I shared this image tongue-in-cheek with family and friends yesterday.  It was meant as some kind of humorous dig at how I was feeling.  There have been changes at work and at home so I was was feeling jaded and worn out.

stone-stackSo, in the midst of providing excellent customer service,  ordering laptop repairs, reinstalling software and like .. I made a stone stack .. and felt this was my greatest achievement in the whole day.

My bosses would probably have other thoughts about my attitude, but in hindsight this was a key moment in the day.  The stack took about 5 minutes to make and in that time, I was using a completely different set of skills than I’d been using during the week.

I was playing.

I was free.

For five minutes I was using fine motor skills, spatial logic, touch and intuition.  I was feeling the weight and balance of the stones in my fingers, the roughness, the smoothness, imperfections in the surfaces.  The first one or two stones were easy to balance, but the fourth and fifth were more tricky.  I needed to really concentrate on finding the balance points.  I had to start over a few times.  I had to pay attention to the shifting centre of gravity through the previously placed stones, finding out by trial and error which stones ‘wanted’ to be where.

In doing this, I escaped, for a moment from the routine of the day.  From the stream of software installations and office politics.  I refreshed myself.

I was free.

I was playing.

So, I achieved something different and learned something new and did something fun for a few minutes. When I walked back to my desk I had a smile on my face.   I think this was, in fact, the most significant achievement of my day.

What did you think about this?