- Published: Tuesday, 23 July 2013 17:06
- Written by Jane Peterson, Ph.D.
From our July Newsletter Tips & Comments Section:
When I think about selling our home and office of thirty plus years, finding property, finding temporary housing for a year while we build a new home, and moving everything we own, not once but twice, besides feeling overwhelmed I become acutely aware of context. Our homes and offices are the context in which much of our daily lives unfold. They frame and contain the activities, and the relationships, that take place within them. Context is what imparts meaning to the activities of our lives. Just as you wouldnâ€™t expect to have surgery in a restaurant, or to order a meal at the tellerâ€™s window of your bank, you donâ€™t expect to have certain kinds of conversations (for example, â€śpillow talkâ€ť) at work, nor negotiate over who is responsible for getting a big [work report written by the bossâ€™s deadline while tucking the kids in for the night. (Unless you have a home office, but more on that later.)