As I sat at my office computer this week with a long list of recorded interviews to transcribe and turn into articles, I couldn’t manage to accomplish anything constructive. It seems some days I just can’t get into it. That’s likely a problem everyone in every profession has experienced from time to time.
As I sat at my desk looking for an excuse not to do any actual work, my dog, Dixie, wandered into the office and insisted on sitting on my lap. Clearly that was a sign, or at least a really good excuse to completely goof off. Because just like Roger Miller sang, you can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd, you can’t type on a computer with a dog on your lap. (If you haven’t heard that song, Google it.)
Even on the farm, there were days when I escaped from the office and went out to the workshop with the intention of wrenching on at least one of my Jeep restoration projects. I’d get there, look at what needed to be done, then decide I should just have a coffee first. On those days the dog, the cat and I would spend ample time sitting in the shop office listening to classic country on satellite radio with that coffee. (Thank goodness I had the foresight to bring the old coffeemaker out to the shop office rather than let my wife throw it out.)
This week in my office with Dixie on my lap I put my feet up to watch the world go by outside my window. Dixie seemed to be in full agreement with that plan. She zonked out almost immediately.
As I sat there I set the music playlist on my phone to play. (Maybe the Roger Miller though got me thinking about music.) My playlist is a long one, made up of a variety of songs I found on YouTube along with things like theme songs to old TV shows I used to like, as well as some James Bond movie themes.
It’s funny how some songs bring back memories of particular times.
Looking at Dixie asleep on my lap made me think of the dog we had before her who used to sleep on my lap in the shop office. She’s now long gone. Dogs always seem to live in the moment, enjoying whatever situation they find themselves in at the time, making the best of the time they have. It’s a lesson we humans should pay more attention to.
Spending that time with Dixie was the most enjoyable time I spent in the office all week. As harvest is about to start for many producers, and may have already started for some depending on where they farm, there will be a few weeks ahead with little sleep and a lot of time in the cab.
If you haven’t started the hectic schedule yet, try and find some time to be “in the moment” before the season really ramps up. As you get older, they’ll be the times you look back on the fondest.
And no matter what, be safe as you operate heavy machinery during those long hours.
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