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December 22nd, 2006

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09:51 am - Reading through the DP
According to my spam this morning, no one can tell that I'm bananas.

But that's not important. What is important is this:

Last night a number of people posted ADF Dedicant Program-related entries: journal entries, book reviews, a DP Oath, lots of Virtues, and some meditation work.

I would just like to say one thing: You, the Dedicants of ADF, make me proud. Very proud.

What gets to me most is the depth that our newest students can plumb with their essays and oaths. I know that my DP work is, well, rather juvenile and even petulant in some places. Okay, in most places. It is not good example work.

Every time I read the work posted to dedicants, adf, or to the various personal journals that populate LJ and a few other sites, I am amazed at the entries.

I no longer read a lot of final DP submissions. To some extent, it's a time thing. To a greater extent, though, it's that I've gotten so darn close to a lot of DP's that I simply can't review them objectively. I read at least one DP-related post per day, probably averaging closer to five, and I try and comment on all of them.

Sometimes, It's really hard to offer a suggestion about how to improve the essay: a lot of times, there's no improvement needed. I feel a bit sheepish just posting, "Good essay," but sometimes, the essay is at least as good as I could have written it, and usually it's better. I'm not joking when I talk about how much I learn from the Dedicants of ADF: every one of them teaches me something new (some teach me lots of new things).

I was recently having a discussion with another ADF member about where ADF has been and where it's going in the future. In that discussion, I noted that I feel ADF is very much on the right track: our focus on spirituality is deepening and the focus on administrative stuff is lessening. Over the past year, in particular, I have seen the spiritual focus of ADF flourish, and it excites me to watch that, to be a part of that.

Sometimes I wonder if folks get bored or annoyed with my posts about how much I really enjoy DP-realted stuff, or even ADF in general. Then I remember that I prefer to use my journal to share my joys, and that this is one of the main ones in my life.

[about the picture with this entry: I wanted a pic to go along with this entry, and this is the first picture that shows up on a Google Image Search for "Dedicant Program". In the picutre, druidkirk and Gannd, two of our Clergy, are disposing of SSG's offerings in a lake. Click on it to enlarge. And giggle.]
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Boats To Build", -JB

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Date:December 22nd, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
Y'know, that's the one thing I miss most about being Preceptor. (Ok, it's just about the only thing I really do miss... except maybe having a "posse" at my disposal.) I haven't reviewed a DP for well over a year now, and I guess one is on its way to me now -- and I'm really looking forward to it. *smile* Reading about other people's spiritual journeys is so inspiring... and yeah, in retrospect, my DP work was pretty mediocre. (I hope I'm making up for that with my Bardic, Generalist, Clergy, Scholars and Liturgist work.)

Dedicants rock. :)
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Date:December 24th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
I agree, other people's Dedicant work is humbling.

And inspiring, both in its own sake and for the fact that, as chronarchy said, it's a big indication that we're "on the right track".
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Date:January 4th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
*nods* The "right track" is the best part of reading them. So many people finding so many things right (and wrong) with Our Druidry is very exciting. I wouldn't have it any other way.
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Date:January 4th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
I know it's the thing I would miss most about no longer being a deputy. I could even deal with giving up my star and six-shooters, but damn, I love reading these things.

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