By Bronwyn Ison
Five conferences, attending a retreat, creating a program, hosting a retreat, eight books later, listening to numerous podcasts, as well as more creations behind the scenes… people are hungrily seeking information on how to better navigate through life and discover more about themselves and those around them.
I’ve always found people to be so interesting. This should give a good explanation to my previous career, broadcast reporting, and why I loved being assigned the crime beat. I’m fascinated to learn why people do what they do. However, I believe most people are interested in what makes others tick.
As a collective thought, I’ve learned, most people are genuinely seeking to better improve themselves. We are seekers. Seeking to gather a greater understanding as to how we personally operate. These conferences have numerous sessions that often include self-improvement exercises as well as incredible speakers. I value what they have to share. I believe whomever is sharing their message is genuinely there to serve and help others.
Attending so many conferences has been inspiring. The first conference I attended in August was in San Diego. I knew going into the month that there would be many changes upon my future. I knew this because after an entire decade of work I decided to take the entire month off to seek. Without a doubt several things occurred both professionally and personally. In both areas of my life I did not see what was coming. However, this is how we expand ourselves. We’re able to step out of our comfort zones so we can prosper.
Prosper is an understatement as to what you can achieve when you step out or are thrown out of your comfort zone. If requires you to step up to the plate. It may require you to gain perspective. You may ask yourself a lot of questions about future professional and personal endeavors. It may send you on a seeking quest. Or, you may decide to knock on doors you’ve wanted to see open.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
Whether you are a person of faith or not… this verse in the Bible applies to everyone if you decide to apply it to your life.