Wear your glasses to look back.
Recently, I stepped on the campus of my alma mater, William Jewell College, for the first time in several years. I’d been near the campus several times in the last decade, close enough to see the improvements that had been made to some of the buildings, but I hadn’t actually set foot in any of them.
You know, in my day, that stout building on the west side of the quad was the Curry Library. Now it’s just Curry Hall. I walked in to discover that the various library accoutrements were gone. Honestly, the ground floor was pretty sparse. “What have you done with the library?” I yelped to a lady standing behind what used to be the library circulation desk.
“They moved it downstairs,” she said, smiling.
In my day, the stacks of that library filled the entire second floor of that building. Now they’re crammed into a claustrophobic, low-ceilinged space that used to house a warren of faculty offices.
In my day, the library would have been bustling with students. Now, a couple of student workers were the only others in the space. It was sad.
William Jewell is still a fine school. I’m sure they haven’t jettisoned books as they’ve downsized their physical library. It’s just different. Some changes are for the better; some for the worse, but we tend to see changes from what we liked as uniformly bad. Sometimes we remember the past in inflated terms. Sometimes it is just our taste.
And yes, sometimes things actually were better in the old days. But that’s not the point. The point is living today.
- What are some things are definitely better than they used to be? What things are clearly worse?
- Can you name some changes that, while not clearly better or worse, just don’t suit you? How do you adapt to those?
- Pray that God will help you adapt to the bulk of changes in your life while trying to improve the changes that are clearly worse.