“What are you excited about?”
I love the question. In my practice of Appreciative Inquiry, we say it's the question that starts the change process. A powerfully affirmative question inspires us to share stories about the successes and strengths I already know about and can celebrate. Moreover, the question leads me to focus on what I want more of.
It is no effort to list what I am excited about.
I am excited that the conversation is widening and we are becoming more conscious of what is importance to us and what we value – more people becoming engaged and more voices are being heard.
I am excited that we are changing policies and introducing reforms to bring greater equity and justice into the world, especially in the financial sector.
I am excited we are taking actions , globally, around all the factors pertaining to ecological sustainability – energy, transportation, earth.
I am excited when I hear leadership speak from the heart, ethically, and listens loudly.
I am excited that social media is increasing our participation and collaboration across the world and is a force of natural democratization in the world.
I am excited our global conversation is widening because more people are standing up and expressing what's important to not only them but what's important for the longevity of all human kind – the sick, children and elderly who are most vulnerable in our world.
I am excited the natural and human-made unrest and chaos are showing us we how inter-connected we are and we cannot not think systemically.
I am excited that Americans continue to pay attention that there is a world outside the US and it's a beautiful world to be celebrated and shared.
I am excited that we are learning more about good health and there is conversation and action about eating natural, unprocessed, wholesome food with less sugar and less salt.
I am excited that there is continued conversation about the inhumanity of cruelty to animals.
I am excited that as a human species, we are evolving rapidly and exponentially to live our lives with heightened and enlightened levels of consciousness.
I am excited we are thinking holistically, and seeing the world through multiple lenses, and listening to the myriad of diverse stories, and integrating the physical with the virtual
I am excited to be alive in 2011 and have this opportunity to tell my story.
What excites you? I am excited to know if you, too, are moved to answer this question: “What are you excited about?”