I’ll be honest: I’m a “Chatty Kathy.” Being a talkative programmer is unusual, but alas it’s who I am. And the struggle to be quiet increases significantly when I have some new technology that I’m excited to share. Or at least I tell myself that my fear of silence stems from noble goals. Even still, how can I talk to my coworkers when our careers demand that we remain quiet and focused?
Happiness. It’s what we all basically want. We want the peace that comes with finally being okay.
Sure, but you (rightfully) ask: “What about me? I can meditate just fine at Yoga class… but I work in a fast-paced business that is always pushing me for more results.” Peace exists for you, too. We can even bring calmness into the workplace.
So how do we balance the quest for serenity in a world that won’t settle down?
Cycles, sprints, iterations… these are all buzzwords that the software process community has been using for years. Most of these words were design to help us “fail fast and fail often” so that we can learn more about how our users feel about the stuff we’ve coded. But have these words really helped us? Sadly, for many software developers, these words are empty. We’ll attempt to reinvigorate of these buzzwords (like “sprints” or Agile cycles) by analyzing one of the oldest words in human history: “samsara.”
So, I’m looking out from my home office window about to start this blog thing. It’s gonna be an amazing opportunity to connect with people about what makes myself and them happier and healthier at work. Can’t wait!
Update: This was not supposed to be my first post– I made it just to test out the blog. So when I returned just now to upload what was supposed to be the “real” first post, I had a weird realization… isn’t being in the moment and forgiving yourself of the past what this blog is supposed to be all about? Yes. So this “temporary” first post is here to stay. As we’ll talk about very soon, being happy with your work means patting yourself on the back even when the outcome isn’t perfect. So come along and read how to grow (as I do) in learning to accept the past and embrace the happiness of the present.