I've always enjoyed Andrew Sullivan's blog inclusion of his readers' views from where they are.
And I've been thinking a lot about my own view lately.
For the last several years, I have enjoyed working in what has been, really, my dream office.
My desk at Seattle Pacific has faced a floor-to-ceiling window with a beautiful view of a quiet courtyard. Japanese maples. Magnolia trees. Squirrels, hummingbirds, the occasional prowling cat. Bald eagles. Falcons (real falcons, not just SPU Falcons). Students rush by in lively parades every hour. Professors, some of whom instructed me in my college days, stroll by and wave and sometimes stop to say hello. In the winter, it's a chilly, enchanting scene. In spring, it's a celebration. You should see what happens in the autumn. It's like the Fourth of July.
It has been a view filled with beauty and spirit-lifting color and inspiration for my own writing.
It has also been a place to share movie posters with the students on campus. Movie publicists, knowing I had a display space on campus, would send me movie posters to display in the window to the constant parades of passers-by.
Well, it's the end of an era. The University Communications office is being remodeled over Christmas break. The remodel will be a very good thing for the team, I am sure. It will be a new open workspace, allowing teams to work together more efficiently and productively. And it will be much more aesthetically pleasing to my coworkers than the Cubicle Farm has been. (If things work out, I may even get to keep the standing-desk arrangement that has been a benefit to my health, my spine, and my sleep.)
But in the new world, my office is being replaced by a conference table.
I'll have a desk near the back of the office, facing a wall. No more friendly daily greetings from my professors. No more front-row, all-day vantage point on the heavens declaring the glory of God. I'm packing boxes and saying farewell to my dream desk. I now realize that I would rather look at this one familiar and ever-changing scene than have a big-screen TV with access to 1,000 channels.
I'm grateful for the years we had together, the SPU Weter Courtyard Ornamental Grass Garden and me. If weather and work cooperate, I'll make frequent trips with a lawn chair and a laptop computer to the courtyard, so I don't lose touch with the light, the color, the faces, and the Voice that has had a great deal to do with my best work. No matter how advanced office design gets, nothing compares with the Almighty's own designs.
What's the view from your office?
Edited by Overstreet, 14 December 2011 - 04:47 PM.