People of CN: New Perspectives

by Allison Weeks
  Community, People of CN

Artwork by Albert McDonaldPerspective is everything, particularly during these challenging times. We reached out to a few of our colleagues to share the silver linings of this experience. Here’s what they said:


“I started eating breakfast, which I never used to do. I’ll have eggs and eat with my kids and then start working, which is nice. I’ve never gone more than a few days without shaving and now I have, resulting in what I call my Covid-beard.”
Andy Duncan, Senior Project Manager

“One positive thing that has come out of this is that I’ve gotten back into my music and painting. I’m rehearsing for a streaming concert next week and I have noticed that both listening to and playing music has been a great way to mentally escape. Painting has also become a creative form of escapism for me.”
Albert McDonald, Senior Architect

“We ordered take out to celebrate my birthday right before curbside only pickups started at restaurants. While waiting for our food, we were chatting with the bartender. During our conversation he said something that stuck with me. He said, ‘I want to be proud of the person I was when this is all is over.’ To me that means trying to be kind, patient, and understanding – even when it’s difficult. And focusing on all the things you do have and not the things you don’t. So, thanks to the Waterman’s Surfside Grille bartender for the positive perspective.”
Amelia King, HR Assistant

“My daughter is at such a quick developing time in her life – she’s 10 and a half months months old. It’s been great to spend more time with her while working from home. She’s become mobile, started waving bye, and telling us bye bye when we leave the room. She will probably be walking by the time I can go back to the office.”
Will Castelvecchi, Mechanical Engineer

“For me, it has been a surprise that I have gotten to know some of my coworkers better during Covid-19. There is a personal side to work-related video sessions. From finding out someone’s husband is handy and made the nice built-in wall unit behind her, to seeing lots of pets and learning random things – like someone wanting to have a kangaroo as a pet someday. My local team is having a weekly social meeting and I have both laughed until it hurt and had some near group therapy moments as we all get through this.”
Cat Brutvan, Corporate Communications Manager

Pictured above: Recent artwork created by Albert McDonald.