Thoughts on Goals
A few years back, I started a habit of setting goals for events and situations that folks perhaps would consider out of the usual range of goal-setting. Examples: a week’s vacation in Maine, a potentially contentious meeting with a co-worker, family holidays. I’ve found, if I put thought and intention into how I’d like to behave, what I’d like to experience, it makes a big difference in my overall satisfaction.
So I set some goals for the first day of this weekend’s WordPresss Wordcamp -my first experience among other bloggers and WordPress users.
- Notice people and smile
- Embrace awkward
- Wear nerdy shoes
- Talk to at least one person of color
I find conferences (or camps or tradeshows) a little awkward: all those strangers, spending hours indoors in just a few rooms, all that sitting and listening. As much as I looked forward to attending Wordcamp, I knew there were some potential pitfalls that I wanted to avoid, hence the first goal.
Number three is one of my standards, often interchanged with “practice gratitude.”
Number four was just for fun -most of my shoes are nerdy!
Number five is the elephant (in the room): I’ve come to understand that being one of just a few brown faces means I need to actively seek out the other brown faces. Once upon a time I thought it didn’t matter so much: I like diversity, and all people are equal right? However, lately I’ve started to wonder if there’s something a little funny about the Northeast (as a Yankee, I can’t really speak for other parts of the U.S.) -I’ve attended many conferences, concerts, and parties where other children of the African disapora keep such a distance from me, I wonder if there’s some magnetic force propelling them away.
So those were my goals for yesterday. What will today bring?
(Thanks to Charles Williams for the photo snagged from Flickr.)
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