My company has been remote since the beginning of the pandemic and I will be staying remote permanently. So today my mission was to officially pack up my office.
Now that I’m at the end of the day I can say confidently that today had a lot of potential to be difficult. However, each time something difficult came up, I found myself changing my outlook.
Here’s what happened:
- I found myself getting frequently emotional, thinking how much I’d miss seeing my coworkers in person regularly.
- I had only planned on the packing taking a couple of hours but it took about five.
- When I finished the 40 minute commute home, I realized I’d left my work computer at the office so I had to drive back to get it.
As these thoughts happened, I shifted my outlook in the following ways:
- I reminded myself that I haven’t seen my coworkers in person in about 9 months but we’ve still found meaningful ways to interact.
- I reminded myself I could still see my coworkers periodically as most of us live in the same city.
- I was grateful to have such great coworkers who I want to see regularly.
- I reminded myself that I had blocked the entire day for this project so the fact that it took longer than normal didn’t really impact me.
- On my initial drive home I had enjoyed some of my favorite podcasts. So when I realized I had to drive back to the office I decided to look forward to more podcast time.
- Because of my extra drive, my hubby and I decided to order food in for dinner, so it led to a nice treat for the end of the day.
It’s not always easy and this was a light day compared to some days many others are having right now. Regardless, I never cease to be amazed at our capacity to choose how we react to a situation. That’s why this is my happy thought today!