Okay, peoples, time to go to a calm, serene place. Like, say, here:
A warm, peaceful beach hut, at sunset… well, two huts, actually, connected by a small pedestrian bridge. It’s so tranquil, you’re tempted to just leap into that picture, walk over to that bridge (or swim, if you have to), and admire that beautiful sunset.
A warm, peaceful place like this is something I’d love to be at right now. First off, today was a busy day for me at work. Not productive, but still busy. Our department has been on a big kick of wanting to group certain teams together rather than seating everyone haphazardly. Actually, I think management’s new seating arrangement thing is a good one. We’re in a customer service environment, let’s just say; and when you’re on a team that doesn’t interact directly with customers but have to sit next to another team whose job is to field customer calls (and pouring on the upsell), all that talking and noise (not to mention small talk about how the guys’ sports fantasy teams are doing) doesn’t make one’s… okay, my work day a productive one.
So, management’s master plan has been in high gear the past week or so: We all stay on the same floor of our building, but the phone and non-phone folks have are separate sections. Thing is, though, that with people moving piece by piece, our team only found out this morning(!) that today was our day to relocate. But with all of us knowing this was eventually going to come, we had all of our paperwork and stuff boxed up in preparation for our move. Today, that move took place.
So, now I’ve got to get used to the new surroundings. The good thing is my new cubicle is slightly closer to a big window. Not right next to it, mind you, but it’s got a pretty good view of a pretty good eastward view of Madison. The bad news… well two bad news, actually, is that there’s still a little bit of noise going on, with not quite everyone in their new places just yet; hopefully, management’s idea to put up a sound wall to help damper the noise will help alleviate things. The other bad news is that someone I previously sat on the same row of cubicles with (but who is on another team) appears to be assigned to a pretty dark corner of our new digs. Yes, she sits next to the window, but she’s gotta crank her head to her left to take it all in, lest she decide to look forward and see a dark, ugly corner. For her sake, I sure hope building maintenance can add some overhead lighting where she’ll be sitting. (I use the future tense since she’s been on vacation visiting her family out of state; yes, her desk belongings were already packed up, but she’ll sure be surprised — nay, disappointed — when she returns next week and sees her new cubicle.)
But there’s another bad part for my teammate and I: Our cubicles now sit right next to each other, but we’re right smack dab underneath an air conditioning vent… which has been blowing cold air on us non-stop. Yuck! And I mean to use that word because when I have a draft blowing on me, I start to feel cold. And when I start to feel cold, my body starts to feel a little… blah, if you know what I mean. And with the colder months of autumn now upon us, and with winter right behind, it’s not the best time to feel sick and either miss work and/or make other people sick as you. Hopefully, the building maintenance folks will be on the ball and take care of that drafty A/C.
So, with the hectic day behind me, and who knows what coming up tomorrow (I’m sure it’ll be all good, though), my mind and spirit really deserves to drift off to somewhere not only peaceful but warm… or at least the warm part, what with it being autumn and the temperatures in Madison starting to really cool down. That’s why a Google search of “peaceful lake sunset” led me to the above photo. (Okay, it looks like more of an ocean than a lake, but it’s still a lovely body of water just the same.) I think I’ll just spend the rest of my evening admiring the warmth and tranquility of this beach.
Just breathe in… and breathe out… and admire the tranquility. Ahhh….