My crazy little brain made an interesting parallel today: directing my church choir is pretty much exactly the same as leading a World of Warcraft raid team.
I’ve been doing both for some weeks now, and I’m actually rather surprised I haven’t thought of it before. Each week I have to figure out who’s going to be around. Each week I plan something that the people I have available to me are capable of doing. Each week something invariably happens that I did not plan, and it’s up to me to deal with it somehow.
So then I start to think about why I find the choir so much less frustrating and more rewarding. I can come up with two reasons easily: I don’t have to figure out each week what days to hold choir on, and I don’t have to worry that we’ll be unable to accomplish anything at all if the whole choir doesn’t show. The days are set, and we do something with whoever we have. More chaotic, perhaps, but far less stressful.
If Muffin Hunter raiding starts up again, and I’m hoping it will, I think this will be a very useful lesson to keep in mind.