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Life's a Dance

Wednesday, November 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Anna Chafin
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When I was a freshman in high school in 1992 (yes, I'm fast approaching 40), John Michael Montgomery, a country music singer, released a song that I've carried the lyrics with me since I first heard them.  The chorus goes, "Life's a dance you learn as you go.  Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.  Don't worry 'bout what you don't know.  Life's a dance, you learn as you go."


As an economic developer, I find this song offering some simple words of wisdom.  Whether I'm in the middle of working a high stress recruitment project or dealing with a local issue, there are times I have to step back, take a deep breath, and remember I don't know everything and it's okay to ask for help.  I think I learn the most at times when I humble myself and let someone else lead.  It allows me to listen more and talk less.


"The longer I live the more I believe.  You do have to give if you wanna receive.  There's a time to listen, a time to talk.  And you might have to crawl even after you walk."  


This is my favorite part of the song.  My GEDA experience has been shaped by "you do have to give if you wanna receive."  After being a member of GEDA for a couple of years, Peggy Jolley asked me to serve as a committee chair during her time as chair.  That opportunity allowed me to get more engaged in the organization.  While I've certainly given a lot of my time to GEDA as a committee chair, board member, and now executive committee member, the organization has given me far more in return.  


As we come to the end of 2017, I'd like to encourage you to listen to the song and see if it inspires you also.  I want to challenge you to make getting more involved in GEDA a priority in 2018.  If you do, I think you will end up receiving much more than you give.


I hope to see you at the November program on Monday in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center.  It will be a great opportunity for us to gather together one final time this year and celebrate this year's award winners.  Hope to see you Monday!



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