Whatever happened to LightningStrike? Hey, LS, please come back and tell us that you are not as bad a colleague as you seem here.
I'm performing university service. That's where I've been. I'm serving on fewer committees, but I feel the quality of the service (results) and the interaction with colleagues on those committees have improved.
I only dumped meaningless soul-sucking service. I thought I covered that in the second paragraph of my original post.
There is nothing wrong with refining one's focus especially if the chosen service obligation is aligned with one's true interests.
Will the soul-sucking committees I abandoned be dumped on a junior colleague? No. That spot was taken over by another senior prof who is many times my senior. And in the future, when I am ready, I will do the same when the time comes. But not today.