It's not a peaceful way to start the day, but it is what it is.
And so I begin to see this work space, overhead-lit and open as it is, as an oasis of calm. There are the windows pouring light into the room, and there is the fact that until about 8:12 the overheads remain off. There are the small, clattery sounds of other people arriving, getting settled, making coffee. And there is, most of all, the work.
When it's interesting (as it often is here), the calm continues as the day wears on. Because there's nothing so quieting as absorption.