Life could be so easy and pleasant. However, is that what life is meant to be about? Well, I don’t know, but I do have a fairly developed sense of social responsibility and I think that giving until it hurts, whether in terms of time, money, effort or whatever one is able to do, is a Good Thing. Not, mind you, until it hurts those you have responsibilities for. And one is responsible for oneself, so getting the balance right is a matter of consideration.
All the same, my policy is to help if I can and to push myself if I can without my family being *too* unhappy. I’ve not always got the balance right, I know. I remember once when I was whining to the Sage (some of you will already have heard this, sorry) about all I had to do, and I itemised them and it included work for him. And I added, fortunately, “of course, you come first”. And his shoulders, which I hadn’t realised were tense, relaxed. Taught me a lesson, it did. But at any rate I said the right thing without him having to ask.
Anyway, upshot of all this is that (no need to congratulate me) I’m now chairman of governors, and very aware of the difference between a 70 pupil primary school and a 1000 pupil secondary school. I’ve been stepping up the action in the past year, but there’s still a lot more to learn and do. I also don’t want to drop my other involvements in languages, music and learning support, though it would be sensible to do so. However, it’s been for good reasons that I’ve been cutting back, by coming off the Nadfas committee and giving notice that I’m standing down as churchwarden and from the PCC in the spring. Of course, now the Sage’s business is bigger, having increased by 50% this year alone, but as long as Weeza and I can override his inclination to let things slide and do it all in one go at the last, we should be all right.
I’ve been asked to join another committee, by the way. The Sage is advising against and he’s right, but I may do it anyway. I’m not very good at not multi-tasking. I think it’s a chronic inability to concentrate on just one thing and do it well. I rely on doing just well enough in several. I’m a born amateur.