkled Respite

Gratitude to start the week. Gratitude to start every day. Extra bunch of grateful just now, after a short weekend escape sans children.

Grateful to my beloved for planning it.

Grateful for the support for the kids so we could get away.

Grateful for living so close to a very different, wild, and beautiful place.

Grateful for the walks on the beach, for the conversations.

Grateful to have the chance to be just the two of us, reflecting and remembering and rekindling and refocusing an resetting our coupleness, romance advanced, time well spent.

Just GRATEFUL. To be fortified. Recharged. Ready now once again.

Into Week Three, we continue in this COVID-19 Shelter In Place, Social Distancing, in collective efforts with our global cohort, to beat this virus back, stay safe, and save lives.

A few images linger…

Slow.
View.
Flock.
Last stop.
Back home. GRATITUDE.