Thursday, June 25, 2009

Refreshing Without Relaxing

This week of teaching regular hours is both a break in my usual routines and a much more regimented new routine. The class day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a nice lunch buffet at noon.

Unlike my usual daily arrival at my office, I have to get to the classroom on time, stop for lunch at the assigned time, and then wrap it up at the expected moment. I'm not used to thinking: mustn't be late, or having the pleasure of the sudden school's-out feelig when the class ends. Usually I leave my office between 7 and 8 at night and usually I'm in the middle of something; it's not with a sense of completion that I go.

Also a change, I'm driving to a different location this week, a different set of flowers and stoplights and vistas and traffic bumps.

The brief change even toward stricter routine is refreshing. I'm not one who thinks all change is good, but temporary change can certainly help to clear the haze off the vision. It's worth getting up the energy to make such changes for ourselves.

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mamie said...

As a person who watches the clock thinking there is never enough time and who leaves twenty minutes early for a five minute drive, I have been very impressed with your ability to bring us up to the end of the session with such skill and right on time.

The class has been so informative and fun. Thanks, Peggy.

Peggy Payne said...

Thanks, Mamie. I so enjoy having you in the group. You've added a lot of good stuff.

kenju said...

A change of scenery is always refreshing.

Peggy Payne said...

My friend in the next office changes her workspace every few days: fresh flowers, moving art around, etc. I leave mine the same for years; I do see how nice it is that hers keeps changing. I'm probably getting some second-hand refreshment.