I’m in my second official week here at the Waialae Baptist Church office sitting in for a family friend. Between casual conversations with the pastors and administrators of different ministries I get to sort through mail and email, file papers away, type on desktop keyboards (and typewriters), spin in a chair that swivels, print church bulletins and outlines, and I have a gorgeous view of the park adjoining with my elementary school:
Now that I’ve been out of the rigor of classes and have had to shift my brains into an office setting, there are things I have realized:
- I really, really, REALLY like office supplies. And typing on a real keyboard. And sitting on a swivel chair. And receiving mail daily. And being climate-controlled.
- I really, really, REALLY hate answering the phone. And answering questions about financial things. Well, finances general.
- Being out of school makes you appreciate sleep.
- I like being able to putter around the house and have ice cream at any hour I want.
- Transportation is liberating.
- Being on a computer all day makes me want to read more.
- Confession: I have yet to pick up a book and pretend like I’m going to start reading.
AsianJapanese food in Hawai’i is far superior to that of Virginia.
- Lack of true community inhibits spiritual growth.
- Saying you’re going to do something is less effective than writing out a list, glancing at it then mulling over when you’re going to try and start the task.
- Being in an office makes you want to make more lists.
- Waking up at 6:30 to get to work before 8:00 is easier when you go to sleep at 11 at night. I miss being a night owl.
- Owls are fascinating.
- Garrison Keillor’s voice is a great thing to hear at 9 in the morning unless you’re exhausted.
- Alzheimer’s Disease is frightening.
I am enjoying this new experience to be a part of an office setting. This moves me up to work experience number six. That’s scary. It’s almost like I can’t hold down a job, which I can’t because I keep traveling between Hawai’i and Virginia… Okay, so in conclusion of this really scattered post I’ll leave with this: Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.