A Happy Office

As a white-collar worker, I spend a lot of time in my office. I think it is important to have an office that provides some positive energy and allows you to think happy thoughts, even on the most stressful, difficult workday. My office features photos of family and friends, comic strips and other clippings, bowling trophies, and work-related memorabilia from prior triumphs and big cases.

For my money, however, nothing beats “kid art” for lifting your spirits. My office is filled with drawings, a clay house, and my all-time favorite — a green, papier-mache, dragon head that Richard made some 15 years ago. He has always been gifted, of course, but somehow when he created this object he managed to capture a puzzled, pursed-lip expression that never fails to bring a smile to my face. It has been in my office forever, and I can’t imagine working without it.

For all I know, I never thanked Richard when he gave this to me, and I certainly haven’t fully acknowledged how much pleasure this bit of childlike creativity has brought to me over the years. So Richard, thanks! My dragon-like friend has been a treasure and a boon companion.