I’m admittedly what I like to call a “braided river” person. If you are one, you probably already know it. I am interested and passionate about many things. It would appear that I’m a big walking sponge. I regularly read the most unusual email newsletters, go on hour-long “search and learn” adventures online and off. I enjoy conversations with others who are deeply experienced in or with something of interest to me. My curiosity doesn’t seem to have an “off” switch.
It all goes back to the interconnectedness of the world in which we live, and just how much I love it – connecting people, resources, and bits of information.
Here’s how I came to this analogy. Where I grew up, rivers were generally well defined within a single channel. I have hiked and fished along the banks of those rivers and creeks since I was big enough to walk. I’ve loved every minute of it.
My first trip out west, in the late 80’s on a work-related speaking engagement, I finally experienced a braided river. While they certainly contain a substantial (perhaps, greater) quantity of water than the rivers I already knew, braided rivers spread out across wide, seemingly flat spaces. They meander, as my grandmother would say.
They’re not particularly deep in any given stretch – at least not until they merge with other braided river streams. Then something grand happens. As a matter of fact, the Grand Canyon is a super example of what happens when enough braided rivers merge – the power of which carved the one of the great wonders of the world.
There’s power in connecting braider river people. And, I dearly love connecting and aggregating the power of “braided river” people who are knowledgeable and passionate about something. It’s downright fun!
And, the results are usually stunning.
If you’re a braided river person, too, please tell me! And, be sure to help me know what you’re most passionate (and knowledgeable) about. You never know when I will run into another braided river person to whom I just can’t wait to introduce you.