Back in my illustrious days of teaching high school history and college writing, I used to occasionally have a discussion with my students in which we would describe cool things, technology, ideas that just "blow your mind". For instance, when I lived in France, I would put my telephone card in, dial the international code and phone number and talk to my parents on the wall phone in the kitchen (and this was before cellphones!) --- across an ocean! That blows my mind!
Matt Stewart, my awesome co-worker, just shared with me that the concept of video chatting on cell phones -- that you can be hundreds and thousands of miles away from someone but see and hear them LIVE instantaneously-- blows his mind! He's right; that is mind-blowing.
How about cars that now parallel park themselves? (What??!!) Doesn't that just blow your mind?
Yes, yes, yes. Technology is an amazing and wondrous thing.
All that duly noted, I just had my fourth anniversary of working for the City of Kemmerer (okay, now THAT really.. well, you get the idea..). This has been a rewarding, challenging and extremely exciting job for me. Truly interesting each and every jump-out-of-bed-can't-wait-to-get-started day.
But we are entering into what may be the most thrilling stage of work here yet... for the first three years, my work was mostly contained in the Event Center with bursts of collaboration. Suddenly, cooperation and sharing is happening all over the city among more organizations than I've seen yet. Multiple groups are working together on cultural arts, downtown revitalization, economic development, recreation and outdoor sports, and the list goes on. And you know what? Things are starting to move, taking on an energy and momentum of their own with capable, confident leaders and teams who seems to be united in mission without the competitiveness and maneuvering that we sometimes see in group efforts.
If this continues, which we have every reason to believe will be the case, prepare to be amazed and impressed by what gets accomplished in our community. I have a feeling that very soon, what you see is going to blow your mind!
If you would like to receive a FREE ticket to Andy Hackbarth's Concert (he is soooo great!) just shoot me an email and tell me something --anything-- that "blows your mind."
Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by the blog.