Today was the last day of the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. Imagine a corner of Boston filled with the whispers of 11K + librarians and sales people trying to get in on the action for books, media and all other things related to the 21st century library.
I went to the event virtually. If I had really gone, I would have made a coffee date with myself on this last day to review everything I had learned. Being an introvert, coffee dates with myself provide valuable time to have a reflective conversation.
My virtual wanderings on the conference information page led me to a bakery that looks interesting. It is called Flour Bakery + Cafe. The place is owned by cookbook author, Joanne Chang-Myer. Check out the location near the conference using the google map street view.
When I read about Joanne, I feel exhausted yet uplifted. She does so much with the same 24 hours all of us are given. Look at this list of passions: running, co-owning another restaurant with her husband, and writing. Another interesting note is that Ms. Chang-Meyers studied applied math at Harvard. Her latest book is called Baking with Less Sugar. She used her math insight and applied it to baking to reduce sugar.
For this virtual coffee chat, I am taking some time to reflect on the book that won the Newbery Award for 2016. The winner is a picture book called Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson. The book is an example of how a conversation between an adult and a child can guide the child in a certain direction.
CJ is the main character and he notices everything he doesn't have. Nana gently provides a different perspective to all CJ's concerns. The most imaginative example is the line Nana gives as a response to CJ's disappointment about not having a car. She says, "Boy, what do we need a car for? We got a bus that breathes fire."
CJ finds his own way to gratitude with the consistent and loving presence of Nana. And I have one more chance to reflect and consider the possibilities for gratitude. Would I see the rainbow over the grimy buildings like Nana?
Another speaker from the conference offered a similar theme. Perhaps you have heard of Lizzie Velasquez from her TED talk. She invites listeners to consider re-think bullying and inspires me to work positively to overcome obstacles.
I leave this cafe feeling energized by Joanne Chang-Myer, more grateful thanks to CJ and Nana, and lighter thanks to Lizzie. I am ready to tackle the next challenge, I thank you for joining me on this virtual coffee chat in Boston. Where shall we go for coffee next?
Cup of Leadership is...a blog for people who lead children.Deanne Bryce is a writer for young children and an advocate for personal leadership at all ages. This post is part of a series of posts where we engage in a virtual coffee chat. It is a chance for people who lead children to take a break and reflect on leadership strategies. In addition we get to virtually visit coffee shops around the world in order to gain a fresh perspective. Suggest a virtual visit or leadership topic by connecting on Facebook or Twitter.