Before 7AM I am looking up at the sky as I stand on the VRE train platform at Burke Center. I peer over the tree line to see if the shade of blue of the sky pleases my eye. I peer down the track to determine the mist quotient to determine just how hot and steamy will it be today.
Immersed in reading and texting while riding on the train, I remind myself to look out and look up as we cross the Potomac River approaching Washington DC. I don’t want to miss the majestic Washington Monument and greet Thomas Jefferson as he steadfastly stands in his memorial. Interestingly enough, it was said of Jefferson that
he had placed his house and his mind “on an elevated situation, from which he might contemplate the universe.”
Between the L’Enfant train stop and Union Station, I look over the massive parking lots and up at the rear of the United States Capitol. Those parking lots remind me that real people go to work there everyday and what they accomplish there is not insignificant to all of our lives.
Coming up out of the tunnel from Union Station on the struggling red line Metro train I look up to see first government buildings, then neighborhood streets and finally I see the dome of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Knight’s Tower. I have arrived at the Brookland-CUA Metro station to come out from underground and look up at my new workplace the Pangborn Engineering Building at Catholic University of America.
As I approach the building…
I look up…
I laugh as I realize that’s what librarians do …look up information.
I’m ready to :
…up the stakes
…raise the bar
…reach for the stars
…stretch my mind
…elevate my game
…advance the front
…spread the word
…promote …enhance …progress …anticipate …dream…
To look up and look farther and do more.