Today is the first day of a conference with 8,000 plus people. In an understatement, there are a lot of people! As I wander though the exhibition area, I am struck by two observations. First, there are a lot of old friends with new firms. Second, everyone is on a mission. S/he wants you to believe that they believe.
The fact that people have changed loyalties is not surprising. Personal circumstances evolve. Corporations shift strategies. Some are acquired; others morph into different entities. The smiles are to be expected. The quiet candor about the organization and where their hearts are is a surprise.
I am struck by the conviction that most bring to a conversation. This conference, more than any of its predecessors, is about connecting ideas with solutions. People are focused. They know the background, now it is time for questions and answers. There is logic to the process, although I am not sure it is playing out as the creators anticipated.
Across the ages, individuals have reconnected with others while on a mission. There is something magical that occurs in the doing. It is as if the actions in themselves were life changing for all involved.
One writer noted the beginning with interest. “I, Paul, have been called and sent by Jesus, the Messiah, according to God’s plan, along with my friend Sosthenes. I send this letter to you in God’s church at Corinth, believers cleaned up by Jesus and set apart for a God-filled life.” (1 Corinthians 1.1)
The stage was set then as it is this week. What will follow is yet to be written. I am sure there will be moments of success with others that are best used for education and growth. The question I face is the path I will choose. Being intentional in my doing opens up the possibility of making a positive difference. I may fail. These moments are gateways to growth. In everyday there is a possibility of moving forward. It is triggered by a willingness to act intentionally. Doing opens up the possible for everyone.