I was going to write this post about the new book I received for Yule. It is a fantastic book, by a fantastic author but, there is something else on my mind. I’ve learned to listen to my instincts, so I’m listening now.
While the book is important, and I want to share it with you. There is something more important. You see, for the past year, we have been working diligently to support the Pagan community locally. Our group is growing by leaps and bounds! It is amazing to see, and be part of this bright blessing.
That being said though, we’ve run in to a couple of snags. The first one being space. We have grown to large for the space we’re in. An unfortunate occurance, but so very wonderful! The second snag is the classes. While they are fun to, and on great subjects, I’m seeing the true need to have everyone seated around tables.
When people sit in comfortable seats, at differing eye levels, and with easy distractions you very quickly go off course. Phones come out, and people start text messaging. Something which is irritating to the person trying to lead the discussion. We can’t continue with the current setup. I’ll either go crazier, or people will stop showing up.
I don’t want to fail at this venture. There is such a need in the community for a Pagan group. Group…..isn’t the right word but I am really hesitant to call it an organization. I worry about the day we have to start finding funding, or worse, charging for classes. I also worry that I’m not the person who should be leading this sort of venture. I feel driven to do it though.
Something is telling me this is the path I need to take. It’s my instinct again, and I know what happens when I don’t listen. So….what is the plan? I’m going to take a step out of the Coven Craft play book. Setting up a Coven is much like setting up an organization.
You need strong leaders, lots of organization, and diplomacy. I know strong leaders. I’m fairly organized – I have my disorganized days like everyone else. 🙂 And, I’ve learned to be very diplomatic thanks to work. The question is though…am I a strong enough leader.
I’m really questioning that right now. Whether I can lead as affectively as needed. I have the ideas, the drive, the knowledge, and experience. I know people will follow but, …. just because people will follow does not mean you’re a good leader. I need to take stock in my strengths and weaknesses.
The future is a wonderful place. We’re building it everyday. The Pagan community is a strong place. They deserve a strong leader. If that means I have to step aside once established, then so be it. For now, I’ll do the best I can with the help of the wonderful people around me. We can, and will, make a difference.
So…new book aside, here’s to the next great journey. 2012 is going to be a great adventure!!