Wednesday, August 3, 2011

At the completion of a situation in your life have you ever looked back and asked, “What really did I learn from this?” After working for the past month it put me back in touch and now that it over, I had to look back.

I had to ask myself, “What really should I be taking from this? Is there a lesson to be learned here?” While I have been waiting all morning for the storms to stop and the internet to come back, I did just that; reflected.

Did you know computers can get Alzheimer's? Apparently so, mine has been complaining about its memory for the last month. I gave it some post-it notes and told it to cope.

Did you know coffee stains on your wall can be considered modern art? It can if while trying to descend the stairs you are carrying a cup of coffee, a laptop, 2 phones, a roll of marked-up drawings and dodging 3 dogs racing for the one lone pillow in the basement.

I have forgotten how to schedule time properly. Working 14 hours a day you have to re-schedule something, I know this now. The dusty aliens are homesteaders and I need more forks.

I was taught not drink and run a PC. After 2 or 3 happy hour lovelies all the buttons look fun to push, which explains why my roof ended up in the heavens. Moral: data can be corrupted to drink with you, be careful.

Never, when you have been laid off, clean your office out. In your anger you will throw away all reminders of the position that was taken from you; thus no reference material.

If, like me, you get tunnel vision while working take note. White dots floating on the screen is not the energy saver kicking in. You must eat to chase away the dot fairies. Eat, before you are taken by them.

On a serious note, I learned or at least became painfully aware that no amount of money can replace what we share with our fellow humans and furry friends.

It is this interaction which allows us to chase away all our demons. Whether it is in reality or in cyber-world the interaction of sharing emotions is something our demons cannot fight. Just reach out and touch…



GigglesandGuns said, 

Heh, heh, heh. Remember all those times you laughed at my coffee mishaps? My turn!
I kept all my job stuff for several years. When I pitched it I got a cal the next day for a project. I turned it down and I feel good about that. Did you clean up your mess :)

August 3, 2011 at 3:39 PM  
Julie said, 

I love the photo! I can just imagine my cat Nate sitting and envisioning himself as a powerful wolf. Although he might be insulted by that as he already views himself as a lion and the king of all beasts.

The coffee stains cracked me up. I never would have made it down those stairs without falling right on my rear end.

Peace to you as well. *hugs*

August 3, 2011 at 3:50 PM  
Karen Walker said, 

Ah, Jules, nice to see you posting again. Are you glad your 14-hour days are over? I would be.

August 3, 2011 at 4:05 PM  
Samantha Vérant said, 

Yes! Fellow humans and furry friends! When I was laid off, I don't know what I'd do without my dog, Ike, or my friends. It's a tough time and non-judgmental support is necessary. And at least our cyber friends offer something too, something very tangible – a connection.

August 3, 2011 at 4:15 PM  
Summer Ross said, 

I really like your new lay out, it seems easy to navigate and the change looks good on here.

I'm glad your back.

August 3, 2011 at 4:55 PM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

Good gracious Jules 14 hours a day, seriously it's good to have you back. very interesting your observations I must say.


August 3, 2011 at 5:19 PM  
Corine said, 

I'm so happy that your workload has lightened, thus you have been blessed to enter the world of the living again. :) (Does the cyber world count as the world of the living? :o) LOL :D

August 3, 2011 at 5:29 PM  
Carol Kilgore said, 

14-hour days can do that. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and commenting.

August 3, 2011 at 5:34 PM  
Paula said, 

I used to have 14h days for years! By now I can not imagine working such hours anymore. I do however know that a set structure is important to keep in tune and not losing ones mind! What helps me very much though is 4h volunteering at the library. Keeps my mind more active, in touch with people and is good for the resume to. Whether I ever will need or not! Love ya.

August 3, 2011 at 5:43 PM  
Tammy said, 

You always make me laugh, both here and on my blog. That is priceless! So glad you now have time to reflect.

August 3, 2011 at 6:11 PM  
Ann said, 

All points mentioned taken. White dots eat. Very important. Interaction and reaching out most important. Wishing you a wonderful Thursday.

August 3, 2011 at 8:10 PM  
L'Aussie said, 

14 hours a day! Wow! No wonder you were seeing dots and spilling java! Now where will these reflections lead you?


August 3, 2011 at 11:29 PM  
Melissa Bradley said, 

Yay the 14 hour days are over! And yes, coffee stains are abstract art. :)So are chocolate stains. And wine stains and ...LOL

It's great to see you back blogging with us. I'll be going sporadic as I have a story due September 1. I am nervous as heck, too.

August 4, 2011 at 1:23 AM  
Teresa said, 

Work is :)

PS I think everyone should feel like a cat with a wolf shadow. Fierce.

August 4, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Jessica Bell said, 

Hehheee "I gave it some post-it notes and told it to cope." Love it.

August 4, 2011 at 10:58 AM  
The Golden Eagle said, 

Post-it notes. LOL.

14 hours a day is a long day!

Thank you for coming by my blog and commenting in among all the fray. Case in point, it really is the connections you have that make a difference. :)

August 4, 2011 at 2:30 PM  
Karen Lange said, 

Coffee stains on the wall are definitely modern art. You are so cool, even your house reflects your coolness...

Have a happy weekend!

August 4, 2011 at 9:17 PM  
Jayne said, 

Wish I had had a pod-mate like you at my last "consulting" gig. It was supposed to be 6 month deal. It turned into 18 looong months. It would have been a lot more fun if you'd been there to remind me of all the impromptu art around my desk.

Alas, the only thing I took away from that job was that I'd never want to do it again! ;)

August 4, 2011 at 10:53 PM  
Velvet Over Steel said, 

That last part is So Very True!!! & Thank you too for the image or stairs and dogs under foot. I Miss both the dogs and that now!! Maybe not back then.. but certainly now! :-)

Great reflection post, Jules!!
Big Hug!! ~Coreen
PS. I left you a long email response. You may want to be sitting down before reading though. LOL

August 4, 2011 at 11:51 PM  
Midlife Jobhunter said, 

"It is this interaction which allows us to chase away all our demons."

And a most healthy one also.

August 5, 2011 at 1:05 AM  
Theresa Milstein said, 

Here's another one of your posts that mixes your trademark humor with a pull of melancholy.

I've had computer with various mental and physical maladies.

August 5, 2011 at 1:45 PM  
Janna Qualman said, 

I *love* that picture. It reminds me that we see ourselves differently than the way others do. I find it inspiring.

And my best friend is good at looking over a rough situation, then asking, "What is my take-away?" I try to ask myself this of late. There is always something to learn from.

August 8, 2011 at 10:25 PM  
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