Get your back into it
One of my bosses saw this call, and got the ball rolling. We've just gotten through our big summer phase of equipment replacement, which means that, at the moment, we're flush with older computers with some life left in them, in search of a home.
This morning, we wiped, reloaded, tested, and prepped 40-some machines to head down south, complete with monitors. Planning and prep was a little more complex than initially estimated, and the actual work significantly more simple. (Which, I suppose, suggests we got the plans right eventually.)
It felt incredibly good to actually do something, especially something which involved roughly equal amounts of muscle and brains on my part. We usually donate our old equipment to charity, but I'm not usually part of the process. It's nice to get back the feeling of being active in this situation. It's not pumping the water or rehanging the electrical lines, but it's a small, tangible kindness which will help some person's life get a little more normal.
And my boss and my employer deserve a lot of credit for creating this opportunity for me.
Here endeth the lesson.