yet another successful ZENMothra was held on Friday, December 16... i continue to be floored by the variety of people who share this passion for such a "simple" act. high school students, business owners, teachers... it's clear we all take inspiration and perspective from those who come to share.
this second ZENMothra was special to me for a couple of reasons. first, i love the pleasant surprises it creates. let me explain. i make it a point to invite acquaintances to attend on my dime the first time around. both times i have done this my guest has reluctantly attended. in fact, my first guest pretty much said she came out of pity (she knew it was a new event and wanted to help make it a success). well, now each of these folks are hooked... just like the rest of us!
the second reason it's special is that it reinforced what i have believed all along -- storytelling provides a unique opportunity to strengthen our existing connections with others. one of my neighbors and an occasional business associate attended on friday evening. i have known this man for about 15 years. we've been at social gatherings together. we've had dinner together. you'd think i had a good handle on his major life experiences. we had the good fortune of having his name picked from our hat. he shared a remarkable story -- reflections on an 18 month hitchhiking circumnavigation of north america.
good friends. good stories. good times. we need these. they represent balance in life. good balance means good business. so here's to a healthy, happy and successful new year for all. especially the storyteller in all of us.