Old Ship DRE

Religious Education Notes 11/25/15


Religious Education Notes                                  11/25/15

Dear Old Ship,

Sometimes I think, the only thing I have to offer the world is truth… but I have limited access to truth… and limited understanding of it. One thing I do have access to is my self… and while I’m sure my understanding of even that is limited, if I’m as honest as I can be about myself, maybe some truth can be shared. Maybe some good can occasionally come of that.  I’ve seen it happen.

Here’s a TED talk about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder… It was my plan that this be my newsletter article topic… in the abstract… because it is a superlative explanation of what it’s like to have what’s commonly known as, “ADHD”…

ADHD As A Difference In Cognition, Not A Disorder: Stephen Tonti at TEDxCMU


Here’s a real life example from my own truth:

See the date at the top of this page?

It’s November 25th

The newsletter deadline was November 23rd. I’m late with my article. I’m often late with my newsletter article. Ask Julianna.

And she has been patient with me about my proclivity to be late with my newsletter article; probably because I am upfront about my “disorder”… and probably because she is very clear about the #1 principle of Unitarian Universalism…

So… she tries to help me… she sends newsletter deadline reminders ahead of time… It helps a bit…

I write the deadline onto my calendar… it’s often on a Monday… and Monday is my day off, so I don’t look at my calendar.

One could argue that the point of the calendar is to look ahead at what is coming up and do what’s needed to be ready for that… One would be right… Still, one might want to watch the above video…

So…. Last month, when I was days late again, and full of apologies, I decided to lie to my calendar and tell it that the newsletter deadline is on the FRI-day be-FORE the Monday…. Clever, huh?

This morning, Wednesday morning, Julianna says to me, “I don’t think I have a newsletter article from you yet.”

I say, “But it’s not due until FRI-day!”

“LAST Friday,” she tells me.

So, yeah… Sometimes, when I’m doing great things, ADHD is indeed a “Difference in Cognition”…

But when it comes to newsletter deadline day, it is definitely a disorder…

And sometimes, when I’m saying, “I affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person”, I’m hearing  Robin Williams say, “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education