Monday, November 9, 2015

Look Out the Window

I arrive at work this morning, energized and ready to tackle the day. I have some intense “excel” to do (as Tim would say) and I was ready to knock out this big item on my to-do list.

I get to the office, park in my usual spot overlooking the pond and now multi-colored trees, and head in the back door. Usually the first one from my team, I head down the dark hall without flipping on the lights. Something about the darkness and quiet before everyone else gets here is soothing to me.

I enter my office and flip on one of two switches so that only half of the florescent bulbs come alive with a buzz.

I start my typical Monday-Friday routine. I power up the computer, turn on my other monitor and digital frame, gazing for a moment at a silly picture of Tim with a bird on his head, and linger on it as it fades out to Piper and Bear snuggled on the couch.

I take my tumbler to the kitchen, clean it out, and refill with fresh ice, water, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

I get back to my office, plop down in my rolling chair, nearly missing, and click away on the screen, firing up everything I need to get to work.

Then, like slamming head first into a brick wall, I see this:

The internet is down. No problem. I’ll get what I need  from the shared drive and start working on my excel sheets.

Wrong again. The servers are down. Just like that, all efforts for a productive morning are skidded to a halt.

I take a lap around the office to make sure it’s not just my machine. The lab guys are loitering, the finance team affirms they are having issues too.

I go back to my office, text our IT Manger, and sit.

I look out my window at our pond, and see the two swans swimming gracefully by. I take in the orange, yellow, and burgundy trees. I notice how peaceful the morning is when focusing on this setting instead of the click-clack of a keyboard.

I start to smile at the realization that a tool that didn’t even exist 30 years ago now has the power to bring an entire organization to a halt.

We are so reliant on these connectivity bars, on this magical beast who provides the world at our fingertips that without him, we are forced to take a breather and look out the window.

So now I sit back and watch the trees sway back and forth in the light breeze. I see a bright orange leaf, a rebel amongst his green peers, break free and take flight, landing gently on the pond.

I think that maybe this juxtaposition is what makes our world so great these days. We can fly people across the globe in metal aircrafts, we can save lives from diseases that once crippled nations, we can communicate with people in real time who are thousands of miles away. Our ability to learn and adapt is limitless.

But all the while technology is helping us move forward and making our lives better, sometimes it likes to shut off and take a break. And maybe it does it with a smile. Becasuse it knows we need it.

So that we can reflect and clear our minds. So that we can take in the world around us. How it is naturally and how it is by our doing.

Because both are what make our world so great.

1 comment:

  1. Ahh yes....we all need to take some time to slow down and appreciate the little things every once in awhile! <3


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