Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -- Mark Twain
“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart”
Both quotes are attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt and I had to laugh when reading these because both came up while I was searching Eleanor Roosevelt quotes on the subject of friendship. Why am I thinking about friendship, you ask? Because it was around this time last year that TSO, RugbyGirl and I embarked on a new adventure. The three of us moved into our house, the glorious and lovely Avalon. And on this year anniversary I was thinking about how living together has taught all of us things about each other and maybe even about ourselves. We've had some fun, hit some rough patches and yet we are still making it work. I just hope that unlike the E. Roosevelt quote, none of us walks away thinking, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. " :)
More fun quotes on friendship:
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another,
What! You too? I thought I was the only one." C.S. Lewis
"The only way to have a friend is to be one." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A wise man remembers his friends at all times;
a fool, only when he has need of them." Turkish Proverb
“True friends stab you in the front."
“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”
“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked”
I first discovered Helen Ward when I bought a copy of her The Tin Forest--the story of a man who in his solitude creates for himself a tin forest; once he builds a replica of the real things he desires, it is only a matter of time before real plants and animals begin to appear in the tin forest--at a used book sale at one of my old libraries when I was in grad school. What makes Ward stand out is that she always paints an intimate story, including details that pull you into the world of the story. I just love her!
We recently got a copy of Helen Ward's The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse; not a
new story, but merely a retelling and re-illustrating of a Aesop's classic. I LOVE
Helen Ward's artwork, which is a feast for the senses, so full of color,
lavish artwork that leaves you feeling as contented as that adorable
The hardest part of being the Director in a small library is that we don't have an HR person, so on top of everything else we do we also get to do the paperwork for the new hires, and retires. Thank God for the internet or these processes would take a lot longer!
One of my board members pointed out that though I'd been informed of staff retirements, I had to officially accept them with a letter...I am finding that a paper trail is an important thing. So, I found a short and simple letter on one university's HR website (sorry forgot which!?) and honed it to work for us. Attached is my sample of a retirement letter.
Is anyone else out there going through this process too?