When Everyone’s Watching
Across the road from the room I’m sitting in, attending a conference in Washington,DC discovering how to help dads and families, is an office building with large windows. The glass windows reach from ceiling to floor. Each individual pane of glass has an office on the other side. The occupants of these offices have been going about their day unaware of the guy whose mind sometimes wanders when he’s been sitting too long. One man is walking around talking either to himself or to a speaker phone, another lady is having an animated conversation with her desk plant or is on a video call. There are people setting up rooms, working on projects, talking to co-workers, picking at their scalps, and what looks like a sing along with music including hand waving.
They’ve been much needed entertainment when my brain gets restless. I smile because I’m fairly sure they’re not aware of my watching. I smile because I’m sure I’ve brought amusement to folks who’ve spied on me when I was unaware.
Wisdom teaches it’s a delicate balance to live as if everyone is watching but not being burdened by what they’re expecting to see.