Everyone has a routine. Some people wait until the last minute to get out of bed and then rush to work. Some people will always be 10-15 minutes early for a meeting. There are people who want the same warm beverage in the morning without any changes. There are some people who need to unwind at the end of every day with a television, glass of wine or certain snack.

It’s when these people step outside their normal routine that things get thrown for a loop. My co worker, Bespectacled Smarty Pants (BSP) did just that this morning.

I generally get to the office at 8:00am. My work day doesn’t start until 8:30am but right now I’m carpooling with my husband because it’s a bit chilly and I really don’t care to walk all the way to work in the morning. On the way home is another story, but in the morning, no thank you.

So I saunter in as per usual. Drop my stuff off at my desk, wake up the PC. Take my lunch down to the kitchen area (it’s really just a mini fridge and a microwave on a table at the back of a meeting room) and pop my lunch in the fridge. I notice that the coffee from last night needs to be dealt with. Since I’m basically the first person in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays I make the coffee. All other days are handled by the timer on the coffee machine. I don’t drink coffee, but I have co workers who can’t function without it.

There I am, carefully measuring out the grinds and putting the pot to the side so I remember to rinse it out and not just start a new pot on top of the left over crap that’s there. I hear the door and look at the time. Ah. 8:06am. It’s probably Brain Twin. I go about what I’m doing and lo! It is not Brain Twin! In comes BSP, the guy who is ten minutes late at least every single day. Sometimes he’s twenty minutes late. He’s a young single guy that lives alone and apparently has a hard time getting out of bed in the morning.

And yet, there he was, coming down the hall oh so early in the morning! It truly surprised me. I couldn’t even tease him about it like I usually would!

I wonder what kind of stir it will create when others realize he was early today. It’s quite fun to watch.

We humans are creatures of habit. We have a pattern and we adhere to it. When we go outside that comfort zone, that’s when the magic can happen.

Posted by Sarah Jayne

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