This morning, I had a moment of complete gratitude. It hit me how lucky I have been to stay at home with my family during the workday. Please know that I would trade anything to end this awful pandemic and cease the suffering of so many, but I also don’t think it is necessarily a bad thing to appreciate some of the outcomes that have transpired due to social distancing measures.
I don’t think the opportunity to work from home could have come at a better time for my family. As they continue their cross-country transition, we are thankful that I can have a 24/7 presence in the house to offer stability and support. Although I am obviously tied up from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., I know the comfort of having me upstairs is a very welcome feeling to Sid, Sloan, and Beau.
But I think the arrangement might boost my psyche even more than it does theirs. To spend time with my children all the way up until I report to my upstairs closet office in the morning is a blessing. Not going to lie, it is stressful getting them ready for the day and then hauling them off to daycare before making my own commute. With that out of the equation, I can really enjoy the time I have with them, which leads to me reporting to the job in a happy and refreshed mood.
Never before have I looked more forward to the lunch hour. Forget about eating a sandwich alone at my desk. I now get to join my wife for leftovers or something else that doesn’t consist of peanut butter and bread. Sometimes we will eat outside on our back deck and watch Sloan play. Other times we will turn on the news or Netflix and eat on the couch. What a nice and healthy way to break up the day.
Then comes quitting time. Walking down the stairs to begin the evening with my wife and kids is so much better than jumping in a car and battling traffic. I also don’t feel stressed when it comes to wrapping up tasks at the end of the day because the pressure of battling the clock to leave the office on time just isn’t there.
Best of all, I like the brief moments of interaction I get to have with my family while I am holed up in my home office. Sloan will sometimes bust in with a huge grin on her face. Sid will bring Beau by on a daily basis so he can say “hi” to me. These little things propel me forward and brighten my day.
Working from the comfort of your own home has plenty of advantages, both from family and productivity perspectives. One day I might write about the latter, but tonight it is about the one that matters the most. I am trying to embrace and appreciate this arrangement as much as possible because I know it is a luxury that many of us will only enjoy for a very short time in our careers. Don’t Blink.