We all know that sometimes, decisions are just plain hard to make. I’ve struggled for several years about staying in the local guild I belong to. After reading Judy’s post about guilds, I thought this is the time for me to say what I think.
I’ve always tried to take a part in the activities within the guild. For years, I was in charge of creating challenges & special projects for them. It takes an untold number of hours to come up with ideas, write the guidelines, develop the patterns, plan & execute shopping trips for the projects…etc., etc., etc. I didn’t mind for the most part because I enjoyed the challenge myself but after so many times of so few people following through, it became a task rather than a joy. Why should I do all the work if no one is going to play?
In a way, it’s almost like a smack to the face that the people I interacted with on a monthly basis were less supportive than members of our sister guild who participated often. They (sister guild members) stuck it out and in the end have beautiful results from those challenges. I want them to know how much I appreciate it and I hope they will continue to follow my blog and play along with projects here.
Don’t get me wrong….I’ve enjoyed many friendships because of the guild and there are people who I will miss. Hopefully, we will continue to be friends. If not, that part is out of my control.
I’ve come to a point in my life where I just don’t have room for crap. Let’s just call it what it is. A quilt guild should be fun and enjoyable. It has become a stressor for me pure and simple. It’s not my intention to hurt feelings about this but there’s no point in sugar-coating things. This decision is not about any particular person. If someone reading this thinks this is about them. Shame on them. The world doesn’t revolve around one person. Nor should a group such as a guild and I’m not asking them to do that for me or change the way they choose to operate to accommodate me. Instead, I’m taking myself out of the equation to a more comfortable zone for myself.
It’s time for me to move on.