A View for a New Year
The saying goes that the squeaky wheel gets the grease and I admit I do my fair share of squeaking. Over the last several years I have squeaked once or twice, or twenty or thirty times, about the fact my office lacked a window to the outside world. As a fan of fresh air and natural light, it has long been my only complaint about my work space.
Last year we began a handful of improvement projects in the winery. These included opening an interior wall to increase forklift access and replacing floor drains. In other words, they were construction projects that would have an immediate impact on improving the winemaking process. I was well aware that my pet project wouldn’t have the same impact. But as long as so much construction activity was happening all around me, I figured there was no harm in asking. So I squeaked again about my windowless office - and at last the squeaky wheel has been greased!
As is usually the case, the window installation was lengthier and more painful than anyone might have guessed. I quickly learned that the moment I received a phone call, someone would begin cutting through the stucco wall with a high speed grinder. Or the day I came in early to tackle an extra long “to-do” list, painters would arrive and give me a few minute’s notice to vacate my workspace. However, in contrast to my usual squeaking, I tried very hard to not complain during the process, because I was confident it would be well worth any inconvenience.
The end result, an office with a window, has been so worth any temporary nuisance. Weeks later, I continue to be pleasantly surprised every time I walk into my office. Fresh air, natural light and I no longer have to consider the irony of being surrounded by an amazing natural landscape that I can’t see. I couldn’t imagine a better way to begin a new year than with a new view to the outside world!
|The wall that cried out for a window....||My new view of the world.|