We like to think that we're all the kings and queens of our own Universe, but there are so many nasty reminders that this isn't so.
My latest realisation: your environment significantly impacts on your personality!
Wow, I've just arrived back from a lengthy road-trip to a bleak part of Johannesburg, and I'll tell you one thing: where you live and work is as important as whoever you think you are.
Driving along those hateful streets, far from anywhere familiar, I was struck by how I felt like a different person as well, like an alternate reality version of myself.
When I arrived back in MY office, staring out the window at the familiar trees with beautiful golden sunshine pouring down on them, I wondered how many of the world's problems could be solved simply by changing people's contexts ... even briefly.
Of course this sounds like a nonsensical idea, because we all already know about the value of taking a holiday at the seaside etc etc. However, why is it that we KNOW something innately - like received wisdom - and yet we have to keep rediscovering the same lessons?.
I hate boxy office blocks with cubicle farms. I hate businesses which operate out of the back garden of a suburb even when they can afford not to. Most of all, I hate generic apartments in soulless complexes, which we always mean to decorate if only we had enough time after escaping the aforementioned cubicle farms.
Interior decoration shouldn't be an optional extra only in the realm of the wealthy, or a consist of a last-minute decision over where to place the filing cabinet after moving into new business premises.
We share the responsibility when we select employers and our homes, and which route we take to work ... if you're too negative, it may be your toxic environment getting to you. We like to think we're immune, but we're actually amazingly vulnerable.
Join me in a slow amble down to the office kitchen, where I will stare contemplatively at the little patch of sky outside the building before stirring my tea sloooowwwwly. Snap back to work, refreshed.
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