Monday, May 11, 2009
I spent the morning outlining ideas for a meeting on Thursday. I let myself be talked into chairing the District Convention & Rose Show for 2010, and our planning meeting is coming up. I did this once before - in 1993, and so at least I know what I'm up against. Also, we're doing a scaled-down convention following this year's all-out blast for the World Convention in the "other Vancouver." It should be a breeze, but our society has lots of new members, so not only do we need to plan, but we also need to teach as to what is expected.
It's interesting, but when we joined the local rose society in 1987, we simply wanted to learn more about growing roses. We weren't interested in exhibiting them, or in becoming judges, or Consulting Rosarians, or officers, or going on to hold District-level positions. All of that came with time (for me more than for DH, though he's been supportive every step of the way as I've moved to the District-level). When we joined, we knew none of our fellow members, and now we have rose friends all up and down the valley, plus across the country, and even a few from out of the country.
It's kind of like SparkPeople - when I joined, all I wanted to do was lose some weight. I didn't come to SP with a plan to join teams, or lead teams, or take challenges, or make friends, but that's what happened!
I've learned that it's one thing to set goals, and it's yet another to enjoy all the things that happen along the way to reaching those goals. Usually, the most memorable are those that couldn't have been planned for - they just happen, and we have to be ready to embrace those moments.