Solstice 2011 was my project at the church. I organized, designed, wrote, decorated for, paid for, and generally made the whole thing happen. Obviously I had LOTS of help from good friends, especially my choir director who filled in with beautiful music on the piano and harp, and my storyteller friend who listened to all my ideas and helped me refine them and made many creative suggestions. Also, there were the actors who played the Four Directions, the dancers who brought us joy during the Story, the singers in the choir, the contributors who provided the Disco Ball and other supplies, and the volunteers who brought food, helped move tables and chairs, or helped clean up afterwards. So though it was my baby and I know I did an awful lot of work myself, I also know I could never have pulled it off alone. I am very grateful to everyone who helped.
Recruiting others’ help, and trusting them to handle different aspects of “my” project was a tough thing for me. Yet I have now learned a lot about how important it is to do just that. If I do this again I will certainly take these lessons to heart, and invest my time more in building a team than in trying to do everything myself. The way I did it was far too exhausting, and limiting.
Still, I don’t blame myself for not knowing. It was my first attempt, and I’m proud that all together it did come out successfully. Besides doing this, I have also compiled a binder full of information, plans, contacts, etc. which I used to organize this event, and which I will pass on to the next organizer. Probably THAT will be my greater legacy. 90% of the stress of this job was in having no map to follow, no teacher, no recipe for how it was ever done before. This is my trail of breadcrumbs which I hope the next person will be able to take advantage of, to make organizing Solstice (or other holidays) a much clearer set of doable tasks instead of a foggy mountain of unknown requirements.
But this entry is just to remind myself that YES! I did something bigger than I ever thought I could. I ran a whole church service, and it turned out beautifully.