Just in case you ever consider taking a sabbatical–you should know that everybody wants you to do everything before you leave. I have so many meetings, so much stuff to do, so many things that need my attention that by the time the sabbatical comes, I’ll be completely exhausted.
Part of the craziness is getting things ready for the class I’ll be teaching there, as well as trying to find a place to live. Another option just fell through, so I’m starting to get nervous.Â What I really want is a dorm room at one of the GTU schools. But I can’t get any of the housing offices to reply. So much for customer service.
And, of course, this is the season for computer problems. I’ve been trying to install Norton AntiVirus 2007 on my desktop and it fails every time.Â I’ve tried all their fixes and nothing works. I’m at my wits end. And don’t get me started on Microsoft. I’ve been trying to roll back to IE 6, since 7 is unstable and generally a pain, but it will NOT allow a rollback. I’ve deleted IE7 every way possible, and it’s still there, so IE 6 will not install.Â Grrr.Â Maybe one of my sabbatical projects will be to become a Linux geek like my brother.
One of the hardest things about being a minister is how much of one’s work is invisible. This week, someone did something I expressly told them NOT to do and now there is an uproar.Â And other things have not gotten done and people think I’m the one standing in the way, when I have been pushing as hard as I can.Â It’s a weird and crazy life, trying to manage a gaggle of volunteers, a staff that is overworked, and aÂ congregation that has a lot of big ideas, but not enough infrastructure to keep them going.Â And all of it is being constantly scrutinized by everyone.Â I guess I’m having a whiny day. I do love the work, it’s just hard sometimes. And this is one of those days.
And then there’s the snow.Â It is beautiful, but something else to deal with. Just like life.