The meeting went smoothly enough. We got the stuff done in an hour and twenty minutes.
That person still voiced objections consistently with me. She and her clique did not waste any politeness on small talk or gratitude with me. It was not pleasant or friendly for me—just the atmosphere I have come to expect from those kinds of meetings. I think that person carries a grudge simple because she has been proven wrong about some things.
Anyway, we came up with some good plans and assigned tasks for our December gig and the spring symposium on the theme of culture and language teaching. They accepted the concept that I had proposed and this theme, although she bucked anyway and her pals stared at me expressing confoundedness.
(The objector: “I don’t know what you mean.” Me thinking: which part don’t you understand, culture or teaching or language?-haha. “I think it sounds too academic.” Of couse, she does. That says volumes. “I think the topic should be called cultural awareness.” At least she’s aware that she needs cultural awareness. Okay, so we dumbed it down that far. However, I and another soul would not let it get dragged down into the domain of “living with Koreans.” God!)
At least my ideas and actions seem to stir the pot enough to activate them. They’re what we, my lefty colleagues and I, used to label “reluctant activists.” A progressive person can inspire and enliven people who are not used to that attitude and approach to life. They get uncomfortable with the transition within themselves, for they are used to sitting back. Set in motion, them may feel confused or disoriented, though they have enough intelligence and empathy to see the logic and altruism in what is being proposed or suggested, so they reluctantly follow along. Still, many of the concepts are unfamiliar, so there is fear and uncertainty, often expressed in doubt and annoyance with the leader. Yeah, this situation brings back some memories.
The rejection of membership was defeated. We have a strong character who wants to charge ahead promoting the organization and recruiting members. I am grateful to him, or this would not work. Well, that’s why I responded to his interest and encouraged him to take on that role.