Sunday, June 8, 2014

Post Conference Day 1

I think there should be a name for the first day after a conference.

A name for that feeling of the first day after a great time of learning and growth.

Like......

Scrambled egg head
or
Confretitis
or
What the heck now?
or
Exhaustionelation

I don't know what to call it but it is a "thing".

A full day of conference, an emotional end, a sad farewell to new and reunited friends, two flights across a vast land....... and many, many long and deep conversations all day long left Jennifer and I trying not to nod off on the last hour of the flight, literally unable to speak coherently anymore or even think straight.

And today...... back in the warm embrace of our families, a sleep in our own beds under our belts,  lots to share and yet lots we can't share yet because we have yet to make sense of it.

We were at a Leadership Institute and Study Tour on Pedagogical Leadership.  It was my second such institute and the first one literally changed my life.

Its impact on our organisation over the last two years.... profound.

And history will show that this Institute, in 2014, was another milestone in the development of our work.

It changed us.

It challenged our thinking on so many fronts.

But...... thankfully...... it also validated us.

The overwhelming sense of relief and delight in realising how far we have come, how much we have accomplished is almost as profound as the overwhelming realisation of what we still need to learn and do.

It will take time to sort through our thinking.

To decide on the best next step.

To map out the way forward.

I am tired.  I am delighted. I am challenged.

I am changed.

I think that means it was an excellent conference.

An excellent time of connection and conversations with a colleague.

And now I am hoping for an excellent nights sleep before tomorrow comes and the work begins again.

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship
Louisa May Alcott 

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