Aug 14, 2021
In General Discussions
On my hikes and such this week, I’ve been asking myself how do I know when I’m done with wForum? I don’t know what to make of the reality that I am winding down. I have loved doing new things, collaborating in new ways these past years. Yet I’m not putting myself out too far there. I’ve nothing like the energy level I started with, nine years ago. I’m telling myself to live with the question and see what gets stirred up. A few months ago, I worked up a 10-12 year anniversary vision. I know I wrote it when I was high. Ha! I get ideas then, energy. I read it recently and thought there’s no way all that can happen. No one coming along behind me can take over to make that vision real. Our members, the ones who have stayed, and strong supporters of wForum. But they have their own projects, their own ambitions. My goals for wForum were well-balanced when I sat myself down to define what Success would look like. Earlier in life, success had very different metrics, much more appearance-focused than growth-focused. That was actually a big quest for me these past 9 years. What would be growth for me? If success is starting wForum, giving it my best, does that mean wForum should become something that lives on? About a year ago I had this thought: what if our ideas developing a legacy is the most narcissistic thing one could do? So...I’m between worlds. Passing on what I have been given is a value I believe in. Does it matter that what I have loved to do at this stage of my life gets passed along? And what if long term, the one thing that gets passed forward is a seed. Someone else can water and grow that seed as she desires, when she is ready. And what if all this questioning is nonsense and the only question for me is.... Now what?
Feb 26, 2021
In General Discussions
Imagine a group zoom call with participants who think they share similar views and values, only to find themselves at odds, shocked by the uncomfortable differences in their opinions. The facilitator, noting the tension and the time - with only 4 minutes left on the call - has no idea how to bridge the impasse. So he suggests they sing. He leads and they all chime in to sing the Shema prayer they know, as they are all rabbis. The call ends, of course, on a high note.