In any case, I digress. What I think is particularly important about communications within a social group, be it for research, writing, roleplaying, or other creativity and entertainment, is that people express their satisfactions and concerns. The latter is ideally, sometimes necessarily, done early and with a mind to do something about the issues. A number of times in my adult life, I have seen discontentment in groups burgeon and fester. I once belonged to a research group at another university that was fairly dysfunctional in this way, and I watched the morale, group loyalty, esprit de corps plummet inexorably from very high to next to nothing. It was certainly very unfortunate and saddening to watch. I realized then that there is seldom anything as hurtful - including to oneself - as not telling friends, family, and others what is bothering us, and what is going on with us. This can indeed be a tall order, but it is also very often worth fighting the inner resistance (and discomfort) to do so.
Joyous Samhain greetings to Wiccans and other pagans among my friends, and Happy Hallowe'en to all you hallowburtonists. :-)
While we're on the subject, here's a good place to stash a couple of useful links that istari_ala gave me last week:
- You Have A Pagan Student In Your School: A Guide For Educators
- Pagans In The Workplace: A Guide For Managers and Human Resource Directors
Two of the Yurpian TEUNCs, mrowe and siocled, decided to have a little bonfire in the chat last night, and the result was a shower of lutefizz-laced ash, tentacles, cutterfish, Smurrow-suede shoes, and Sith cloaks.