I've had a good work week, having to make a talk today at a national program review. It went well and I was glad to talk with my colleagues. I had a good feeling at the end of the day that I had done my best. Based on that, I was happy as I went home and got an opportunity to then just relax. I like work weeks that are filled with activities and interactions. Many times, I am in my office at the laboratory where I work, solitary and working on data or a report. I like my solitude but also enjoy getting together with other scientists and participating in discussions about programmatic direction.
Sometimes too much solitude gets me too far inside my head. I like staying engaged with others and find that I take comfort in being around other people. I often have to make sure of my motives though because the need to be engaged with others can be directly related to some fear that I may be feeling and don't want to face when I'm alone. But today I am just enjoying the intellectual discussion and not feeling overcome by fear or self-will. I'm glad to have this day and am looking forward to more discussions tomorrow.
There are times when I think that I have the greatest job in the world. I suppose that's why I got into this field to begin with. It's not only intellectually challenging but also has allowed me to see so many interesting things.