I’ve been preparing to move lately, working on selling my house and finding and buying a new one. It’s been an energy-intensive experience, and it’s come at a bad time: we’re also working hard at the library to (hopefully) reopen further, and we’re dealing with regular changes in our objectives and restrictions. I’m on three taskforces, and I’m navigating staffing changes as some staff return to in-person work after 15 months away.

On my desk at work, I have a quote from Chinese inventor and philosopher Lin Yutang. It goes like this:

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

–Lin Yutang

The thing abouthaving too much that needs doing (really needs, not busyness disguised as needs) is that it forces a level of prioritization on your life. I set aside the writing on this site for a little while as I worked through my house-selling adventure. There are also things at work that have gone undone. I can’t afford the time they would take, and I can’t give more than 100 percent. So certain things go by the wayside. But there’s a wisdom in it, even though I don’t have the time to reflect on it as it occurs. It’s simply the product of understanding my own limitations and allowing them to exist. I used to pretend like I was unlimited and invincible. I know now that I’m not.

The next month will be critical for me: I’ll have big decisions to make before I move, and the trajectory of my life will definitely change (hopefully, for the better). For now, I’ll continue working hard and trusting to luck for the rest. I’ll try to post here again next week, but I might not. I’m trying to practice both of Yutang’s noble arts.