I still have a couple of days off, although I had lunch with my astute board chair today, and will head to a couple of state library functions late this afternoon. Here's a truth about the administrative life: you're never really off. You have one life, not several. And it's a good life.
It's been interesting, and a little sad, seeing the ongoing effects of the County Commissioners' intrusion into library operations. My board and our own track record have earned some respect, more, I believe, than we have gotten. But I found myself thinking, as I drove across the gorgeous Western landscape (Columbia River Gorge, Coeur d'Alene, Montana, northwest Wyoming) that there are so many beautiful places, so many wonderful communities. As noted elsewhere on this blog, the Taoist perspective is about finding the right focus: close in when there are crucial details to be managed (or particular beauty to be appreciated), panned out when there is a larger context to be considered (or a panorama of magnificence).
Life is all about change and attention.