Human Beings are a community of intelligence. We are not complete. We are still in progress. Relationships are the proving ground for our exercising this intelligence. We are not so much bound by our DNA as we are released to evolve beyond our forbears through the action we call learning. Learning invites intelligence to come forth. This is not learning from books; not the collection of knowledge but more in the nature of emotional growth. We are lagging in that arena. Intellectual growth is more easily achieved since schools are aimed at offering that kind of learning. Emotional learning comes through relationships. Smooth, loving relationships come through the crucible of emotional learning and the exercising of our real human community of intelligence.
Last week was a whirlwind of activity in Georgia. I am privileged to continue my work as a Strengths coach and counselor to InterfaceFlor, Inc. Most of my work is on the telephone, by appointment, yet I love the times when I travel and can meet face-to-face with these friends. When I go to the Interface facility in LaGrange, GA, I try to work in as many meetings and events as I can. This trip was for another Tribal Gathering, this one for the hospitality industry. We met wonderful people, all ages, and all facets of the hotel business and a good time was had by all. The next day, I held several group meetings and our final day was a very satisfying meeting. This was not a meeting-as-usual, but a “reflecting” with some 40 leaders in the Interface family. I was gratified by the response of each individual, taking ownership and leadership in their own style and Strengths-Path. As I move into my wise elder years, I feel confident in the next generations capability to craft the future, based on the best patterns from the past.