6.09.2010

The importance of good work.

I am under no disillusion about the presence of work in my future: I will always work. I really mean that, and I don't include the whole "even if I'm a famous writer who writes novels while surrounded by my African violets at home, that will be hard work!" kind of work. I guess I just like offices.

Some truths:
1. I like feeling productive.
2. I like having friendships and professionalships with my co-workers. There is something awesome about the relationships that develop between people whose brains buzz in the same room at the same time.
3. I like commuting, the act of leaving, of arriving, of passing through the outside world as I move my day forward.

I've been very lucky to stumble into a great gig at Arc90. One day I'll write a long and dramatic post about what it was like to leave Frenchness behind and enter into The Land of The Nerds. Suffice it to say, I am very happy doing a whole host of tasks at Arc: from UI design to client relations to helping make good decisions about this important place. I love it all. And when I don't love it, well, I take a deep breath and I switch gears and I get a chai tea latte. And things are better.

I write this because I just came out of a meeting that's spinning me off in a new direction again. Of anyone at Arc, it sometimes feels like I'm the most randomly-assigned, but I enjoy the frequent switching of contexts. It keeps me fresh.

In this particular meeting, I felt the familiar excitement of a new team and a new challenge. I can't imagine getting that kind of jolt by being a stay-at-home-anything... and though I do think I want to stay home with kids one day (for a certain period of hard-earned-time-off after going through friggin' labor), I don't know that I'll be tempted to extend that for too long.

I feel very lucky to get paid to work with a bunch of smart goofballs. It feels like good work, like earning my living and using the old noggin'... just as those hearty German ancestors would have hoped for me.

2 comments:

Avi said...

Great thoughts! You're quite the philosopher. Keep it up!

LK said...

Hi Jen! Just wanted to let you know that I added you to my blogroll :) Great blog!