My son was strumming his guitar the other evening, marveling at the resonance each plucked string made. Just his comment “dad check out how long this note goes” made me think about all the things I have experienced that continue to resonate for me. We all experience this. We hear a great talk, share a dinner with friends or read a book that shows up in our conversations. These things continue to resonate with us long after others have faded.
Just today my wife and I were marveling how a retreat we both attended continues to impact us. It was a gathering of graduates of George Fox Evangelical Seminary Doctoral of Ministry (DMin) Program on Orcas Island in NW Washington. The group discussion was Led by Author and Professor Leonard Sweet. The subject was the future of technology and the christian church. What still resonates with Kristine and I are the great visits, late night conversations and the inspirations these authors and pastors offered. Each one pushed us to think deeply and left us with a desire to do something grand. Kristine came back and started up her blog which has been dormant since she began a masters program. She wrote six blog posts in one day and is now even attempting to publish her first magazine article.
So what are the ingredients of resonance? How do we have the same influence on others we reach? These are thethings I am contemplating this morning. My friend Peter Biddle is still thinking about Seth Godin’s talk on energy from etch 2007 (correction, Saul Griffith, and it was etech 2008. Share a video link if you know of one). Lana is still being impacted years later by a women’s retreat in Colorado. What is it for you? Let us unpack this together. I am chewing through the book Enchantment, and Guy Kawasaki takes apart many of these elements. I will report back when I am done. For me the book itself is resonating already. I am taking my time and letting it sink deep.