Friday, August 15, 2014

More of my John Maxwell weekend!

I am going to let you all in on a little more of the JMT action!  It is very important to Paul Martinelli, the JMT pres that the ENERGY of the room is high and inviting.  Soooo... this is how the alumni of the team welcome the newbies. 
 Everyone is assigned a table when they arrive, with the number stuck on their nametag.  There are eight people at each table, and the alumni are the ones responsible for finding those who are trying to find their tables.  Thus, the waving of the numbers in the air.
 I am not sure why I took so many selfies, but here's another one.  Ha.
 Another privilege of mentorship was to walk out between sessions and to be TOTALLY shocked to see these banners in the foyer of the convention area.
 Seriously.  I was shocked!

 There were several hundred returning JMT members, and each one of us were asked to submit a photo and a quote, however we were not told why we needed to send it.
 I took some pics of a few of the quotes submitted by other members.

 I didn't meet Brian, but thought it was cool that he was a Massey.  Even cooler was that this was his quote, "Where there is no vision, the people will perish.  Prov. 29:18" .  I like that one a lot.
 ANd this guy was one of my favorite dudes at the event.  I actually endeavored to meet him, remembering his very inspiring speech from last year, and would you believe he was the very first person I ran into when I went down to registration.  I  am quite certain that was not a coincidence.  His quote says, "Greatness cannot be locked up!".  True dat!
 To try and give you an idea of the magnitude of the foyer area, here is a long view.
 And then, we all gathered again to listen to the wisdom of 60 years or so of ministry and learning.
 If you follow me on Facebook, you know that these were my two table numbers that day.  I LOVE that they were both 11's.  I was so affirmed of my need to be there that weekend.
 Need a little more inspiration?!

 SO think about it... you are asked to submit one quote... what would it be?!  REALLY... I want to know.  Leave me a message in comments so I can know what resonates with you.  I like, "I live in HIGH FAVOR" too!
 Every time Todd would send me a photo of himself in Wisconsin, I'd reciprocate with one of me in Orlando.  Maybe it's our love language?!  Selfie talk!

 The mentors were invited to come in bright and early Saturday morning to get a behind the scenes view of the set up and strategy behind the event.  Those flags were ironed at 2:30 am when the event coordinator saw that they were wrinkly when she went down at 1:30 am to check the room. They epitomize attention to detail at this event.  One of John Maxwell's five strengths is "maximizer" (as is mine, just sayin!), which basically means he likes things to be excellent.  Par is GREAT!  He likes to take things that are good and make them GREAT!  So. At his event, details are everything!  And I can so appreciate that way of thinking!
Below is our mentorship team, circling the area we would be in for the next three days to pray over and around it.  This was inspired by the book The Circle Maker.

 And then Paul took the stage, and things got HOPPIN'!  He is a barrel of energy.  I hope people think that about me!  It is so inspiring and contagious.
 And this is my buddy, Amy, who was my fellow alumnus at Table 65.  She runs a PBS station in Charlotte, North Carolina and has won SIX Emmys.  So, how bout them apples?!  It was really fun getting to know people who were strangers, but who are now friends, from all over the world.  And particularly because these were like-minded people, there to learn and grow and go out excited and fired up and ready to change the world.
You might think I exaggerate.  But, trust me... there wasn't a person in that room who is now not thinking that transformation is necessary and can only occur one person/ relationship at a time, and it is our/ MY responsibility to get it started!  Can you tell I LOVED the weekend?!

So... what would your one quote be?!  Get in the game!



Amy K said...

You know how much I love quotes!!!

A few of my favorites...

"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips." ~Goldsmith

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations." ~Charles R. Swindoll

"The work of your heart, the work of taking time, to listen, to help, is also your gift to the whole of the world." ~Jack Kornfield

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." ~George Bernard Shaw

Finally, my favorite scripture:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do; and He will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6

Mama J said...

I don’t have to figure out how GOD is going to solve my problems.
I don’t have to understand how He’s going to bring it to pass.
That’s HIS responsibility!

My job is to simply believe that
He will!!!! (I do not know where I read or saw this, but it pretty much sums up how I live.)

melanie, aka Mo said...

I'm with ya on that one. I'm just enjoying the ride!!

melanie, aka Mo said...

Thanks, Amy!! You know I'm a quote ho, myself!

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday, MO! Sounds like an amazing and inspiring weekend!

My phone pics are one part Elly, the other part quotes.

"It takes courage to grow up and become who we really are." -E.E. Cummings

"Whenever you are your authentic self, you fulfill the dream that lives in your soul." -Trudy Vesotsky

"Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know." -Pema Chodron

Kathryn said...

Happy Birthday!

Here is my very favorite quote: Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

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Holly said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Girlie!

This is hard narrowing it down to one quote! I fill notebooks with quotes. I write them down by hand makes them resonate with me more, I probably have 25 notebooks full.

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake. -Francis Bacon Sr.

I guess I'll go with that one for today!

Love Holly & JakeDog

Monica said...

Happy Birthday!

Here is one of my favorite quotes (maybe I can type it correctly this time) "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming - WOW - What a ride! -Mark Frost

melanie, aka Mo said...

Cool! Thx! The last one is my favorite!!

Unknown said...

Loving all the pictures! Can't wait for some classes HERE! I'm IN!
Here's my favorite quote (which happens to my favorite bible verse!)

The Lord will fight for you. You need only BE STILL. Exodus 14:14

melanie, aka Mo said...

Love it!! Thanks.

melanie, aka Mo said...

Oh yeah, baby! TAKE ACTION! Mo

melanie, aka Mo said...

Yesssss!!! Should be on my headstone!

melanie, aka Mo said...

Still? What's that?! I'll have to pray for that adjective!!

Unknown said...

I don't believe that is calling us to be idle. I don't have that trait, myself. I like to think of it as God going before me to fight the battles. He's got everything under control. I like that!!

melanie, aka Mo said...


Bethany said...

Happy Birthday to you, lovely lady!

Here's one of my favorite quotes:

"Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it." ~Wilferd Peterson

melanie, aka Mo said...

In the JM world, that's called The Law of Environment. And I believe it whole-heartedly

Becky said...

One of my favorite ~

we must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us - joseph Campbell

The Man on top of the Mountain Didn't fall there - Vince Lombardi

Mbeaty19 said...

There is no such thing as 'a' favorite quote. Way too many quotes that speak to me in many ways. Do to some recent happenings this one is speaking to me a lot.

'I'm going to succeed because I'm crazy enough to think I can.'

melanie, aka Mo said...

Trust me... I get that!

melanie, aka Mo said...

Love that one by Lombardi!

pam m said...

My quote - must have gotten it from you -

You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine - John C Maxwell

scripture for this time in my life -
For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. Hebrews 10:36

melanie, aka Mo said...

Oh yeah. I love that JM quote!

Shannon said...

"Be nice".
And btw - you have great teeth! ;)

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