the Authentic Leadership in Action conference.
One afternoon, after so much talking,
I need to clear my mind and feel the "more-than-human" world.
I step outside and walk into the woods . . .
But this path goes on and on.
There is no right turn path to take me back.
Suddenly right to my side, standing in the dark woods,
I see a small herd - eight of them - all different sizes, bristled, tusked.
I stop. They stop. We watch each other.
After a long moment they all trot away.
I think, "Ah - this is why I came out here. It's all worth it now! "
I ask him where the conference center is.
He doesn't know, but tells me if I keep going I'll get to the village of Ellspeet.
I've been walking for an hour and a half.
I find my way to the village, comforted by the presence of houses.
I turn down the paved road. Four teenagers on bicycles pass by and assure me
the center is two kilometers ahead.
I begin to calm down . . .
I step into the building. It is buzzing with activity.
I appreciate each person in a whole new way.