With shizukagozen's obligations to Oak Leaves coming to an end, mine are as well. Actually, I don't really think that I ever had any obligation to OL. More to the point, I was always proofing and writing for shizukagozen. We had a good time at it, all told, but I never made a promise to work on Oak Leaves; I only told shizukagozen that I'd do whatever she needed.
Of course, I told Vedis that I work that way. I told her that if she asks me to do something, I'll do it. I need to evaluate how much I want to work on it on my own, though, as I'm not planning to go out of my way. There's simply too much on my plate, and I need to cut back every so often. Now I have a chance to cut back on Oak Leaves, which will free up time for me to do something else within the organization. Most likely, it'll be about getting the Dance Guild moving again. There's also an added focus I need to place on my own personal spirituality, on this new mentorship program, and on my own Grove.
I think I'll continue to be a submissions-whore for the periodical. I see so much of ADF's membership and the things that they write that I simply can't stop asking people to submit the really good stuff. I've never known any organization that had so many good writers with so much potential who just never get around to submiting stuff.
I have more to write for OL, that's for sure, but I don't want to see my name in the table of contents more than once per issue, I don't think. It's embarassing to some extent, and I really, really don't want to ever have one of my articles picked over someone else's just because I write a lot. I'm not even totally convinced that what I have to say is worth listening to in most cases. There are loads of smarter, more articulate thinkers in ADF, and they need to be writing more than I do.
I'm very happy that my time with OL has coincided with some of the best issues ever. They're back to the old format, they've seen nothing but praise (with two notable exceptions, both commenting on the quality of the printing job), and they've run on time and reliably for five freaking issues, which is nothing short of amazing. . . After taking over, shizukagozen has created five issues in 7 months and has caught us back up to where we should be, and I suspect that this Wellspring will be the first Wellspring ever where we've been able to say that OL is on time with a bright future.
Much of my own LJ friend's list has been instrumental in this: you guys are the ones submitting stuff, and for that I'm incredibly grateful. Thanks much. It means a lot to me. Now, go out and write something else for submission :)
Yesterday, I also went through and cleaned out my friends list of people who had already cleaned me out of thiers. I would hope that people who don't read my journal wouldn't keep me on because they're afraid that I'll be mad at them. . . Like most people, I don't care much for drama like that. Well, then again, most people on LJ seem to really like drama. Silly LJ users. :)
The Chaos of Potential
Recently, Tina asked me about my ethics. Kinda, what should a person do, what code should they follow, in order to lead a happy/good life. I'm not totally clear on why she asked, and it doesn't really care, but I was amused that it made me slightly uncomfortable to tell her about it.
I dropped her this:
Generally, I've started sticking to ADF's nine virtues:
No hard and fast rules. Just a sliding scale. They play together nicely.
Otherwise, there's the Discordian Pentabarf, or Five Commandments:
I - There is no Goddess but Goddess and She is Your Goddess. There is no Erisian Movement but The Erisian Movement and it is The Erisian Movement. And every Golden Apple Corps is the beloved home of a Golden Worm.
II - A Discordian Shall Always use the Official Discordian Document Numbering System.
III - A Discordian is Required during his early Illumination to Go Off Alone & Partake Joyously of a Hot Dog on a Friday; this Devotive Ceremony to Remonstrate against the popular Paganisms of the Day: of Catholic Christendom (no meat on Friday), of Judaism (no meat of Pork), of Hindic Peoples (no meat of Beef), of Buddhists (no meat of animal), and of Discordians (no Hot Dog Buns).
IV - A Discordian shall Partake of No Hot Dog Buns, for Such was the Solace of Our Goddess when She was Confronted with The Original Snub.
V - A Discordian is Prohibited of Believing what he reads.
IT IS SO WRITTEN! SO BE IT. HAIL DISCORDIA! PROSECUTORS WILL BE TRANSGRESSICUTED.
But the most important thing, of course, is to never stop laughing. At yourself, others, the Gods, and yourself again (for good measure).
Fertility, of course, stood out to her. In fact, her whole response was this:
I laughed when I read that. I knew it would be her reseponse. And I had already thoght about my response:
haha. I thought you might ask that :)
It has a wide range of meanings, generally, when I look at it, I see the chaos of potential. In other words, creativity. The creation aspect of seeing new things in an unformed state that doesn't yet have shape, but can be given such shape.
Not children. :) I already have two boys and a girl. I don't need any more.
And that's true.
But now, I'm thinking about this Chaos, and just how I can use it. And, if you'll forgive the wording, the potential is amazing.
Later today, or perhaps on Monday, I will describe my meditations on sandwiches. They have been remarkable.