I don’t know about you dear reader, but for me, there’s nothing quite like a week with your family to help set some perspective.
Where we live is quite the rural idyll and by quirks of geography, we escape much of the rougher weather. With that in mind, the Ever Lovely Mrs J and I have had many dog walks together. Wee Man has had space and time to relax and play his guitar while we’re out. Little Miss has entertained herself with gaming or reading. We’ve been out on day trips and had good times together, so it’s been a very pleasant break.
I, perhaps foolishly, checked my work email to remove some of the crap before I go back. There’s nothing on fire nor stuff I’ll cop for on my return. Yet, I look at the messages and think, does any of this actually matter? There seems to be a lot of busy work and running around, but little to show for it.
Take for example the week before I went. I found out that two of the projects I’d worked on had been canned. Not that I mind; binning them was the right thing to do. My question would be why did we start in the first place? It seems such ideas start from the top and go unchallenged. They creep forward like a glacier, driving things out of the way, trading things within, before grinding slowly to a halt when the momentum runs out.
If I have an *ahem* Bright Idea, the Ever Lovely Mrs J and/or the kids will poke at it and we’ll discuss things. If, after some reflection, it’s deemed not to be right, we don’t plough on regardless. We may try things for a while, but there are few occasions where we refuse to turn back. Not that we’re quitters, moreover I think we know when to change our plans.
Maybe it’s the return to work blues talking, or maybe it’s time for a new scene. I look out of the window and see the beauty of the trees, rolling hills, and fields….
I don’t miss the office. In fact, if anything, I would rather spend more time here than sat at a desk. The trick, if you will, is to find something that pays the bills and interests me. I can find the former or the latter; but not both. Gah! Money, money, money…. Still, only a few more decades until retirement eh? 😉