Both events stirred ideas around the power of the question "why?" and the importance of believing in something bigger than yourself. Curiously, the theme of the CLS was "We Are One" and yet I came away from the event thinking about what distinct perspectives each of us in the creative community has to offer. How do we complement or supplement each other? How are we similar? How are we different? How are we unique? The broad range of great speakers and topics helped bring that aspect of diversity home to me. And those same questions might have been asked of the range of faith perspectives represented on the Interfaith Council. The Table of Faiths event was not themed "We Are One" though there is a sense that each of the faiths represented there all exist in harmony inspire of or because of their differences.
Each presenter and storyteller that I heard today fascinated me and inspired me. Here are just a few favorite thoughts from the day.
The Highlights - CLS
"The Disease of Self" - what Dayton Moore warns will tear apart a team or a business or a family
"Choose the thoughts that you think." Toni Blackman
"If you want to write, write." Gillian Flynn
"Don't ask the designer to design a bridge; ask the designer to get from one side of the river to the other." Mauro Porcini
"Believe that what you're doing has to be done." Chris Ciesiel
"Tear down your idea - what's left standing is something pure." Matt Castilleja
"Always know why you're doing what you're doing." Ryan Wing
"You turn folded card stock into joy grenades." Rob Riggle
"Know you're number 1 but act like the underdog." Carla Moore
"Music is not just sound. It's a force." Nolan Gasser
"My work is not satisfaction from all the people I've proved wrong. It's a tribute to everyone I've proved right." Raul Alejandro
The Highlight - Table of Faiths
"People were created to be loved and things were created to be used. The problem is that people are being used and things are being loved." - Shakil Haider (winner of the 2016 Steve Jeffers Award)