"There is a slip of graph paper taped to the bottom edge of my home computer monitor with the words
ìI donít want to sit in a cubicle anymoreî written on it.
I wrote those words five years ago in my engineering notebook, sitting in my work cubicle, with the
department secretaryís small Spaniel curled around my feet. She knew where to look if her dog wandered off ñ
the pup loved me and I loved her. I itched to take her outside for a stroll that day, however, deadlines
loomed and I was stuck.
When I retired a few months later, I used an Xacto knife to excise those words from my notebook. I was staring
at those same words when, bored with retirement, I searched job listings for something to fill my days. The only
posting that caught my interest was an advertisement for a dog walker! I applied and I was hired.
My first week, I walked a total of five miles and spent the entire weekend on the couch, recovering. I was
painfully out of shape. Fast forward a few years and I was walking an average of six to eight miles a day.
I wore through three pairs of New Balance sneakers. During a family road trip to Northern California, I calculated
that in the last three years, I had walked to Eureka, California and back home a total of six times. Physically, I lost weight and regained my health and stamina. Pain from my arthritis disappeared. Out on the trails and sidewalks with my dogs, I was blessed with the feelings of peace and contentment that accompany canine companionship.
Today I drive from house to house where I am enthusiastically greeted by dogs I love that love me back.
Instead of office friends, I have street friends ñ postmen, roofers, gardeners, and people walking their dogs.
Not a cubicle in sight!"
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