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“Peaceful” and an NSV.

Monday, March 04, 2019

I had an end of term lunch with colleagues today and they said they would miss me when I retire in two years. That was nice! They said I’m a “haven,” “peaceful.” On my table, they were all Japanese so they were looking for the right word.

I don’t get involved in anything because I got into some horrible office politics about twenty years ago. I stay silent in meetings - most of the time I’m just struggling to stay awake because I’m so bored - sometimes unsuccessfully! I’ve even had dreams in meetings! So anyway, I’ve never thought of myself as peaceful, just non participating. It would be a nice idea to aim to be peaceful though.

I haven’t been into school for a week because classes have finished. I’ve been making up for a slow February and increasing my exercise, and inspired by WATERMELLEN, stretching. I reached up for a strap in the train and it was much easier. I injured the arm in a fall twenty years ago. If I exercise it, I can keep up any normal movement, but if I don’t, it gets stiff. It was a nice surprise because it was after I grabbed the strap that I suddenly noticed I’d reached it easily.

Not a bad day except my office computer died.

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    Peaceful is a huge compliment -- even if from your perspective it's actually non-participatory. I loathe office politics and when I was teaching would do just about anything to avoid it (part of the reason I decided on self-employment).

    So glad the stretching is having quick and noticeable results!! Our bodies are grateful for every thing we do for them . . .
    316 days ago
    Great that your colleagues value you. I used to hate after-school staff meetings, invariably a complete waste of time!
    320 days ago
    emoticon Awesome nsv.
    321 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Being held in esteem by your colleagues is quite a compliment...they walk the same walk that you do, so what they say “matters”.. AND I have fallen asleep in meetings, too....ha ha...embarrassing, to say the least.
    Hope that you are enjoying your time away from work!!
    321 days ago
    Nice compliments from your colleagues! Great about being able to grab the strap without pain! I honestly believe mobility is very much a "use it or lose it" deal!

    Glad you are "on break"! Enjoy yourself!
    322 days ago
    I think that's sweet that your colleagues find you peaceful and a haven. I totally agree w/you about staying out of office politics. It can be totally overwhelming. Best to step back from that like you are.

    Have this visual of you trying so hard to stay awake in boring meeting! NOT easy sometimes.
    322 days ago
    Great to hear that your colleagues experience you as a haven and peaceful.

    And, nice NSV with the improved ability to reach! I had a similar experience with my left arm years ago. There were certain movements that were impossible for me on the left side. The mobility has vastly improved!
    322 days ago
    We rarely see ourselves as others see us. What a nice compliment from your coworkers!
    I'm a foot in my mouth kind of person. As I get older I'm getting better at keeping quiet - it's a struggle.
    Keep up the good work with your stretching.
    322 days ago
    what a nice compliment. I'm glad you found it easier to reach the strap on the train.
    322 days ago
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    322 days ago
    Oh Margaret, you made me laugh out loud when you said you've even had dreams in meetings! I'm thankful my job requires no meetings, but I remember being at the children's school events, such as assemblies and ceremonies, that were so boring I, too, dozed off and "saw" dreams. And it scared me, not because I was worried about missing anything but because I was worried about whether I had snored while I was asleep!

    I think that's such a nice compliment--to be called peaceful and to be told that you'll be missed when you retire. I haven't met you yet (though I feel as if I have), but just from your calm online presence, I get the same image of tranquility that your Japanese colleagues do, even though I know you have a lot of things going on under the surface.

    And it's great that you could grab the strap so easily. Actually, it's great that there was an unoccupied strap! That's sometimes a problem for me. I really need to hold on to something, and sometimes all the straps and poles are taken, so I have no choice but to stand there in the dense crowd, concentrating hard, holding my legs as firm as I can so as not to lose my balance and bump or fall into another passenger.

    Hope everything else is going well, too.

    322 days ago
    I once saw a fun clip on line of someone who painted eyeballs on their eyelids so that if they dosed off it still looked as though they were paying attention emoticon

    322 days ago
    Next time you're really bored in a meeting - examine the peaceful aspects of that - and you might just find you look forward to them. LOL!

    Peace be with you
    322 days ago
    AT least it was the office computer. They'll take care of it for you.
    322 days ago
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    322 days ago
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