I have just returned back to Pittsburgh from an extended 3 weeks of sharing ideas from Toronto, to Evanston, IL, to Vancouver, to Albuquerque NM, to Philadelphia, to Chilliwack BC. I do a fair amount of travel, but this stint was much more than I normally do.
On the one side, I am energized by meeting new people, framing ideas, and learning of new things; and getting to be with forward thinking people is a gas. On the other side, these kinds of trips are draining in more ways than one.
After returning late last evening, I remembered a poem I had written a number of years ago when I had returned from one of these marathon training/presentation jaunts; so today, when I returned to my office, I dug it out. It still held water, so I thought I would share it with you.
The Depleted Circle
"Another flight, off to a new city; into the struggle of why
To speak, share and learn; to dull and blunt, my mind with the task
They want from me more, ideas, ways to do new. And I offer and hunger in the process
As the ideas come out, the well diminishes, a withering; and I need more
The circle is depleted
Applause feels good, it rushes the senses, carries the day; yet bleeds the soul
And then the pause, a refuel, new thoughts; now ready for more
The circle is completed, as the jet moans; I wait to be bled again"
So make sure your circle is refueled, you build your strength to do the important work of community. An inclusive society starts with us!