In my discussions with numerous fellow GFA Members over the past weeks and months, a few things have become abundantly clear to me. But none more so than the image I have accidentally cultivated that some folks have of me thinking I am some sort of fancy pants know-it-all. While I am so grateful to the kind folks who have explained to me this impression I have accidentally cultivated in the minds of some, I am even more grateful to have the opportunity to hopefully set the record straight on this issue, just as I have tried to do with several other erroneous ideas folks have had about me and who I am.
Please allow me to hopefully be very clear:
I absolutely do not know it all, and I absolutely do not have all the answers to everything.
Even though I do not have all the answers to everything, what I do have is even more important:
I have the undeniable self-awareness of my own inherently flawed human nature, coupled with the therefore natural (to me) eagerness to respectfully listen to ALL input, not just that from those folks who walk in lockstep agreement with me like some sort of Stepford Wife automaton.
I welcome any and all input on any subject (especially GFA-related) simply because I know I do not know everything, but also because am not cursed by such a narcissistic and frail little ego that I feel a need to verbally attack, lie about, rudely ignore, or illegally defame anyone whose views are simply different from mine. Yes, I feel VERY passionate about our Flow and what I perceive as being the very dangerous and simply wrong direction our currently sitting GFA board is trying to take all of us. And this passion of mine I now understand has more than once been misinterpreted as some kind of "evidence" that I am somehow emotionally unhinged. For that, I can only apologize (and likely be excoriated again for doing so by fellow GFA Member Mike McGuinness 🙄), whilst pledging to do better to be clearer and less outraged-sounding going forward. It is so important that ALL input be respectfully and equally heard because in the collective of ALL of us, the answers to everything really do lie. The GFA board sorely needs to be re-educated to the understanding that the board serves all of us, and that we absolutely do not serve and are not subjects of the board.