The lifespan of a moderator works in a similar (although even more accelerated) way to dog years and I am now “old, aged, burdened with years, advanced in life, come to the last stage” and as such will now be retiring from my role as a mod.
I’d like to offer my deep thanks to moderators and admins, past and present for creating such a incredible team to work in and all the more for the extraordinary friendship they’ve given throughout the ride. I’d similarly like to forward deep thanks for the various and profoundly moving notes of support and kindness shown in all manner of forms, from so many in the community along the way.
May I take the opportunity to exalt the kindness and care for others that already circulates within the forum and offer a little parting encouragement for all of us to help let it grow as large as possible in each of our posting deeds.
Thanks so much for your presence on D&D over the past couple (?) of years. I truly admire your patience, compassion, and wisdom in making decisions that are often difficult. I have watched how you handle yourself, and my goodness you deserve some serious respect. I have a lot to learn from you.
I wish you all the best for whatever you embark on next. I hope you continue with your Dhamma work, because I honestly think you have the potential to be a great contributor to the Buddhist cause. So I hope to see you around!
Oh wow! I would have left way sooner if I knew that would be the response!
When some of the people I most look up to and take as guiding lights in this spectacularly confusing world say such astonishing things, I’m limited to noting it is ineffably touching. A humbled, sincere thank you to you all.
Yeah, about that…
Right at the very moment I was stepping out the door, daydreaming about an extended spell of hiding under the bed, Ven. Sujato asked if I would be an admin (just as a backup—to the best of my understanding, as well as intentions—and maybe someone to fiddle around with settings on behalf of the mods if needed should others not be available). In turn, I’ll definitely be around in some capacity, but do plan on sailing off into a much quieter relationship with the forum mostly focused on the meta channels/SC centric threads and such things.
Rest assured though, I will still be keeping an eye out for mischievous angles I can take on Ven. Yodha’s glorious Dhamma work.
Well now that truly is an unbelievable statement of supreme kindness… to be willing to bear the results of such kamma is really quite a thing; most humbling indeed. Out of great care for you, though, I must encourage against it.
Really, much thanks; I’ll be chortling a while yet.
Hi Aminah, thanks so much for your kindness and wisdom, and for making this forum and this world a little bit brighter and better. We have had many wonderful people on our moderation team, but I think I can say with some confidence, that we have never had anyone quite so silly. In all the best ways, of course!
Dear Aminah, Thank you for all of your wise work as a moderator and I’m so glad you’ll still be around. You’ve always been so wise and kind and thoughtful. It occurs to me that people that are lucky enough to know you personally must treasure you as a friend.
Dear Aminah, I’ve said enough mushy things behind the scenes, to spare the full exposition here… but I don’t think I ever told you that one of the reasons that I considered taking on a mod role here, was because of your presence here, and the admiration of the skillfull way you handle yourself. The humour is a much loved extra!