Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Helium Hand


I have this problem. It is called helium hand. I'm not sure if you know what this is but let me tell you how it happens. You are put in a group of people and a question is asked. There are several ways these questions can start, let me list a few.

Can anyone.......
Would anyone be willing to........
Would you be interested.......

The helium hand is also a victim to statements:
We are in need of someone who can......
We need people who like........

or the simple

We need your help.
We need volunteers.

I have fallen victim to helium hand a few times in the past couple of years.

I am the primary president (in charge of kids church) at church. This is a job in and of itself. I didn't so much ASK for the job as the job asked for me. I gladly accepted.

I am the president of my bowling league. This was one I was nominated and voted in for but yes helium hand helped the process along.

I am the pack committe chair. This is where helium hand has seriously done me wrong. Helium hand first had me as a Webelos leader, which I have previous experience with, but the need was greater elsewhere and I found a good leader to take my place. That left my helium hand leading me to Pack Committe Chair.

The thing about helium hand is sometimes it can take you in to a role that is easy, passive, you just follow what has been done before and rely on those around you. Helium hand can also get you in to things you didn't expect. I was once a passive pack committee chair. I did all the behind the scenes computer work, registration, friends of scouting. The easy stuff. Now we have the Cub Master from heck (as we need to watch our language in the scouting program) and he just doesn't have what it takes. THIS is when my helium hand does me even wronger. It has me stepping up to the plate instead of hiding in the dugout. Instead of sitting back and watching things slowly fall apart that helium hand just doesn't give up. Now I've got to get things turned around, convince parents that this IS a good activity and actually take charge of things I've been letting others do. Curses to the helium hand!!!

6 comments:

ewe are here said...

Hmmmmm. Sometimes methinks you need a sharp pin so as not to get over extended due to helium hand.
heh heh

ciara said...

gotta watch how much helium you put into that hand lol but then again, i'm slowly starting to get that hand...i volunteered for school site council and need to wait to see who's decided to be on it, i volunteered to help watch/coach school cheerleading except they haven't asked for my help yet lol, and i may even help w the kids' school's asb.

when i first read the title, i thought, yep, my hands swell up like balloons! lol

Jen said...

Ha ha ha! Cute & creative way to describe it! So true.

Gerb said...

Helium Hands! So, that's what it's called! Before you know it this will catch on all over and it will start being referred to simply as "HH Syndrome".

Amazed said...

I recognize the HH Syndrome...and I will forever call it that. Thanks, Gerb, for the name...and Mum for labeling the condition.

lackrik said...

LOL! Helium Hand. That's a crack up!