Have you ever wandered about at Huntly Wynd? On foot? On a bicycle, maybe? Well, most of the time, people wave and smile. A few others walk straight ahead. To the clubhouse. For a meeting.
Is it possible that these few are beset with worry and stress that they succumb to feelings of emptiness and aloneness? Or could it be aloofness? Maybe a combination of both.
In 2008, an incredible discussion, The Rethink Conference, brought together 30 world leaders and distinguished “influencers and thinkers in media, politics, faith, science, business and technology”. It was led by Dr. Robert Schuller and held at his Crystal Cathedral. Among those invited were Pres. George H. Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, Gary Smalley, and George Foreman – all acknowledged to be community leaders.
Christian News Wire writes: “Community leaders who really want to make a difference in today’s culture need a fresh perspective on our ever changing world and their place in it.”
It continues: “Never before have we gathered such dynamic leaders who will challenge us to think outside the box as we grapple with a changing culture and our response to it.”
Bill Dallas, executive director of the conference adds: “This conference will confront outdated and pre-conceived ideas, offer new perspectives and connect us with our shifting culture without compromising our core values.”
As I read these statements, they jumped off the page. Could my “Aha” moment have led me to The Rethink Conference so that I could share its objectives and ideals here? Especially to those ….few looking ahead, nonchalant, looking so unfriendly….. on their way to a meeting at the clubhouse …at 6:00 pm.
Two words stand out on Conan O’Brien’s quote above: “Work hard, BE KIND, and amazing things will happen.” He did not say, Work hard, be grouchy….