Thursday, September 13, 2007

Staying engaged

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.


  1. it is so wonderful to have work you love to do!

  2. Hi Syd, I didn't always love my work, but as the years go by, I find a comfort level in knowing what I'm doing (most of the time). I work with some really great folks too...and that makes my days pleasant. You sound content..and that is a cool feeling.

  3. Hi Syd,

    Your soul has so much depth. My love adores being surrouned by people . . . sometimes I just don't get it for I am an isolater. at times. However some of his beautiful attributes (those which I see you hold) I truly appreciate. They offer me comfort. I enjoy watching him be surrounded by friendship & love. I seek this.

    Intellectuals . . somehow I think you two would get along so well :)

    For you to be happy in what you do, RIGHT ON! Not many can say such.



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