One of the interesting things about this particular conference is that the leaderdship of the Grand Lodge, who were moderating the discussions or presenting the topics, are all what I would consider to be very successful people. They are leaders in their communities and in their professions. They have proven themselves time and time again to be resourceful, intelligent, competent individuals. When they describe an outlook on life, it pays to listen - they've obviously got somthing right.
It became even more interesting when I heard these successful people quoting even more successful people, and echo thoughts I've held privately for many years.
* Every problem has a solution.
* If you achieve all your goals, you've set your aim too low.
* It's not enough to know how to do something. You need to know why, in order to be truely successful at it.
It was very humbling, and very uplifting, to be in the company of so many good men. At first I felt... separate. I didn't know most of the people there. None of the other line officers from my lodge were there, only one past master and two honorary members who were there representing their mother lodge. I hadn't had any opportunities to really get to know any of the Grand Lodge officers, or any members of other lodges. A couple of people recognized me from times we've met briefly in the past, but it wasn't until Saturday morning and afternoon during the counterpart sessions (where lodge officers met with their grand lodge counterparts) when I really got comfortable there. I really feel like I was able to connect with some of the officers of other lodges, and in particular with the Grand Junior Deacon, who will (in theory) be the Grand Master in 2011, when I will (in theory) be the Master of my lodge.
It's good to feel welcome in the company of such august men.