Eating at My Desk, again
I sat down to a salad for lunch. At my desk, to eat while I worked. Some where along the line, I forgot the promise which I made to myself only a few short months ago: to no longer eat at my desk… But here I sit, and here is also where I ate my 1/2 bagel and sliced orange with coffee for breakfast and here is where I sit to eat my fresh salad with sliced cucumbers and apples, carrots and sunflower seeds. Why? Why can I not stick to this resolution?
Perhaps it is because I do not like to eat alone – most likely it is because I just like working.
Favorite thing to do?
I had a great opportunity to sit down with Jeanne Achille, renowned PR pro and ask her a few questions on a recent radio show called Talent Talk Tuesday. She was a delightful guest with an incredible base of knowledge covering many aspects of public relations, marketing, technology, and HR. At the end of the show – I ask each guest what I call a “hit list” of favorites – the final one being “What is your favorite things to do?” Without hesitation, Jeanne answered, “Work. I just love to work.”
And that is when it hit me. This is why I eat at my desk and why I rise so early to start my work day. It is also why I am good at what I do and why I have so much work to do. I love to work. I love what I do. Makes perfect sense when you think about it. This doesn’t mean that I do not get burned out or do not require a vacation – for I most certainly do, we all do. We need to replenish and restore – it is how we become revitalized and ready to continue to provide quality work – whether that is a service or a product. We need to rejuvenate.
I hate that I have – at certain times in my life – been made to feel guilty for liking to work, for enjoying being on the job. Why is that? Is it jealousy or contempt? If I like my job, perhaps others will expect you to like yours? Every new job I have started in the last fifteen years (there have been 6) – I always believed, “This is the job from which I will retire – I could do this for the rest of my life, and I would love it.” Ah-Ha! And therein is where another problem lies – I do not want to retire. I love my work, I love what I do – it makes me happy.
So I refuse to feel guilty
I will no longer feel guilty for eating at my desk. I will no longer feel guilty for loving my work. And I will publicly thank Jeanne Achille for helping remove some of the stigma – I myself have placed there – of having work be one of my favorite things to do.
My kids often rise in the morning and go to bed at night to the sounds of me tap-tap-tapping on my keyboard. And though they are teenagers, it has been their lullaby for many years. And I find comfort in that – they have seen me commit to a life of work and I enjoy it. I can only hope that they find their life’s passion the way I have found mine…
“Every action you take gains meaning when it is viewed through the prism of who you are. The better you grasp who you are, the better you will be prepared to manage yourself and take actions that help you to reach your dreams.” – Robert Steven Kaplan from What You’re Really Meant to Do