The Law of Bondage

>>  Wednesday, January 30, 2013

This week's Gallery is Bond.  And you know I'm only going one way with it!

 I'm a member of a number of Facebook groups and in many of them I watch derision, squabbling, one-up-man-ship.  Occasionally there is 100% support in a thread but that usually seems to be centred around a tragedy of some sort.

But in the Guiding forums it is very different.  People regularly don't have the same opinion but the vein of the threads is different.  It is supportive even in it's differences.  These 2 threads aren't examples of outstanding support or difference but they were my catalysts for today's thoughts on the reason why I know it's 'safe' in Guiding.

We have our common bond of our Promise and our Laws.  They mean that we are all dedicated to supporting the same underlying values.  Ultimately, we care about each other.  Don't get me wrong, we don't all get on all the time. In fact some Guiders will never be friends but they will still work together for the common good if they have to (mostly)!!  Guiders do disagree, we are human.  Guiders feel put upon, disgruntled, tired, tether-ended etc etc.

But there are so many moments when it feels good, right, welcoming, supportive and those moments usually come from times of togetherness when we rejoin those bonds....

....and remember together what our true values are and what we do for generations of girls.

 Of course we can do that in fluorescent slippers and no one minds.
There is always a balance to be struck between the serious and the fun.

All of us are responsible as individuals for maintaining this supportive bond.  It is the Moral of the mighty Oak.

And whilst it is a circle of trust, it is always an open circle. You are always welcome, young or old...and anywhere in between.


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