Last week I attended the 13th annual In2:InThinking Conference, “Succeeding with Inquiry – Insights, Knowledge, Action,” held on the campus of California State University, Northridge near Los Angeles, California. This conference is a gathering of people from around the country, and around the world, who are interested in, and dedicated to, the pursuit of better thinking in our work and personal lives. I’ve supported and attended the last ten of these conferences now, and each time I come away with more knowledge, inspiration and friendships. In reflecting on my experiences at the conference, it occurred to me that achieving better focused and creative thinking is a bit like traveling in time. Using the learning of the past, the possibilities of the future, and yet remaining mindful and engaged in the present. My reflection led me to write the following poem.
The Thinking Time Traveler
To think is to travel in time.
On a journey within our mind.
Wiser from lessons past.
Inspired by a future vast.
We explore, yet we must somehow,
Remain here and engaged in the now.
24 June 2014
So . . . Here’s what you catalyzed in my feverish mind:
There once was an In:Thinking Thinker
Who everyone knew was a stinker
Though his thoughts were opaque
Like a dense chocolate cake
We bought into them hook, line, & sinker
Frankly, I have no idea where this came from, but I found myself helpless in its grip. So sue me.
I love it!! I hope it wasn’t a sub-conscious response to my presentation. We ought to suggest to Bill that he include a limerick contest for the next In2:InThinking Conference.
A limerick contest would be fun and, no, this was in no way a subconscious response to your presentation. I enjoyed it . . . except for the one slide about explicit and tacit knowledge that gave me flashbacks and made me squirm in my seat. 🙂
BTW – According to WordPress, your response (above) won’t be posted for almost another seven hours. Huh?