On riding a dead horse...

Statue of St. Wenceslas Riding a Dead Horse by David Cerny

To those who arriving here via a search for "Wenceslas riding a dead horse!"

I had a delightful coffee hour this morning with some colleagues in ministry and one of our number shared this bit of wisdom which I've tweaked for our own corner of the vineyard...

Lakota tribal wisdom says that whenever you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in the church we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following:

- Buy a stronger whip.

- Change riders.

- Say, "This is the way we've always ridden a dead horse."

- Declare, "No horse is too dead to beat."

- Study alternative uses for dead horses.

- Require all parishes to have a dead horse.

- Visit other parishes to see how they ride a dead horse.

- Run a workshop to increase sensitivity to dead horses.

- Provide funding to increase the performance of dead horses.

- Harness several dead horses together for increased speed.

- Appoint a diocesan committee to study dead horses.

- Cluster parishes to share the benefits of dead horses.

- Promote a dead horse to a position of authority.