Interesting Week

Working from home is not something new for me. Before COVID-19, I would work from home two days per week and it allowed me to get some focus time to get my projects done and going full time working from home seemed to start out that way until last week and I am hoping that last week was an anomaly, but my calendar seemed to fill up with meetings from start of the day until end of the day, which I do not mind, but it is keeping me from getting any work done on the projects I need to complete. May be there was a reason for all the scheduled meetings last week. May be it was there to distract me, because last week I learned that my sister-in-law lost her sister to COVID-19. I did not know her that well, but I love my sister-in-law dearly. I got the message that she past away over lunch this week. It was surprising and saddening as well, but I had meetings to attend and I pushed the sadness away, like I normally do, and dug into work. It wasn’t until my evening walk that I had time to feel into the news that I got at lunchtime. I let the sadness wash over me and even shed a few tears. I tried to call a few friends to talk about it and they were unavailable, which was probably by design to let me be with my emotions, because I know the conversation would have quickly turned to something else instead of me telling them what I was feeling. Over...

Happy Easter

Easter is upon us and whether you celebrate the Easter Bunny coming or the Christian resurrection of Christ, Easter is going to be very different this year. What I appreciated most about Easter is the family gatherings. When I was very young, Easter meant that we would all get a new outfit and we would journey to Boston for the long weekend to visit my great aunt and her family, which included her mother, my great grandmother. I remember my great grandmother always getting up early and cooking in the kitchen. One of my favorite meals was breakfast and she would make what she called “Pillows”, which was fried dough that puffed up like a pillow. You would eat them with butter and maple syrup. My mother used to make them from time to time and they were good, but they were never quite as special as the ones my great grandmother made at Easter. Even as I got older, Easter was still about getting the family together for a meal and catching up. My wife’s family is quite large and getting the family together is always special and a lot of people. Over the years, I have watched my nieces and nephews grow up and now, I am getting to see them have children of their own. These family gatherings are one of the few times a year that I really get to see the extended family. This year, with COVID-19, we are all encouraged to stay home and celebrate in isolation. In isolation, Easter will not be as special without the family gathering. Yes, there is video...

How was your week?

I hope that you had a good week. Mine was very busy with work. I had a few new projects kick off and for one of them, I had several hours of meetings with the client. It was good to be busy, but it was hard on my butt. I tried to make sure that I was listening to the prompts on my Apple Watch to tell me it was time to stand up and at least walk around for a few minutes, but I was not always successful especially on back-to-back video calls. I am glad to see more people using their video during the calls. I do think that the video and Internet providers are having problems with all the video connections going on. I have still continued my morning and evening dog walks. They have become my morning and evening commute to and from work. Not that I stop working after the evening walk, but it is a nice break and gets me away from the computer for a good chunk of time. What I have started to do during my evening walk is to talk to many of my friends. Yes, when I would drive home from the office, I would normally connect with my friends, but I have really expanded the list of people that I am talking to. I have surprised some of them by calling, because I normally do not talk to some them, but it has been a welcome connection to hear their voice and make sure they are ok. Some of them have even surprised me and thanked me for...

How are you doing?

How is it going for you? How are you handling all the changes around the COVID-19 pandemic? It has been stressing me out a bit. On Saturday, I was doing my normal errands to pick up stuff we needed in the house and when I got home, I was really feeling stressed. I am seeing more people with gloves and masks. I am seeing more signs about what you should be doing about the virus and if you are not feeling well to stay home. I am seeing guards in stores that never had guards before. At one store, the guard asked, as I walked in, if I had been traveling in the past 14 days. I am seeing lines and signs on the floor to show me where I am supposed to line up to help keep the social distance. At one place, their systems were down and I had to pay cash. Ugh! Handling money, which my wife has reminded me is one of the dirties surfaces we can come in contact with. I am thankful that the stores that I went to did not have many people in them and that people were keeping their distance from each other as much as possible. I am hoping that the social distancing is working and slowing the spread of the virus. When I came home with all that stress, I am thankful that it was a nice day and I could get out for a walk in nature. I grabbed the dog and we went for a long walk on some trails in the neighborhood with some of...

Morning Calm

COVID-19 is causing the world to change and with that change, I feel COVID-19 is stressing a lot of people out. I say that because I am feeling some anxiety over it due to the uncertainty and the changes that are going on in our society today. Even though I am used to working from home, I do like going into the office to interact with people a few days a week. Thus with mandatory work from home, I am missing the social contact of the office. Yes, we use video conferencing and it just isn’t the same as walking over to somebody’s desk and talking about the latest episode of Picard, or how did the Leafs do last night, or how is your bracket doing for March Madness. Plus, am I the only one who turns on their camera to welcome people to a video conference? What is up with that? To help me, and hopefully help others, I am going to start doing what I am calling Morning Calm. Morning Calm will be a 10-15 minute morning meditation that I will do live at 8:30 am EDT, Monday through Friday. You do not have to be live to watch it, just click on the daily link and watch it whenever it is convent for you. I will be posting the daily live link on several social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter, around 8 am EDT. Please forward to anybody who you think would benefit. I will be producing it using Microsoft Teams Live Events, because it is something that I have available to me and...