[Loch-Ruadh] Fw: [Elfsea] Galen comments
steverourke at charter.net
Fri Jul 11 15:04:30 PDT 2003
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From: "pmitchel" <pmitchel at mail.ev1.net>
To: <elfsea at ansteorra.org>
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2003 2:56 PM
Subject: [Elfsea] Galen comments
> Galen of Bristol here. You may remember me. (Or not.)
> I just want to compliment the barony for the tenor of the
> discussion as it's showing up on the list. I've seen some good
> questions, and some good answers. Several of the candidates have
> shown themselves very favorably in response to some very
> interesting issues that have been brought up.
> Unable to improve on Xene's advice, I'll simply endorse it, remark
> that I often asked myself as baron "What would Llywelyn & Xene do",
> and share the following:
> Whoever you are, Your Next-One-ness, you're not ready to be baron
> or baroness. No matter what awards, experience, mature wisdom or
> youthful energy you have to bring to the job, no matter the quality
> or quantity of good counsel, you're just not ready to step in and
> _do_ the job as it needs to be done.
> I know this because after over 20 years in the SCA, having been a
> Prince and having been noble for a decade and a half, with two
> peerages, a well-regarded and highly intelligent lady of much grace
> at my side, a large household, many friends, much consideration,
> prayer and planning, I came into the position of Baron of Elfsea,
> the pinnacle of my long SCA career, and was surprised at the
> workload. Over and over again. I was surprised at how taxing it
> was to preside over a tournament. I was surprised at how awkward
> it is to find someone to reliably do the -- very necessary!! --
> personal service a Baron needs. I was surprised to find that
> things I said with the best of intentions could sometimes really
> upset people I cared a great deal about. I was surprised at all
> the things I needed to think of and be ready for in advance. I was
> surprised a lot. I was just getting to where I felt had begun to
> get the hang of the job when I suddenly had to step down, to my
> great regret.
> I'm sure every candidate is committed to doing their very best to
> learning to do the job well. That commitment is all that can
> reasonably be asked. But there is no one who will not have a
> learning curve, and two years isn't a long time.
> What I'm not sure of is that the barony recognizes that they will
> have to give their support to a Baron/ess couple who's still
> learning the job over a year after their Investiture. The people
> of the barony will have to go through that learning process with
> their new B&B.
> If not, 18 months from now, you'll be back here at this same spot
> in the road again.
> Beyond that, I encourage you to find the hardest worker for the
> Barony, and promote them.
> Good luck, you're all in my prayers.
> - Galen of Bristol
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