Tuesday, January 16, 2007

meetings, paperwork and memory problems

  • I have had a meeting every night, and day since the beginning of the year. It is not the slow time of the year. Church meetings, District meetings, planning meetings, and conference meetings. I am meetinged out.
  • Today I finished the paperwork for the end of year report for the North Al. Conf about St. John. I recently turned in a six year report on my ministry at all the churches I served. At the end of November was the Charge Conference report which also included numbers from last year's Charge Confernce to this one. Now would someone please tell me why I have to make three different reports on similar questions? Why there is no database, except the one I made with excell for me? Can we get on the same sheet of paper people?
  • My short term memory is shot. I was embarrassed to realize that Saturday in a meeting, I had not done something I said I would do and needed to do to report at this meeting. And then as I realized that, I realized several other things I had forgotten to do. On the way home, I began to wonder if it was the early warning signs of dementia, later signs of the end of menopause, or just being overloaded mentally.
  • Tonight I have another meeting. I'll have you know, I refused to go to a District meeting on my day off when the kids and hubby were home. I just want to stay home.

10 comments:

Sally said...

Adrian Plass (British Author) has written an alt Christian dictionary which says for Methodist read meeting- for meetings read Methodists....

He's got a point.

Praying you find time to relax that shcedule is too much

Peace and blessings
Sally

Cathy said...

I worry about my memory also - and I do the same things as you.

AND good for you for staying home with family.!

Anonymous said...

uggg!! i hate it for you. and i know how you feel.

shalom,
stPhransus

Anonymous said...

Hang in thar Preach!

I, too, am glad to know that you took time for the ones closest to you. And I'm sure your memory is fine...just overloaded.
Marty

The Vicar of Hogsmeade said...

It would seem like a centralized reporting system could be used. But then how would they make sure we have something to do?

Anonymous said...

(((revabi)))

the reverend mommy said...

I've been doing the "meeting" thing too -- it's hard on the family. BUT no meetings tonight (Wednesday night) except for the UMM Bible Study (in which the other pastor will show his face, as I did in the UMW meeting yesterday.)

peace to you and yours!

John said...

Today I finished the paperwork for the end of year report for the North Al. Conf about St. John. I recently turned in a six year report on my ministry at all the churches I served. At the end of November was the Charge Conference report which also included numbers from last year's Charge Confernce to this one. Now would someone please tell me why I have to make three different reports on similar questions? Why there is no database, except the one I made with excell for me? Can we get on the same sheet of paper people?

Are the reports even read by anyone other than the author?

Anonymous said...

No dimentia, probably not menopause or mental pause. Just a full bucket. Our memory buckets are empty when we are born. With each new experience a drop is added. If we let our bucket get filled up with too much unnecessary stuff, then drops start to fall out. Dip a big scoop in there and dump some of the old stuff unimportant stuff out (like reports!) and keep the good stuff )like you kid's great one liners!) Many Blessings on you and your family.

P.S. It was great to meet you by phone. My energy is definitely up since then.

St. Inuksuk said...

No, not dementia. Meeting overload.
How many of those meetings were worth the time and how many were truly necessary? Ackkk...we've become meeting junkies!!!
I pray the meeting situation will get better (less of them) and that your memory will be back on track.