The main agenda on the left, the hidden agenda on the right, photographed and posted online during the meeting.

The main agenda on the left, the hidden agenda on the right, photographed and posted online during the meeting.

I have known boring meetings: ponderous, overdrawn, and dreary spells of tedious reports, chewing on dry bones of pointless deliberation, and sitting for hours on butt-numbing chairs in cramped conference rooms where the room’s inviting window to sunlit outdoors cruelly taunts the spirit with the view of freedom so visible yet so forbidden by that thin sheet of windowpane that separates the reality within from the allure without.

Fortunately, in this era, technology has come to the aid of endurance. Smartphones, tablets, and social media add the capacity for diversion as long as the use is subtle and discreet. Truth be known, I’ve posted some rich (and humorous or poignant or sarcastic or a combination of all 3) Face Book updates from such meetings in the last several years. For me, this multimedia outlet provides a hidden agenda, a means for rounding off the blunt edges of the meeting’s main agenda with a creative foray into imagination and fancy.

I admit to this hidden agenda with a clear conscience, by the way, lest one should question my work ethic or devotion to task-at-hand. In reality, the hidden agenda makes me more productive, because these momentary retreats from tedium sharpen and focus the mind for clearer concentration on matters at hand. Thus, may this mind never waste for want of invigorating respite.

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