Tuesday, August 1, 2017
I was doing dishes when Dave walked into the kitchen last night with the news about Scaramucci. I was aghast. I don't know why Trump's actions continue to surprise me. I should have ceased to be surprised long ago. But does the man realize he's running a vast and powerful country, and not just making staffing decisions on "The Apprentice"?
It's this kind of reactionary instability that really gives me the willies about Trump. Because if he'll do this, what else is he capable of? Not that Scaramucci is any knight in shining armor.
That was by far the biggest news of the day yesterday. Otherwise, we hung around the house all day. I vacuumed and did housework and read a lot -- I'm in the unenviable position of reading two books simultaneously, one for work and one for pleasure. The latter is Arundhati Roy's new novel, which I'm enjoying so far. The assigned work book is called "A More Beautiful Question," and it's an exploration of the role of questioning in personal and organizational growth. I hate books about business and process and organizational health, but this one isn't too terrible so far. I'm going to try to read a chapter a day. Kind of like kids in the old days taking cod liver oil -- a little each day, and get it over with.
The author mentioned how questioning little children are, and it reminded me of my young niece Kate. I noticed when I was in Florida that her default question has become "Why?" Whenever I said anything to her, "Why?" was often the response. I must admit I was struck by that -- because of all questions, "Why?" and "How?" are probably the most complicated and the ones most likely to bring deeper answers. Pretty impressive (but also pretty typical) for a four-year-old!
Then again, I'm not sure we want to emulate little kids in our workplace questioning. We'd drive our bosses nuts!
(Photo: A canoe on the Regent's Canal, Hackney Wick.)