I tried to take the day off yesterday but with all my will I couldn’t walk away. Stephanie and Maia are away looking at colleges, Sophia at school and Daniel sleeping until noon left me with myself. After taking the girls to the airport and the little one to school, I had just one thing to do in updating the status of accounts for a call that afternoon. Still email pulled me in and I started to respond. My team knew then I was available and to their credit and my mistake – I told them I was. Just call my cell if you need anything – “its a staycation and I’m pretty much just trying to relax a bit.”
So I opened up mail and started replying – then considered the fact that I could do more with a CRM database (using Quickbase) I was personally developing to help me track and manage my work. That quite frankly led to the pleasure of losing yourself in a project without interruptions, I have always enjoyed the solitary methodical work of programming just am not patient enough to really learn the art of coding – so I am an excel, database dog that likes to build. This ended up going on for about three hours and took me to noon – had a bite to eat, did some more email and then stopped. I walked out the door and gardened. Cutting the dormant bermuda and zoysia grass down – considering the possibilities.
But it was a cool day, my back is aching a bit and I got tired. Went inside and began to read. But not to read for pleasure – I have a few books I need to read for work, a project. The nice thing is, they really are interesting – at least the one I’m reading now: Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time. Enjoying my new PaperWhite Kindle – relaxed in my hammock out back.
The focus should be for me right now on exceptional customer service but the book is inspiring and for me naturally taking me to that recurring theme i learned from past deep dives into the writing of Joseph Campbell on following your bliss. I love the passion Schultz had as a younger man – turning things over to follow his. And the insight he had seeing the possibilities at the same time. Reminds me of a lecture I once attended by Scott Adams discussing lucky people. He sighted a study that pointed out often those we think are lucky simply see more than others, they are more observant and catch details – I might add they have the courage to act on it too. In my experience that is something that diminishes over time. With all the weight of the world on an older person’s shoulders – the fear of failure becomes very real.
But I digress – the day got better. I did update the information and when the time came for my call felt prepared. I spent more time in the garden – plants I ordered from Park Seed arrived; I’d been waiting for them. Some difficult to acquire perennials that I’m hoping take and grow this year. Some I’ve had for a few years now are starting to really establish themselves, the Herb garden is getting stronger this year as well – I’m bound and determined to stay ahead of them this year, not letting them seed too soon.
So today its raining – my goal is to clear out the home office and move items to storage; making room for the possibilities of redesigning that space for a little more comfort, creativity and a spare bedroom for guests so Sophia isn’t always displaced. But first I’m going to catch up on my reading… there were some interesting news tweets earlier in the week, I want to read and re-tweet relevant items for my team and those who follow me. Maybe I’ll work on that CRM quickbase a little more… oh geez. Here is another read from a friend at work on that subject!