The quiet room

June 21 2012

I like watching beginnings of events.

There’s expectation in the room, uncertainty, and a hint of nervousness as people arrive and take note of their new surroundings. For a moment, the room is quiet. The swell of anticipation gradually takes over, and the evening soon turns strangers into friends.

Opportunity is kind of like a Gathering. When it arrives, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do. What separates one person from the next is the line of action.

Knowing you need to take advantage of this moment—receiving and giving and exchanging all that you can—can make the difference between success tomorrow and frustration today. You can never be 100% certain whether that circumstance will be revisited.

Think about walking into a room. “There you are!” and “Here I am!” are both common responses. Each work in different ways.