The Lonely Life
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
Anyone who works from home will probably agree that it has many advantages. I love taking occasional holidays from makeup and curling irons and can’t argue about the relaxed dress code. I love having the time with my children, even if I don’t always get to actually play with them as much as I’d like. I love being able to go on their school trips and help with holiday parties without asking a boss’ approval. And I certainly love the “commute” from the bedroom to the den a lot more than I ever liked the 40-plus mile drive to my old office every day.
But even so, there are some things from my previous career that I still miss, no matter how long I work from home. I miss sitting around a break room table sharing warm bagels and laughs with coworkers on a Friday morning. I miss feeding off other people’s adrenaline and sharing the excitement as we completed big projects together. I miss the adult conversation and companionship that came from working with people I enjoyed.
These things don’t bother me on most days, but sometimes they make me a bit sad. I’m envious of the stories my husband comes home telling about friends at work. I’m disappointed when people don’t seem to put much stock in my career because it’s based from home rather than a big office downtown. I’m lonely without the face-to-face time I used to have with customers and coworkers.
Fortunately, God knows when I begin to feel this way and He’s right there to help bolster my spirits and put things in perspective. Sometimes it’s through a song I hear on the radio or a tune that unexpectedly pops in my mind. Sometimes it’s through an email or phone call from a friend I haven’t talked with in a long time. Sometimes it’s a special smile from the children or a “thank you” from my husband that melts my heart all over again.
However the message comes, its bottom line is always the same – God blessed me with the opportunity to work from home, and He’s with me each step of the way. Whether I’m tired, frustrated or lonely, He understands how I feel because He’s been there Himself. What a joy it is to have the most understanding friend of all to keep me company during the ups and downs.
Thank you for always keeping me company as I work from home. Thank you for reminding me how blessed I am to be here, even on the days when I’m lonely.
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Excerpt, Work-from-Home Moms’ Devotions to Go. Copyright 2006, Leigh DeLozier