I have a confession to make; if it’s a little warmer or a little wetter where you live this month, it’s probably because of me… sorry! I have just finished a bit of a world tour; 26,000 miles since I last wrote. I promise I’ll try to swim next time!
I have to say though, that every mile was worth it. I started the month in Australia where I met some amazing educators who are doing incredible things… I heard the story of one school principal who despite suffering very serious health problems has led some of the most innovative developments in Australian education. I met educators who are fighting regressive government policy (Sound familiar?) in order to ensure that the children in their care, really do become global citizens, brimming with aspirations and values… I even managed to take in a game of Aussie Rules Footy and the incredible MCG, I don’t think I understood it but apparently I cheer for the Demons!
On my penultimate day in Australia, in the foyer of my hotel, I had a life changing experience; by complete accident, I met the number one person on my list of people I dream of meeting… I was running out of the breakfast room, when I literally bumped in to the Dalai Lama, like you do! We didn’t speak, but our eyes met, can you hear the music? He really is the most serene person I have ever been in the presence of, his passion for humanity and his vision radiates like a light!
Then to Madrid to speak at an event for La Red Innova; the meeting place for the innovative of the Spanish speaking world and Latin America… Wow, what an experience; I met some of the most dynamic, creative, can do people I’ve ever hung out with. The way they see the world, our future, is inspiring!
So here I am, now at home, with a cup of tea, mentally preparing for Murray mania in the semi-final at Wimbledon, looking out of my window trying to piece the last month together and one thing sticks in my mind; a comment, can’t remember who from, but in a discussion about the definition of leadership I heard someone answer in one word; courage.
From my incredible month and the people I met, I would say that it would be hard to argue with that… because wherever you are, whoever you meet, whatever their jobs… people who are leading us through difficult times into better places certainly have more balls than a Wimbledon fortnight!