A couple of weeks ago I was having a week from hell... Totally swamped with work, stressed about my mounting To Do list and trying to ignore issues that I hadn't yet figured out how to fix yet.
Then I woke up to this crazy, magical, ice-covered Canadian winter wonderland outside my window. There'd been a storm overnight and now everything was sparkling as if it were made of diamonds.
I drove the kids to school, kicking myself for not always having "my good camera" with me. But I knew that I didn't have time for playing in the snow. So I returned to my office, planted myself firmly at my desk and booted up my Inbox. As last night's emails began to download, I certainly wasn't feeling motivated. It was hard to force myself to start answering the dozens of requests for time I didn't have.
Worse, I knew the scene outside would all melt within the hour, pretty much as soon as the sun hit the sparkling ice that had covered everything from trees and weeds to street signs and fences. If pictures were to be taken, it would have to be now.
When self-scolding failed, I said "to hell with it," grabbed my D90 (and 24-70mm f2.8 lens), and headed out in search of some great photos. The winter wonderland photos turned out to be pretty amazing.
When I returned from my photo safari, I sat down at my desk with crisp winter air in my lungs, a hot cup of tea in my hands and a smile on my face. I am positive that I doubled my productivity that day. Why? Because I took less than an hour to indulge in a creative activity that I love, one that had absolutely nothing to do with my To Do list. #justsaying
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