Plugging into the vibe this week

March 28, 2013

There is a vibe. And I’m plugging into it with every molecule I can.

Conferences are the best. But they can be soul-sucking, too.

There is something to be said for gathering a largish number of people in a room, all with unique interests and talents but with a shared excitement – for innovation, for a trade, for a way of life or a goal or a unified vision. Buzz is generated when you get people together like that. And it could be any type of event or meeting or convention or gathering. Doesn’t matter really. It’s just one of those things that is awesome when it happens…when you find it…when you either make it happen or happen into it.

But then there is something to be said for gatherings of another sort. This kind doesn’t need a description other than it’s a gathering of people that, simply, don’t care. Perhaps for the general subject matter or to simply not be there at all.

Gatherings attended by your own choosing.
Gatherings by someone else’s choosing.

Big difference.

The former creates a high-energy, buzzing, energy. The vibe.
The latter creates boredom. And whatever the opposite of a positive vibe would be (A negative vibe. A vobe? Ha.).

I’m at Big Kansas City today. 400 people in an airline hangar filled with vintage airplanes, a crap ton of coffee, and that vibe, all gathered to listen and learn and inspire and connect at the inaugural Big Series event to be held in the Kansas City area. It’s special. Inherently because it’s the first Big Kansas City and I am a SPN contributor and thrilled to have the event here in my town. But it’s also special because, well, because it’s special.

Big Series events are magical.

Yup, that’s what I said.


And although the branding and signage is top-notch and the event planning is picture perfect and the speaker list impressive, that’s not what makes it magical.

It’s that vibe. That untouchable, you-know-it’s-there-but-you-can’t-see-it vibe.

Babygirl is at home today, snuggling and playing with Grandma and Grandpa. It hurts a little, as it always does to leave a punkin for any length of time that you are used to having by your side all day every day. But it’s worth it. Because I plug into that vibe and I know that, whatever the vibe ignites in me during the next two days will be worth missing my family for. Whatever that fire creates in the next week, the next month, next year or decade, will be worth it.

So, I’m vibing. And sending regular texts to Grandma. :)

Have a great day, ya’ll.


What are you buzzing about this week??

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