Monday Morning Rock Out!

This week’s Rock Out is a shout-out to the fabulous folks who attended the Dorothy Johnson Center’s Governance Conference this past Friday. I am so very grateful for the opportunity to have been of service to you during that terrific day!

Throughout the morning, we focused on the need to change the way we see things, before we can change the things we do. The “doing” part is easy if we have transformed the way we think and be as participants in this sector.

When we change the way we see things, things change. But as we have been exploring in the posts about the arts, “seeing” is not just about the images that touch the eyes of our flesh; seeing is just as much (if not more) about the eyes of our spirit.

In Grand Rapids, the assembled board members in Grand Valley State’s Loosemore Auditorium were encouraged to see what would be possible if they focused their vision – their seeing – on making a difference. As that way of seeing sunk in, moment by moment, I watched as board member after board member felt empowered. That vision is why we join boards!

And so, as you head into your week, that is what I wish for you. Encourage your eyes to see all they have the potential to see. The Little Prince reminds us that “One cannot see well except with the heart; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Change the way you see things. And things will change.

Have a great Monday, and a great week, all!

If you are new to the Monday Morning Rock Out, you can find previous Rock Outs here – enjoy!

Many many thanks to our friend / colleague / Community-Driven co-conspirator, Michael Kumer (Dean of the Masters of Science in Community Leadership Program at Duquesne University) for sharing this marvelous snippet of life’s possibilities with us.

(And if you or someone you know is considering getting your Masters degree, the mission of the Masters of Science in Community Leadership program at Duquesne is nothing less than providing a change-the-world, leave-a-legacy, make-a-difference experience for its students. We know because we helped the department recraft its strategy to do just that, and because we teach a course, “Creating the Future of Your Community,” as adjunct faculty in that new curriculum!)

2 Responses to Monday Morning Rock Out!

  1. i was at your conference in grand rapids – it helped me see our board in a new way – making change possible. your video clip was personally helpful in continuing on that idea of seeing things or thinking of things differently. God bless!

  2. I almost didn’t watch the video clip. I’m so glad that I did. It’s so hard to catch people’s attention. That’s half the battle (maybe more) in “making a difference.” But that’s the beauty of human nature. We keep figuring out new ways to see the world…or rediscovering what is good.