Thursday, August 26, 2010

Beach days drawing to a close

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I came down to the beach in May, for a temporary job assignment. And even though it's a beautiful place, you can still get bogged down in work things - writing reports, analyzing data, formatting documents, chasing down answers to questions.

I realize that far too often, I spend my days sitting in an office, crunching numbers or following up on trivial details, gossiping or griping - when only steps from my office door, a whole world of natural beauty awaits.

Sometimes I have to force myself to push away from the desk, to walk outside, to head for the sand and the water, the gulls and the scent of salt.

But when I do, I never regret it. It recharges my batteries, and makes it possible for me to go back and re-open my email In-box. It's always worth it.

In mid-September my assignment ends and I go back to my regular office. I'll miss this place, and I think I'll always wonder if I appreciated what a wonderful gift this assignment was, even with its challenges.

I'll be glad to be back with my familiar co-workers. I've come to appreciate my long-term boss and her knowledge, her fairness, and her honesty. And here's the thing - my regular office is in a pretty nice neighborhood too. Maybe I should make a practice of getting out and exploring things there. Right?


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Aunt Snow, congratulations for your summer of getting out to explore things.

Also, the ocean and the beach make awesome subjects for photography.

Well done!

kcinnova said...

The reflections in your last picture tie in so well with your own reflections.

KBeau said...

Your beach pictures are just beautiful. Makes me wish I were there.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I can't imagine anything better than being able to smell the sea air while at work. I'm always more relaxed near the water...bliss.