For many, the virtual and remote office may seem to offer unfettered flexibility and fun. But it was only with great degrees of perseverance, intentionality, and discipline that I learned to manage and balance the virtual office life, and the long days of isolation, in ways that serve and enhance my mental wellness.
Back in the day, I managed a KFC in rural Virginia. I know what you’re thinking. It must have been glorious. The smell of fried chicken wafting all day into my nose. Communing with fellow fried-chicken advocates. Biscuits. So many biscuits.
Our goal is to impact the world positively, and our vision for achieving this is by equipping individuals and organizations. We want to transform individual’s lives so that those individuals can then transform their communities for the good.
Have you ever been in a room full of people and nevertheless felt alone? This may sound paradoxical, but I’m sure you’ve experienced it. This is something I experience at least once a week at a networking event, party, or even in a cafe. I also do a decent amount of marriage and family counseling. It’s striking to me how even in the closest relationships we can feel the mostly lonely and isolated, especially when we don’t feel understood.
Early in our marriage, my wife asked me, “What do you need?” I gave it some thought and confidently answered, “food, sleep, and a home.” I couldn’t even fake it because I couldn’t think of any possible answers to that question.