I love my work. No, really I love what I do and there is always something positive to take away from each day in the office. I know I sometimes moan about the little things that frustrate me or the fact I have too much to do in each working day, but despite all that I am lucky to be able to say that I enjoy my job.
I was reminded about how much I love my job a few times this week, and not least because I have had a week away from doing it. Holidays are great even for those who love what they do. It is by taking some time away from the daily pressures that you can start to see things in a different light. Stepping out of the frantic activity gives you the chance to review from an outside perspective. That problem that has been plaguing you can sometimes be quite easily resolved when you have a bit of time and space.
The break also allows you to rebuild and strengthen again. I find it is a way to disconnect but strangely to also reconnect with the work and why I want to do it. When I leave for a break I have to accept that I am going to be detached from what is happening. Ok, so I have still been checking my emails every day, but I have not been able to get my hands dirty and get involved in what is happening. As is often said absence makes the heart grow fonder and it is true. I stop being caught up in the minor annoyances and instead reconnect with why I love the job.
I had the chance to discuss my work with pupils at a local school this week. It was part of an introduction to the world of work and a lunch meeting where they can learn more about different occupations and professions. I love being able to talk about the work I do now and that I have done in the past. We covered everything from what you have to do to be a mounted police officer through to how the media get news. It is incredibly hard for young people now who face some really difficult choices to make at a very young age and I wish I could do more to help them.
Being able to talk about my job during my holiday summed up what this week has meant for me. It has been about reconnecting with why I enjoy what I do, and trying to explain this to others and excite them about the world of professional communications. I needed a short break not just to relax and recover but also to reconnect.