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Room Without A View


The building pictured above is where I work.  With thirteen floors, it's the tallest building in our city. (You folks from larger cities can stop laughing now :-)  The six offices that comprise our law firm are located on the ninth floor.  The view of the city is great from up there, and  I was enjoying it immensely until a week ago.  Then the powers that be decided to redesign our office area to reduce the walk-in traffic wandering in the hallways and make it a safer work environment.  (We deal with people who are experiencing a lot of emotional upheaval in their lives.)  So they blocked off one hallway with a new wall, and added a door to the other, which is locked and can only be used as an emergency exit.  Then they installed a new entrance in the center room, transforming it into the reception area.

When I started here nine months ago, my office was located in one of the five rooms that have a full wall of windows.  My windows faced North, which was perfect... no blasting hot sun from the West, and mini-blinds to control the glare on bright days.  It's the first time in over thirty years of working that I've had a room with natural lighting and an outside view, and I loved it!  Alas, it was not to be for long.

Since part of my job is to serve as receptionist for the office, it was necessary to relocate me to the newly created central reception area.  This came with benefits like a new desk and credenza and a new computer and laser printer.  I truly appreciate those things, but it's still your typical square box with florescent lighting and no windows, and it is no longer possible for me to close my door during my lunch hour for a bit of blogging time. SIGH  So, I did what I do best, I pouted and grumbled, and felt sorry for myself.  :-( 

I have to admit that the new layout makes more functional sense, and it stands to reason that the receptionist needs to be located in the reception area.  So, after wallowing in self-pity for a bit, I did what life requires of us.... I got over it and decided to embrace my new space as it is. We'll be doing a bit of decorating, perhaps some new chairs and paintings for the walls, and I will personalize my corner with photos of family and furkids. :-)  Right now I'm still getting settled into my new digs, and it will take a bit of time to feel like "home" but I'll be ok with it, because that's how I am.

Bottom line folks, often we can't change what happens in life, we can only change how we react to it.  I can pout about it for the next ten years and feel sorry for myself, or I can get over it and move on, which is what I chose to do. 

On the plus side, I've learned that I can use the conference room for my lunch hour, and last Saturday Papa Bear took me to ATT where I learned I could turn my iPhone into a wifi hotspot, so now I can take my new Eee Pad Tablet to work with me and continue blogging during lunch break... yay!   So often, if we put our minds to it, there's a way to work things out to where we can live with them. 

The room with the view was nice while it lasted, but I can still see outside when I walk down the hallway outside our office suite, so it's not like I won't know what the weather is today.  Maybe I'll bring in some music and "treat" the staff and clients that pass thru my area to my favorites... oldies but goodies.  Let the "kids" here listen to some good stuff for a change, hehehe! :-)

Life goes on.  In the big picture of things this is not a critical issue, and not worth letting it steal my joy. It's up to me to make my office feel welcoming regardless of walls or windows, and that's just what I'm going to do. After all, I spend more waking hours here than I do at home, so I will find a way to work it out, just as I have each bump in the road on my life's journey.  I am a survivor, and this one is no biggie at all! :-)

7 comments:

  1. I love that you are adaptable and accepting of your new environment. If only others in this wide world of ours could have the same attitude how peaceful we could all be. Thank you for sharing! :)

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  2. Josie, you are both wise and wonderful. I think you are there to teach the young ones. You have much to impart. I have no doubt that you will, just by being you.

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  3. I would have followed suit & pouted for a while, but then made the best of it too. Nothing beats a good pout once in a while, unless a birdie poops on your lip!

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  4. I'm so glad that after thinking about it for a while, you accepted the change with good grace. You have a lot going for you, and much reason to be happy. And how nice that you've discovered this method to use the tablet. Sounds great!

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  5. Good for you! Sometimes you need that moment of pity to jump start into something new. Good attitude!

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  6. What an incredibly wise post, Josie. It's true that adapting and being flexible are very much the keys to holding on to our joy. Soon you won't even notice things have changed!

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  7. I like your attitude! When life gives you lemons, right? Sometimes I'm glad I can't see what it's like outside when I'm at work. Since I can't be out there. I soak it up when I can.

    Hi Wendy!

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