I read someplace that endings are only the beginnings of something else. This is very true, but often times endings are opportunities.
When I’m not a DJ (when I leave work for example), I’m also a lot of other things. I’m a video gamer, a fairly good cook, a world traveler and a collector of many things… particularly books. Ok, so maybe I’m not being completely honest, I’m a total bibliophile (a book collector). I’ve been a voracious reader for as long as I can remember. My reading evolution began someplace with Dr. Seuss, then A.A. Milne, then Judy Blume, then C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Richard Adams, Vladimir Nabokov, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Anais Nin, Alexandre Dumas (Can I stop yet?), and the list goes ever on. Unlike music, I can’t recite from memory the books I’ve read like I can with lyrics, but I certainly am just as methodical in how I organize and catalog them, perhaps even more so than my music library. And although I use the word ‘library’ to describe my music collection, I wouldn’t dare use that word to describe by book collection… I’m just not there yet.
For the past two and a half years I have kept a large part of my book collection on a borrowed bookshelf (two shelves actually). A handsome pair of seven foot tall Ethan Allen shelves that someone offered to let me hold for them, with the understanding that one day, someday, they would come to collect them… Today is that day.
“I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will”
So for the moment, I have over four hundred some books in piles on the floor. This does nothing for my wanna-be Henry Higgins self image, but those shelves – like so many other things in life – were never permanent, and now the search is on for a replacement. It is time for a change.
“Turn and face the change”
So many songs are written about change, and so many books as well, all with the same message in mind. Change is good; Change for the better. Sometimes the changes we make in our lives can be disruptive, but how disruptive they are exactly is often times up to us. I’ve known that I would be saying goodbye to these shelves from the day I brought them home, and although they provided a temporary solution, the thought of now seeking something more permanent is both exciting and exhilarating.
During these past six months I have seen many changes, and a lot of people dealing with change. Folks changing how (and where) they live, play, eat, work and spend. I’ve done some changing myself in some of those areas, particularly in the way I do business… I’ve ‘adapted to my environment’ you might say. In the midst of constantly hearing ‘recession, recession, recession’ I have seen some clever ideas, some new ways of thinking, and some creative alternatives to the way people ‘used to’ do things. I’m amazed at how a little ingenuity can sometimes go a long, long way.
“Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative and don’t mess with mister in-between.”
I think I can handle finding a place to put a few books.