When I completed ADF’s Dedicant Path program and started on the Initiate Path, I expected to be continually challenged intellectually, creatively, and emotionally. I wanted to deepen my spiritual practice and help my community at the same time, and I thought that the Initiate Path would do just that. And for a time, it seemed to be living up to the promise. I finished off two courses (Liturgy 1 and IE Studies 1) in six months. I thorough enjoyed them, and they passed review with only one of them needing a minor revision.
Then came Indo-European Myth 1. If you have been reading my previous posts you’ll know that I found this work to be tedious and struggled with coming up with the determination to get through it. When I finally submitted it, I felt like a huge burden had been lifted off my shoulders. Alas, my elation was short lived. Neither of my previous reviewers had anything critical to say about my citations or my choices of sources. This time around, however, my feedback was all about how much I suck at those things.
Now, I’m all grown-up with emotional intelligence and all that, and can take some criticism even when it is disappointing. However the entire tone of the feedback was that my submission was nothing more than an irritant, lacking any merit, and how dare I waste their time with such sloppy work, and who do I think I am citing sources that are not on their bookshelf?
Life is too short to spend it churning out essays only to be berated for the effort.