When I woke up this morning, it looked like going to be a beautiful day but within minutes, the dark gray clouds started gathering and soon swallowed the whole blue sunny sky. Strong gusty wind rattled the clothes, windows panes and slammed the doors. There was shouting and screaming as people were busily collecting their clothes, closing their windows and dragging their children to school before it was too late. There was already a storm in my house as my family members were panicky rushing to get out to work before the rain started.
Within seconds, the drizzling turned into heavy downpour. It was a 2 hours marathon rain, causing disasters everywhere. Roads were flooded, trees were uprooted, pedestrians were drenched and the public transport system was paralyzed. The siren of ambulance and police added more anxiety to the air.
Since the buses and cabs could not function in the flood, people were rushing ferociously to the train station – their only hope to get to work dry and safe. The trains were already experiencing crush loads during normal day, just imagine the sudden overwhelming amount of passengers, it put even more pressure on its capacity. To rub salt against the wound, the public transport companies had just increased the transport fare despite no apparent improvement in their infrastructure and services. The daily journey to work has become a daily struggle. This morning heavy down pour just added more insult to the injury. As a result, many people were late – reaching offices exhausted, hungry and drenched.
Despite all the drama, I still managed to start work on time …. safe and dry.
No, I didn’t fly to work by private jet.
But simply because I work from home. You see, my office is my bedroom; it is just a crawl away.
No other times, I would appreciate it more than I did this morning. While my family members were rushing out to work, I was sipping my tea and eating my favorite toasts. While they were battling against the rains and struggling in the trains, I was reading newspaper and watching TV. I was cozy and warm at home while it was wet and stormy outside. I was able to empathize with them as I went through similar experiences when I was working in the corporate world.
Joy of Working at Home
My nightmare stopped when I started to work at home five years ago. It was not a pleasant experience at a start as I used to depend on my colleagues heavily whenever there was technical problem. I missed them very much for lunch or social gathering and even the juicy news from the water-cooler. Nevertheless, I managed to set up my home office and business sole handedly and never looked back at my choice.
Ever since I started working at home, I finally realized the true joy of it.
… I started to have more personal time.
… I feel more relax and peaceful as no more bosses screaming down my neck.
… I can eat, walk and breathe more slowly now.
(My body love the slow pace. I used to have gastric problem whenever I was
stressed but it gives me lesser problem now.)
… I have more time for my family members especially, my mum.
(She used to complain her children treat the home as a hotel).
So if you dislike the daily traveling nightmares, increased transport fares, overcrowded buses, trains and even the rain. Think of the possibility of working at home. Be it your own business or working remotely from your office, technology has made this possible now.
You’ll soon discover the joy of working from home and love it more than I do.
If you have positive experience working at home, please share at the comment box below. I would like to hear how you are doing at home as a home entrepreneur.