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.

Camaraderie First

What matters most at work? I mean, besides doing the tasks you’re paid to do? I think it’s the relationships we have at work. I think it’s the camaraderie.

What do I mean by that? I think it boils down to common purpose, and people working together for the common cause and getting better together. Of course, not everyone works in the same way, not everyone puts in the same effort, not everyone has the same opportunity to contribute, but…

everyone can get better; everyone can do their job the best they are able; everyone can support each other with a good attitude and sense of teamwork; everyone can add positive energy to the collective.

That’s what I think it’s all about. Find a place like that, it’s the intangible that provides the glue and the energy and the cohesiveness for the long haul. And anything worthwhile? Yep. Business plans and changing forecasts and new product launches and audits and everything in between.

It’s a long haul. Stick together along the way? GOOD.

SF

There are a thousand things I like about San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of them.

I grew up visiting SF often as a kid. The bridge was always there in the background. A stalwart symbol of the city by the bay. 

SF was the big city to me. Still feels that way. The bridge is one of the timeless icon’s of the city. Thankful it’s right there, always present, timeless, cool.

So What’s With The Home Page Pic, Anyway?

Looking at the home page picture I’m using for this blog, it occurs to me that most (all?) everyone probably looks at that image and wonders, “What’s up with that picture, anyway?  Where was it taken?  Why the fountain?  Who’s the little kid?

So to clarify, there are several things going on at once that are either symbolic or personal or both, as to why I decided to use that image on my home page.  If you’re curious, read on…

First, I really liked the colors.   I like the way the blue looks extra bright coming through the water.  I like the contracts of the red in the sweater against the blue fountain basin. I like the shimmer and the shine of drops of water in the upper left corner, I just like the whole image collectively.

Next, I like having the bit of mystery to the person in the frame.  You can’t see the face, you’re not sure why the kid’s there or what the kid’s doing.  I remember several vinyl album covers growing up that had such a feel, and when I found this photo, that’s what came to mind.

I like the relationship between the fountain basin and the title of the blog, “Half Full, All Good.”  The basin’s not full (not even half), and yet the image is cool.  It’s good.  Maybe the kid just tossed a coin in the fountain with a wish for something good.  What else would the wish be for?  And what do I wish for that kid, if I could?  All GOOD.

Finally, the fountain just happens to be in the central square of my hometown.  So paying homage to that place, to where I come from, with that picture…that just seemed like the right thing to do.

The whole picture together conveys for me the feeling I try to nurture with this site.  Cool, a little different, real-life examples of good, wonder, lessons and inspiration in the seemingly mundane everyday, from anywhere.  Find it. Share it.  It gives me peace and some inspiration.  Hope it does the same for you.

And Voila!  There you have it.