Day 1203: Membership

Because I’m a member of the board for an organization of group therapists,  I’ll be attending a meeting on the topic of “Membership” today.

Because I’m a member of the three-person committee planning today’s meeting, I’ll be facilitating members sharing thoughts, feelings, and experiences of membership.

Because I’m a member of the blogging community, I’m sharing some thoughts, feelings, and experiences of membership here before I leave for the meeting.

Here are some quotes about membership (found here and here):

“Membership has its privileges.”  — American Express advertisement from the 1980s

“Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.” — Groucho Marx

“Every adult, whether he is a follower or a leader, a member of a mass or of an elite, was once a child. He was once small. A sense of smallness forms a substratum in his mind, ineradicably. His triumphs will be measured against this smallness; his defeats will substantiate it.” — Erik Erikson

“If I could get my membership fee back, I’d resign from the human race.” — Fred Allen

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” —  Mia Hamm

“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” —  Mark Twain

“Coming out is a means of redefining oneself, of claiming membership in a lifestyle and a social order with distinct values. Chief among these values is honesty.” — Lance Loud

“I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” — Will Rogers

“Having cancer gave me membership in an elite club I’d rather not belong to.” — Gilda Radner

“The world of science and the world of literature have much in common. Each is an international club, helping to tie mankind together across barriers of nationality, race and language. I have been doubly lucky, being accepted as a member of both.” — Freeman Dyson

“What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.” — Benjamin Franklin Fairless

“In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.” — Albert Einstein

“What characterizes a member of a minority group is that he is forced to see himself as both exceptional and insignificant, marvelous and awful, good and evil.” —  Norman Mailer

“You are a member of the British royal family. We are never tired, and we all love hospitals.” —  Queen Mary

Here’s my own quote about “Membership,” this morning:

How I feel about membership in any group depends on whether it’s a group I have chosen or it’s a group that has been chosen for me.

Do any of my photos from yesterday relate to today’s topic of “Membership”?

Thanks to all human and non-human members who helped me create today’s post and thanks to you — of course! — for being a member of my blogging community, here and now.

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37 thoughts on “Day 1203: Membership

  1. being a member of the blogging community is my kind of membership Ann!

  2. Sorry, I’d love to comment, but I’m running late to a meeting.

  3. Seeing “Target” in one of the picture reminds me of some big chain store membership clubs in US here. Their membership fees are quiet expensive if you just belong but do not use them much.

  4. Your cat is a great typist! I’m a member of the human race, blogging community and family.

  5. Seeing your photo of “42” makes me wonder whether you too are a member of the Douglas Adams Fan Club. 😀

  6. Carol Ferenc

    I happy to have chosen membership in this blogging community, Ann.

  7. Oh, I just remember: I love your pictures!

  8. Suddenly I feel like a member … In a good way! 😎

  9. Cricket and Rugby Club memberships afforded me important lessons in life

  10. When a crowd is rushing toward the edge if a cliff, the one who is heading in the opposite direction seems insane. – G.K Chesterton
    I’d be in the group of one.
    -Alan

  11. I have been remiss in my duties as a member of this elite group we call Ann’s followers. Sorry. I have very unsuccessfully to keep up with my A-Z Blog Challenge and have neglected all else. Hope everything is going well with you Ann.

  12. I am an unpaid Member.

  13. I am not a member of anything, unless you count being a member of that huge ass organisation called parenthood, I tried being a member of a Gym but that was a wash so cancelled that membership and stuck with the parenthood one.

  14. I re-member all this!

  15. Pingback: Day 1204: Yipes! | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

  16. First, I love the Mark Twain quote!
    As for membership… besides being a member of the feline race your

  17. cat seems to have no doubt that she has full membership rights in your home, family, to your laptop…

  18. I am a member of the human race, the female population, the populations of divorcees, animal lovers, cat owners, peace activists (at least in theory…), 50+ women who feel the best part of life is just beginning, racist haters (does that make me a racist?), people who are struggling to make ends meet, lifelong learners, women who will never get disappointed enough by men to stop falling in love with them….

  19. Great topic dear Ann, as always.

  20. 😍

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