The Thinking Time Traveler

timetravelLast 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.

Don McAlister
24 June 2014

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About donmcalister

I retired at the end of 2011, after a 39 year career in the Aerospace industry as an Propulsion Engineer, Engineering Manager and Program Manager. My professional interests and expertise is in the areas of Program, Risk and Knowledge Management. I'm passionate about life-long learning involving a wide variety of topics and I'm committed to sharing my knowledge and ideas with those who are interested. My primary hobby is performing jazz music. I'm a jazz keyboard player, and vocalist, and I'm on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Simi Valley Jazz Club, which is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music from the '20's through the 60's.
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3 Responses to The Thinking Time Traveler

  1. Rick Ladd says:

    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.

    • donmcalister says:

      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.

      • Rick Ladd says:

        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?

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