Well, after a month of living 'la vita local' we head back on the road for a trip to Edmonton. As we do so I get struck with three things:
1) I am amazed to be given the opportunity to speak to people all over the world, to share my ideas and ideals with audiences. It was never part of a 'plan', it just happened. An unlikelier public speaker you won't ever find. I'm uncomfortable in front of a group and very nervous about giving lectures. But I gear myself up with a couple visualizations and a prayer and go. As the first 'away' lecture of the year, it marks another beginning. Another opportunity.
2) Going to the airport again loads up the anxiety. It's always a crap shoot, will they be cool, decent people - like most are? But there's always the possibility that one of them will take in into their head to work out their 'issues' on one of mine. That's always fun. So the travel part is definately not why I do what I do.
3) Joe and I get to snap into that 'team' mode that is just so wonderful. He does his stuff to make things happen, I do my stuff. It's an adventure in reciprocity. Even though I get most of the credit because I'm more public. The organizers (who work exclusively with Joe getting things organized) and I know how much a part of the whole thing Joe is. I get to be entirely dependent in certain areas and I get to be 'the rock' in other areas. It's nice.
I'm writing this the night before, we'll be up way to early for doing a morning blog. So let's see, the bags are packed, I'm ready to go ... Just got to hit 'auto publish' and I'm ...