We are all meeting for our first Board meeting of the season tomorrow. There have been major issues already - before we've even had a chance to meet. I suppose it's preferable to have your opponent fire a warning shot instead of just ambushing you. Except that these people are NOT supposed to be our opponents. My plan for meeting prep? Well, I thought about the Serenity Prayer this morning. I don't see any way that I will be able to remain serene during this meeting. Instead, I think I'll concentrate on remaining wise.
God, grant me the wisdom to enter into this encounter with an open mind.
Help me to know when to speak and when to keep my big mouth shut.
Grant me the discipline to allow all of my experiences - both good and bad - with these people to color my actions.
God, help me to use my intuition to be able to support my allies without being overtly partisan.
Give me the strength to take the high road and be the bigger person when necessary.
Above all, help me to remember why I am doing this, why I agreed to do this 12 years ago, and who I am really working for.