I think, in order to preserve certain other relationships that remain very important to me, I should ask to be transferred to the Council Advisory Board. That's where we install guys who have served many years and given a lot of leadership but who are either too old or too busy to keep up with the grind of meetings and committees. It would be a good place for me, I think. I'm not quite as old and venerable as some of the guys on there, but I've got the service record to qualify for it. And I can't really see the Scout Executive making any objections.
Perhaps after I do that, I'll feel a sense of release, as I now do about getting off the NAUMS Board. There is a loss to be mourned in giving up one's place, no doubt, but you can't hold on to things forever. And along with the loss of all that was rewarding and important, there is the admission that you are giving up the fight for all those things you cared so much about but failed to get accomplished. That, too, is something to be mourned. And if I really thought there were any chance of making a significant contribution in the areas I care about -- but no. Not as things are. To stay would just be to spend more tiring evenings getting increasingly frustrated.
It's time to move on. The longer I stay, the more unhappy I will be, and the unhappier I will make others. Time to cut the best deal I can for the future and leave the current situation behind. Time to drop old commitments, the better to pick up new ones -- especially those pertaining to family and fun.
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