Being a leader isn’t as glamorous as it looks from the outside.
The Crane, the wolf, the bear and the boar,
No longer dwell upon these shores,
You say that the Goddess and God have gone,
Well I tell you they live on! – Damh The Bard
A long time ago in a galaxy not that far away Isaac Bonewits designed a logo for T-Shirts (and later other merchandise through his Cafe Press Store) especially for those brave or foolhardy souls who seek or are cast into a leadership role within the Pagan community. It has long been known that such is a thankless job. Pagans are hard on their leaders. They expect much from them and are all too often quick to turn their backs on them if they don’t deliver everything that is expected of them. I have long avoided being cast into such a role myself but these days it seems more and more I hear people trying to cast me into it much to my chagrin. It’s not that I don’t want to be of service to the community. As I have said in past blatherings, I do LOVE Pagans and want to see them work together rather than work against one another because I do think great things could be accomplished for the good of all if Pagans of all stripes would set aside their differences and focus on the areas where we can COEXIST with one another.
The thing I heard yesterday though was that once again someone has painted the leader target on me and said “Him! That guy over there is in charge of DFW Pagan Pride Day. Uh, NO! Here is who is in charge of DFW Pagan Pride Day. WE ARE as is stated on the FAQ page of the website and has been reiterated many times on the DFW Pagan Pride Day 2013 Facebook Page. If this thing is going to happen it is going to take an entire community to make it happen. Not just one poor soul who folks can point to and say, “Well, if that guy or gal is who is in charge then I don’t want anything to do with it.” or “If it doesn’t work it’s this person’s fault.” Nah! Not my thing people! I’m perfectly happy being the Promotional Coordinator and now Treasurer of the committee which is getting together and deciding how to run this thing on a regular basis but I did not sign up to put one of those leader target thingees on my back. I have enough on my agenda at this point in my life working a full time job plus overtime with a 38 mile commute each way through the middle of downtown Fort Worth to get to it. I also have a 13 year old daughter, a six year old son and a wife that I enjoy spending time with once in awhile. If I were retired, didn’t have the job to worry about and the kids were grown then things might be different but at this point in my life I am about as involved in the Pagan Community as I readily can be just doing my work with PPD, studying for my next degree within Sacred Fire Temple and doing my blogs and websites. Anything more would likely tip the scales between this side of the rubber room and the other.
If you meander on over to the International Pagan Pride Project website… http://www.paganpride.org/where and click on the details link for Dallas Fort Worth Pagan Pride Day you will see Bryan Lankford listed as the Event Organizer(s) for this area’s PPD. That’s only part of the story. Bryan was the first to get his application in and we have discovered that the wheels of change at Pagan Pride Project website land turn VERY slowly. It took us 4 tries over the course of several months just to get them to update the link to our website and only recently were the Sponsors and Charities updated. But I do have my application in too and we will hopefully one fine day see that there are at least two organizers listed on the site there although we truly are run by a committee of volunteers who are in charge of several different aspects of the whole thing and we really do all get together, discuss and vote on things before moving forward on major decisions. If you check out Austin Pagan Pride Day’s event details you will see that they have no less than 3 Event Organizers listed. IT’S NOT A ONE MAN OPERATION FOLKS!!! Thank you! 🙂
As I said last week. Be good to each other out there and have a Blessed Week!