Have you ever read something that you wished you had written? I came across a post from Margaret Wheatley that fits that category. (Truth is, Meg writes a lot of things I enjoy so much that I wish I had written them.)
Her inspiring and insightful post is entitled, simply, "Some friends and I started talking." In it, she writes about the power of conversations to get things moving.
It is always like this. Real change begins with the simple act of people talking to one another about what they care about.
Yet we make things complicated. In Rotary, we sometimes make our processes overly cumbersome. We create rules so we can avoid difficult conversations. We think we need an "expert" to tell us how to engage with new generations or how to run a membership campaign (yes, I have delivered many of those sessions myself). We listen eagerly to presentations about someone else's "best practices" but walk away empty because we find they don't resonate with us.
While we crave simplicity, we can become suspicious of anything too easy. We fear we may no longer be needed. We find it hard to admit we have been wasting so much time. We become attached to approaches where we have invested lots of time, even if they are no longer relevant. Or inspiring. Or making an impact.
The antidote? Conversations. Conversations in which we express our fears and dreams "that can give birth to powerful actions that change lives and restore hope for the future."
Meg says that whenever she reads about amazing humanitarian relief efforts, she finds that they were born of a simple beginning: "Some friends and I started talking." Think about the simple conversations that happen in Rotary. This is how ShelterBox got started. This is how many of your club's projects began. My own club's gala and July 4th celebrations got rolling with conversations such as these. You probably joined Rotary because of a conversation.
Read Meg's full post here at mindful.org.
What next? Start talking!
- What are you passionate about and what conversations can you have that will make a positive impact for others?