Monday, February 05, 2007


Norma, a blogging friend who writes Collecting My Thoughts as well as 7 other blogs, had an interesting post today about change. Among her astute observations are these:

....change is always with us, isn't it? ... "change" is one of the reasons I retired at 60 instead of 65. I was so tired of the constant changes--the reporting line, the staff, the consortia, the committees, the technology. I thought there must be more to life than learning a new software gimmick that would be gone in 6 months, or the names of student staff who would only stay a quarter.

When you're young--like 18-25 or so--the changes dribble like a soft rain and you hardly notice them. Also, you tend to gloss over them thinking they (the changes) are temporary and eventually things will settle down. Doesn't happen. As you age your mind accumulates and stores all these changes, and their warranties and instruction manuals are still on your shelves; they become burdensome.

That last sentence is music: It gave words to a truth I had known but not recognized. And to add to the resonance of the new understanding in my mind and heart, the thought was written in just the right key. It is thoroughly singable. The composer, a retired librarian, chose just the right notes to turn the prose into poetry and set it to music. Bravo! Bravo!

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