It’s at times like this that I am reminded of the poem by William Henry Davies that begins:
“What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare…”
…not yet anyway…!
When ANLP was offered the chance to run the Conference for 2017, it was more a case of “This feels natural.” rather than “How will we find the time…?” and it has been a wild ride ever since…
Having worked alongside the incredible ANLP team and meeting some amazing people at the 2016 Conference, it became obvious that working with the Committee was going to be one, long rush…like skiing down a mountain on one leg whilst being chased by an avalanche…and wearing a slightly bewildered smile!!!
And here’s why…
The avalanche is the weight of expectation…”Fresh, Fun and Community” are the words we selected for the 2017 Conference…to give us all an opportunity to see and hear what’s new, what’s interesting or controversial.
The skiing down the mountain on one leg…well that’s because we, at ANLP, had little time in which to take over from Crown House and start organising everything with, initially, only 2 people (I was new to ANLP and wasn’t much use!!)…
The rush? We had to find a venue to meet the criteria from the Conference survey (i.e. make it better value, free lunch, free parking, be inclusive…), find people willing to help, present, set up a website and record the processes so we can do it all again for subsequent years…
The bewildered smile is my awe at seeing how the Committee are willing to give up their spare hours and minutes to help out in whatever way they can… and everything remains a happy blur at the moment!
On a skiing holiday, I once saw a sign that said “If you saw what you hit, you weren’t going fast enough!”….
Well, we are going as fast as possible and I have no idea of the obstacles we have hit so far…we will get there, with your patience and understanding and I sincerely hope you do too!
By Kash Bhagwat-Brown