1500+ Miles and a World Of Perspective

There’s so much more I have left to write about Hutchinson and Pretty Prairie and the Wolcott House, and I will, but as my first day home waxed and waned I kept thinking about a conversation Joanna and I had yesterday as we were driving back to Chicago. She asked me what I would take home from this trip. After ruminating for a moment, I realized it was perspective.

I don’t think anyone would doubt that I love running The Local Tourist. My tag line may be a tongue-in-cheek “I tell people where to go”, but the truth is my job is to help people have fun. Despite sounding frivolous, it’s a pretty noble cause. More fun = more smiles = more kindness = better quality of life for everyone.

That, to me, is a great responsibility and it’s something I take seriously. Sometimes, especially lately, too seriously.

I have been a tightly-wound bundle of nerves for…days? Weeks? Years? At this moment I have over 1400 unread emails. Mind you, I cleaned them out while I was gone. And I still have over 1400. Spam has been culled. Newsletters I’ll never read have been deleted. Potential blog post ideas have been noted and archived. Those remaining 1400+ emails are from people wanting me to respond or do something with the information they’ve sent to me. And that’s not even counting the additional 700+ in Facebook.

But you know what? I left for eight days. I set up an auto-responder that said basically “hey, I’m out of town, but if what you really want is to have your event/business/special on The Local Tourist, here’s how you can add it.” And the world didn’t end and people added their events and businesses and specials and I spent some very special time with people I truly love.

Perspective.

I didn’t go to numerous events over the last eight days. I asked some trusted friends to attend in my place. And the world didn’t end and those who went had fun and they wrote about their experiences.

Perspective.

Before leaving for Kansas I rarely took time for me. The last time I read a book it was because my body shut down for a day and raised a white flag. For a woman who’s got more books than some small town libraries that’s just wrong. While I didn’t read much on this adventure, I did write, and it was the type of writing that gets my nerves dancing and I realized that I could and should be doing that type of writing on TLT and I could and should be taking time away from TLT, period. Without that time away I won’t have any

Perspective.

And that is paramount. What I do is important and meaningful and fun, and I want to take it beyond Chicago to other cities and towns. That can only happen if I stick my head out of the rabbit hole and see the other warrens.

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