Friday, 5 January 2018

Dread of Nominations

A cat with patterned grey fur and bright green eyes peeks its head out from under a rug.
"Has the person from nominations gone yet?"
Being approached by nominations should be a joy. Your Friends have discerned that you are the right person to carry out the work of your Meeting. Your gifts and potential have been recognised, even those you might not have suspected. It would thus be a validation, as well as a serious divine summons.
And yet, we often treat it with dread, a half-joking veneer covering a more profound discomfort. We worry we will become overburdened, and though we may try to hide it, we doubt the hand of the Divine behind the nomination when it reaches us.
Our nominations committees are asked to do so much with so little. How can we help but be concerned that the pressure will lead to a slackening of discipline, desperation leading the Friends responsible to simply trying to fine someone?
It is a situation that feeds on itself; the more we worry about nominations, the greater the forces that give cause for worry. How can we break the cycle?
Written January 2018
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