There’s a lot of sitting in marketing work, all while staring straight into the electric glow of multiple screens. When it came time to think about New Year’s resolutions, one of the first things that came to mind was to get up from my desk every day.
Sitting at my desk through lunch has become part of my normal work pattern. Without taking that time to get up and move around, that’s a whole lot of stationary time. Every. single. week day. I know I’m not alone in this – otherwise standing desks wouldn’t be in demand.
It seems like such a small thing – just 10 to 15 minutes of walking around the work neighborhood, but this short break packs a lot of punch. I often use it either to mull over something that needs solving or to clear my mind of all the work clutter and think or nothing at all. Either way, I come back to my desk with a calmer mind.
One unexpected bonus has been inspired in part by Lydia Whitehead’s initiative to bring adventure to the every day. I use these small walks as a chance to discover the unexpected. One day I peered down an alley between two buildings and stumbled upon a marriage proposal. Another day I found this wee knit bunny left on a ledge.
To me, these images are like a visual version of the six word story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” as told by Hemingway. There’s a full story there, but also mystery.
Did she say yes? Is a little one pining for this lost bunny, or did someone leave it behind, yarn bomb style to make someone smile?
Posted on: 01.20.2012