(I note with interest that Eric Moon and Stephen Matchett are leading a workshop at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in 2007 called something like, "Quaker Testimonies: Going Beyond SPICES.")
I have already asked Contemplative Scholar if I could hand out copies of her post, Report from Recent Travels, and she said yes. I have a feeling it will strike a chord!
So I've been thinking about how un-simple life has been for me these past nine weeks, when I:
- organized a successful housing conference for 200 people
- secured a major loan commitment from a bank for the housing trust fund I run
- hired a new position, that of fundraising manager for the housing trust fund
- hired a new organizer, when the previous one left over the summer
- welcomed back the admin assistant, who had been on medical leave after knee replacement surgery
- hosted my mom on a five-day visit
- went to soccer games every Saturday for the last six weeks, except when we...
- went to Quarterly Meeting
- read two books by Karen Armstrong, A History of God and The Age of Transformation
- played with my children, though less than I'm used to doing
- did dishes and laundry, though less than I'm used to doing
- stayed in the nursery one Sunday and taught Firstday School twice
- went to the fall festival at one school and the harvest festival at the preschool
- went to a smidgen of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
- attended my first two board meetings for an organization I'm involved with
- co-led a "Quakerism 101" discussion at the Friends School
- co-led a short review of Quaker business process at the Friends School (where I used Liz Opp's stellar handout!)
- oh, and staffed a program committee meeting, fund development committee meeting, a joint meeting of the two, and a legislative committee meeting all a week before the housing conference
Today we had a plethora of kids at Firstday School but still no childcare worker. Oops, I've been too busy to post the job description, but I finally did it tonight!
No wonder I went to bed at 9:15 last night and -- I hope!! -- will do the same tonight.
I think I need to reread Thomas Kelly's A Testament of Devotion again soon. I'll just add it to my "to-do" list! ;)