Growing Closer

by OMS Patriarch
Sybok Pendderwydd


ON BEING MISUNDERSTOOD

When you are a spokesperson; when you command a "bully pulpit"; when you are a Pagan elder, there is always the danger of being misunderstood. Sometimes, it's about timing. Mercury retrograde can wreak havoc on communications, as can the moon being void-of-course. Sometimes it's a matter of people just not reading your entire thought before jumping in with their interpretation. They'll read until something pulls their string, and then stop and react. Could be that the next thought or idea will be the very one that dispels their fears, or contradicts their reaction, but they didn't see that so you didn't say that. Or, they might just be looking for an excuse to go off.

In reality, it means that those of us engaged in Pagan eldering have no freedom of speech. We're not allowed to ask for opinions on subjects or even a small part of a subject under discussion in other forums. If we express an opinion anywhere, we'd better make sure it's couched in a disclaimer (the views of Sybok Pendderwydd are not necessarily the opinions of the Order of the Mithril Star), or that the better part of your constituency agrees with your ideas ahead of time.

It's true that no good deed goes unpunished.

I wear a couple of different hats around here. I'm the Patriarch of the Order of the Mithril Star, a position I will occupy for life or until I decide to retire, at which time I will appoint my successor. That has a lot of clout, you might say. My other hat is as Senior Clerk of the Mother Grove, which also makes me Clerk of the Nemeton of Dalon ap Landu. As Clerk of the NoDaL, I'm charged with recording the meetings, the decisions and the votes of that body. Sometimes I suggest, or instigate, changes or legislation, but really the Archdruid of the MG (the head person of NoDaL) is ultimately responsible for what happens there. I serve at her pleasure, as it were. But really, my words don't mean squat and I have no power in the NoDaL at all. But, because of my other hat, some people have taken me too seriously and have taken rash and untoward actions. That's regrettable and unnecessary.

Maybe I should be careful not to post during Mercury retrograde, or when the moon is void-of-course.

But here's the thing: In the OMS Pledge it states that, "The good of the many outweighs the good of the few," and I would add, "or the one." I'm committed to that and take it as an axiom. If things ever came down the pike where say, because of something I said, an AD were to threaten to resign and maybe take her grove with her -- I would offer to resign as Clerk first. I don't ever want to be the one that causes that kind of dissension and I hope that I would be called out before that could happen.

May the FOREST be with you always,
And may you never thirst for the waters of life.

Rev. Druid Sybok Pendderwydd, Patriarch
Order of the Mithril Star, RDG/RDNA

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