Saturday, August 25, 2018
The minimalist post
I have been working at this library for 24 years now. I know a lot of people. I know thousands of people here. I like them all, if I look at it the right way. Sometimes I help them with something. Sometimes they don't need any help. Sometimes the help they really need is not exactly library help even if they think it is.
Look! There's one now, a patron. We call them "patrons", which is kind of classy. He is walking past our service desk in his pajamas. We see each other. We smile. He doesn't need any help. So we wave.
It's super easy.
I love to work. And I love not to work even a little bit more. Sometimes, almost secretly, I save the library and almost alone I make it run. And sometimes I am doing so little that I am almost stealing from the library.
Does the library owe me a living? Yes, the library owes me a living.
The library owes everyone a living. Don't you forget it.
But that doesn't mean you shouldn't do what you can.
Do what you can.