For those of you who don’t know, my husband (Monty) and I recently left San Diego, CA for Easton, PA, to live for six months closer to my hero, Frances Hesselbein (former CEO of The Girl Scouts of America and the Peter Drucker Institute, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom the highest honor for a US civilian). We did it. We’re here. And, now we are on a steep learning curve. It is a good thing we are very fast and strong climbers!
Last Friday, we went to dinner in town with Frances. It was a wonderful experience. I know Frances well and have enjoyed quite a few “girls’ weekends” with her in Easton over the years. My husband has not spent much time with her, so this was a new experience for him. I was touched by the loving welcome Frances gave him. Not surprised, but touched to the heart.
At dinner Frances asked Monty a most intriguing question, “What is happening in our country today that makes you think, “bright future”? What an interesting question. It caused him (and me) to dig quietly into our thoughts and our hearts, to forego the “news of the day” and all the back and forth of who is right and who is wrong. It completely changed the focus from repeating what we see and hear to specifically, what is good in the world today.
I love when Frances does this. Asks me questions. And she does it frequently. She leads by asking me to think about a subject, person, place or thing. She learned this from the great Peter Drucker, the father of modern management, who said that great leaders “Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Monty answered the question thoughtfully in his way. He said that what he sees happening in our country today that makes him think bright future is the younger generation, the Millennials, who are such a strong force and working so hard to effect change. He also said that many of the older generations are working to bridge the gap between “us and them” and helping guide young people to a better future.
I see that many of us are more actively communicating with each other because we realize that it is the only way to make the world a better place. We have to communicate to work together, no matter who we are, and more and more of us are recognizing how critical this really is.
After dinner, we spent a little time chatting over coffee and ice cream. Frances shared that one of her ancestors, John Adams, never owned a slave. And, he sat at the same table as George Washington, who owned hundreds. And they were civil and founded a country together. They were able to sit across the table from each other, respect each other’s differences, and work together to create our country. To me, this is what happened in our past that makes me think “bright future.”
What do you think? What do you see happening in our country today that makes you think bright future? I’d love to read your thoughts.
Thank you for reading!