I work in a large corporation now for the last 6 years as an systems engineer. I’ve moved offices many times and I’ve transferred around within the company (working in Dublin for example) sometimes. It occurred to me that this is an interesting metaphor for the Buddhist notion of Samsara, rebirth, etc.
In the time I’ve worked for this company, sometimes I work in nice office locations, sometimes in bad office locations. Sometimes, I stay at that location for many months, sometimes for a short time. If I work hard, and make a positive impact on the company, it helps me somewhat to get a better office. But, even then, I might still get a bad office if other conditions outside my control still affect my ability to get a good office space.
As of March, I got a new office space, with a much better view:
It occurred to me that while this view is nice, it won’t last forever. Sooner or later, I’ll get moved to another office, and it will probably be a step down. Also I’ve worked in some office spaces that were cramped, noisy and with no view at all, but they too only lasted so long. So, whatever office space I am in, regardless of whether it’s nice or ugly, comfortable or cramped, I will only stay there for a limited time.
Also, even though I have a nice office now, it’s still work and comes with all the obligations, stresses and such work will offer.
The only way to really have a sense of freedom would be to just stop working. But maybe I’m not ready for that yet. 😉