Um Aboodi, thanks for that, i think it is lovely!
I dont have an office
, but I used to work in a very very busy casualty (ER), and man, can I relate! It was really hard in the beginning, cuz EVERYONE, including the profs and my boss, would be looking for me at the exact time I would be gone. I just got paranoid about what a bad impression it was leaving...when one of the nurses, mashaAllah, "sister Mary, quite contrary"(sp?)...made a little sign (posted it on the docs meeting room door, where everyone ate lunch or hid from the patients waiting outside!)..the sign read: If you're looking for (insert my name), and you can;t find her, it's cuz she has a meeting with God. You think you're stressed now, wait till you interrupt a meeting with GOD!
So wait a couple of minutes and she'll be back.
After that, they would always tell whoever was looking for me, that I was praying, and would be back. Even when I wasnt praying, but needed to run an errand!
It helped that I didnt have to pray right there, we had a prayer room about 5 minutes from the ER.
We just have to get creative I guess. Thanks Mona:)