Seems to me that trying to be present, to live in the moment is incredibly difficult if you’re an academic. Courses are scheduled nearly a year in advance, books need to be ordered six months in advance, and students you advise are planning their courses three years in advance. Research is even more not-in-the-moment. Sheesh. Granting agencies want to know your three-year plans, university committees want to know your five-year plans, and if you want to shoot for the top, well, you’d better have some career plans.
I’ve always been a planner; in fact, I think it’s one of my skills. I’d really rather plan than do, but that might be a personality flaw, and topic for another post.
Right now, I’m trying to live in the moment, and also plan for my sabbatical. Brent and I are hoping to spend time in our souls’ home, VanGroovy, from January to July 2008. We’re hoping to rent our pad here on Fox Point Lake and find a home to rent in Vancouver. If you know of anyone looking to come to NS, please send them to my posting on SabbaticalHomes.com or on HomeExchange.com
If you know anyone who needs a home rental in Vancouver during that time, and will allow us to bring the kitten-children, have them contact us.