Unfortunately, saying thank you seems to be an afterthought more and more. So at least once a month, I will take a few minutes to publicly appreciate someone that has had an impact on me.
This round: Agile Community Peeps
I know this is a generic mass appreciation and yet, seriously, this is what I need to appreciate the most. Over June and July, I was finally able to attend three conferences in person. Techwell in Vegas, Scrum Gathering in Denver, and Agile Alliance in Nashville.
I’m going to set aside the many emotions I experienced from sharing in person again after over two long years (a different post will be coming for that). This post is about the people. The organizers, the speakers, and the community of people that frequently attend these events. I’ve always known how important community and connection are but when you get a dose of that value in a way that you have longed for…well, it needs to be honored.
There were people that we just hugged and hugged again. There were people that we talked to as if no time had passed. And I don’t mean small talk but really deep vulnerable conversations almost instantly. There were people that I laughed and cried with as if our hearts were soaking up every minute. There were people we didn’t have to say a word and we understood the pain, fear, and hope for this world. There were people longing to learn and collaborate together. And yes, there were people longing for karaoke and dancing too.
I cried. I laughed. I learned. And my soul feels energized.
Thank you. I got a dose of reality that time/distance doesn’t matter when you are connected. I appreciate my agile community peeps.