Re: Time Crunch
Keith Tilley (redcoat@NEXTSTEP.NET)
Sun, 3 Mar 1996 22:34:27 -0500
Sheila Schlesinger wrote:
> There is no secret. You just decide what's more important. Time is finite.
Very true. I started as a Tiger Cub Organizer, then became a Cubmaster, and
it grew from there. I started out being unable to say the dreaded "N" word,
which, of course, is "No!". I took every job offered, and filled some voids
where there was no offer. In other words, I overdid it, because I thought
it needed doing.
As I matured (which took about 6 years), I realized that as important as
Scouting is, one person can't do everything. Just because you're good at
something doesn't mean that you have to do it! I also learned the crucial
lesson that SCOUTING IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN! I have a family and a very
demanding job, and I'm pursuing my Master's degree, so I just don't have
time to be unhappy at my hobby! Experience has given me the ability to
sense an imbalance in my time - when I'm spending too much time at work, or
too much time in Scouting, and, all too frequently, not enough time with my
Once you've seen a lot of different angles, you'll be able to concentrate on
the jobs you love. For me, that's training - I've taught at dozens of
training sessions, including Akela Calls, Cub Scout Trainer Wood Badge, and
our College of Commissioner Science. I'm about to teach at another
Council's Pow Wow as a favor to a good friend. I've found my niche, and
while I do have other responsibilities in Scouting, I've found my true
callng and I concentrate on it.
I hope my experience helps you find your niche and your balance.
Assistant Council Commissioner
Rip Van Winkle Council, NY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City