Having a think… or maybe just going round in circles

This morning this months LETS newsletter arrived, along with a membership renewal form.

I didn’t go to this months meeting as it would have been to much of a rush after work to get there, and to be honest I couldn’t be bothered to make the effort. I am in two minds about LETS at the moment, on one hand I am a member because I believe it is a step in the right direction, it stands for a part of something that I want so badly… But on the other hand I am not sure what I am getting out of it.

To be active within the local branch you basically have to go to meetings, which are monthly and some times just feel like hassle to get to with work and all. More or less it is the same people who go along to meetings, and almost all the trading is based on goods not services. I got some nice Christmas presents for some people at the December meeting but I’m not really sure what else I have gotten… Sometimes, especially coming up to meetings, it feels like I am turning my much needed time and cash into ‘DEANS’ when it could possibly be used in a much more productive way towards my life.

I do support the ideology, it just seems to ‘fit’ with how I want to live my life, and that is why I am a member. If I am going to be a member than I want to be active and involved and not be just another member who pays my membership each year and means to do better (and there are a lot of them on the list) but what is it I am getting out of it…

And that is how my thoughts on the matter go round and round. Now the new question is; Do I fill in this years membership renewal and see how it goes for another year, or put my efforts into something else?

I really could do with some help on this one… Answers on the back of a postcard, PLEASE!

6 responses to “Having a think… or maybe just going round in circles

  1. I think if you are in two minds about LETS then give it a break. They may have the ideology that you like, but you can still follow the life style you want without having to join different groups. If you know what I mean.
    This year I’ve been reviewing all my groups and subscriptions as they have been coming up for renewal. I’ve decided not to renew my Spinning Guild subscription, despite doing lots of spinning as I’m not giving or getting anything out of the guild at the moment. I may rejoin in the future, but not this year.

  2. I’ve never heard of LETS before, but think I’ve got the idea of what it is from reading your blog.

  3. Thanks Poppy. I think it looks really interesting. I especially like the idea of trading services. It’s a shame that it’s mostly goods which are traded at your branch, as a combination would work well.

  4. I like the idea of LETS as a service-based trade programme. I think that’s where the strength lies really. I know it’s what I would rather have – someone come and paint something or do a bit of work in the house. But that kind of work is so ‘expensive’ in that it’s so time-consuming (and you have to pay for materials etc.?) that I imagine that kind of exceedingly useful service is hard to come by.

    I’d say give it a break. If you feel like you’re missing out, you can always go back.

  5. Hi I just found your blog searching for LETS pictures on facebook. I am a member of a very active LETS in Australia but I hardly ever get to meetings. I liked the concept so much I volunteered to do local PR work. I do mostly emails about upcoming trade days. It is taking a while for me to feel like I am getting a handle on it but I keep reminding myself: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time” (not intending to offend any vegetarians here).
    I do painting on LETS but only through word of mouth or I get swamped with requests and spend too much time commuting 😦 I am figuring it out as I go along but really enjoying the journey 🙂

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