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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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March 16th, 2005

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06:00 pm - I know some of you are/have been Clergy. . .
Got home, and remembered I wanted to ask a question:

For those who feel they're pre-disposed to clergy**, what should I be looking for to tell me I am?

I've got the idea that I should be looking for a calling. . . a vocation if you will. Can anyone describe that? Or point me to a good book that does? (And no, I'm definitely not opposed to reading books about Christian "vocations".)

Because damnit, I'm confused. It's official. And it bothers me that I can't figure it out.

** - note: I don't mean necessarily ordained clergy: self-styled clergy works just fine for me. I've been trying for over 7 months to figure this thing out.
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Date:March 17th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
Well, are you a

creative ritualist
good listener
good speaker
self motivator
craft person
telephone or e-mail fanatic
detail oriented s.o.b.
problem solver
challenge maker
willing mistake owner
etc. etc. etc.

and most of all, are you able to think on your feet and stay humble at the same time?

At least in my experience, this is what that means.

There's something to the idea that anybody who would WANT that job is crazy. It's a job that gets done because it needs to be done. Don't expect a lot of thanks or glamour. It's more about organization, researching and creative skills than that.

Be okay with people talking smack about you when you don't play by their rules.

If you can deal with all of this and still feel fulfilled at the end of the day, then you're in the right place. There is no magic line you cross over one day when you know that you know what you need to know to do the job, and feel like you're qualified, because there will always be days you know for sure you have no idea what you're doing or what business you have being clergy in the first place. But those are the moments that keep you real, and keep you learning - which is probably the most important requirement of all. Continuing learning and being willing to do the work that you have to to make it happen.

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Date:March 17th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
Jack of all trades, master of some, and willing to say that the "all" in "jack of all trades" is really kind of a misnomer? Yeah, I might be able to pull that off :) Thanks.

And yeah, there's not much thanks or glamour in it. Certainly no cash, women or booze.

Always something to think about when considering a future path.
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Date:March 19th, 2005 05:38 am (UTC)
Well, there *could* be women & there's sometimes booze--- depends on the festival. ;-D

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