Discovering What You Value: Writing Exercise. Installment I.
1.) Create a list. Write down 8-10 WORDS about past experiences that you liked or maybe disliked. Think about experiences with high school, your youth, college, relationships, jobs etc. Be broad and general.
Examples: band camp, church, music concert, camping trip, karaoke, studying, football practice, first fight, 1st grade teacher.
2.) Pick one, take some time and write a letter to that word. Have fun, be specific, most importantly be honest.
3.) Share it with somebody.
I’ll go first.
Dear cubicles in my past jobs,
Gosh, where do I start? The highlight our days together was the game I played waking up every morning, “How Much Longer Can I Sleep Before I Really Have To Get Out of Bed.” I often experimented with different routes to get to you, but it always boiled down to two routes: The route with no surprises and the route with that ONE light that didn’t know what it was doing. That single crazy street signal provided a great deal of excitement for me and I’m now certain that choosing that route was also the cause of me being 5-10 minutes tardy every morning, please forgive me. We at least had an extra 5-10 minutes everyday after 5pm alone though right?
I apologize for never decorating your desks with pictures of my family and friends or brought in posters of my favorite basketball team to pin on your walls. I never knew how long we were going to be together, plus, I didn’t want to be the guy that had to ‘pack up’ his desk if I was suddenly asked to leave for whatever reason. Deep down, I never felt comfortable decking you out like you were a second home, it always struck me as weird thing to do. Your chest-high styrofoam stuffed walls made me feel like I was there just ‘to do’ tasks and nothing else. My lowest points with you were during my 90-day reviews. I had to laugh to keep from crying when my managers actually scored me on my level of ‘creativity’ I used to complete my assigned tasks. I was graded on a 1-10 scale and everything!
The two 10-minute breaks and one 30-60 minute break away from you everyday were fond memories. I got a chance to talk with people and I found out that you had folks from all walks of life sitting amongst your aisles; single mothers, World of Warcraft addicts, military veterans, church counselors, and aspiring rock stars just to name a few. I heard some amazing life experiences during my daily allotted times away from you, I only wish I had more time with those people.
I will never be ashamed of my time with you, in fact I’m appreciative and honored to have grinded out so many years together. You taught me valuable life lessons like the importance of an ergonomic mouse pad with a gel wrist rest and how to stretch different body parts while in a seated position. By far the most important lesson you’ve taught me though is that life is meant to be enjoyed, not endured.
With all honesty and seriousness, after reflecting, I see it’s not your fault we separated; the people were always great, I just never got along with the tasks you associated with.
You will always have a special place in my heart and I will love you (from a distance) forever. Continue to be nice to those cubicles that make it by the windows for they are angels sent from the heavens.