Over the past few months some of the best conversations that I have had about the Moderatorial Candidacy journey have been with folks who have been through this process before. Some have been elected, others not, but there are quite a few common words of wisdom that have been passed along.
- be yourself
- be prepared to respond, but don’t have canned answers
- be ready to NOT be elected
- don’t be surprised when you can no longer sleep
I think someone should write a handbook on "Standing for Moderator in the PC(USA)" to help those who are just crazy enough to jump into the fray. Not sure who will really read it, but . . .
Over the last few weeks I have felt the anxiety and weight of the journey start to enter my spirit in ways that have been both compelling and tiring. I can’t tell you how eager and excited I am to start up in San Jose, but at the same time want to be well-rested and prepared.
So this afternoon the crew and I will pack our overnight bags and check into a local hotel – one with an indoor pool – and take some time to center, re-connect and re-energize as a family before they basically lose their dad for the next week. I am going to bring all my prep materials for the opening speeches, the Q&A and other things, but the computer is staying home.
Chomping at the bit I am to get started, but a couple of days to refocus will, I hope, allow me to be more prepared physically, emotionally and spiritually for the exciting days ahead. I can’t wait.
See you in San Jose!