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15 July 2008
Oh well, today didn't turn out as bad as expected!
In fact, it was sure fun!
Morning started out really sluggish and boring, everyone was so tired and bored.
Tomorrow's the BANGBANGDAY!
House Assembly + Campfire Performance + IHC Chinese Cultural + Project Work! (Ok the last one is obviously a lie)
Dinner with wangye made me reflect on some things.
Is it really worth it, to sacrifice so much time for council?
To be honest, I don't regret a teeny bit about committing myself to this. Some people may still be doubtful about their decisions, but indeed, I know this is what I have chosen, and I'm going to be true to myself, fulfil my duties and not disappoint the people who voted me in. Only when you give it your 100% would you learn much more about yourself, and others. 1 year may seem short, but the rewards you can take away from is something words can't describe.
I used to be very critical of people in the past; they not putting as much effort as they should, not contributing as much as others... Now, when I think about it, I ask myself: What's the point of bothering so much about what others do?
So long as I know I've done my best to help an organization in achieving their aims, so long as others put in the amount they should be putting in, things will never go wrong, and the people you're working with would have a much more harmonious working environment. Yet, as a matter of fact, some people don't share the same train of thought!
It's disappointing when you see some people in an organization go astray (This is where Diseconomies of Scale set in). You're slogging your guts out for something, yet the other person appears to be doing nothing! You start thinking: Why does he, at the end of the day, get the same credit that I get? All I know is that the means to which you're achieving that recognition is different. People would definitely view you differently from that other person.
In fact, those who appear as if they're doing nothing may be as eager as others in contributing to the organization, but they might have other commitments, or lack the means to do so. It may be frustrating for them at times; not knowing what to do and being critiqued as a slacker as a result. But they can't just go on whining and giving the same excuses. Obviously, they have to get out of that pit and help themselves.
That's why organizations come together at the start of their term to set out boundaries and job scopes for each and every member, so that everyone would be a useful asset towards the progress of the organization. What sucks, however, is how people don't abide by these job scopes, and end up not fulfilling even their primary duties. It's even worse if you need them terribly to do something within a given timeframe, yet they seem to be uncontactable (In other words, MIA.)
I recall vividly how a few months back, everyone was so passionate about their CCAs, wanting to sell their souls to the CCA, yet when they don't get an EXCO position, you surprisingly see their passion simmer just like that. And for some who are given the honor of leading their CCA, they ultimately rest on their laurels and stay satisfied with what they have, and do a terrible job in leading their team. What's the point then, to be so determined in running for a particular position, when ultimately, you don't live up to what you promised?
Things are getting really political these days. And I'm starting to see this really big picture which I didn't once see.
Oh man, I don't know what's gotten into me today.
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