After reading several blogs on the subject of Catalyst and Rock Stars I couldn’t help but indulge myself in a post as well. No, this is not a “bashing” or “slamming” (who says that word?) post where I talk about all the wrong things in the world. Trust me, we have plenty of time for that later. No, this post is a conversation starter, a chance to voice your opinion and see if others agree or disagree.
Lets get some facts on the table….You would much rather go to a conference to hear Rob Bell or Francis Chan speak than you would to hear Kyle Reed (who is that guy?) speak. This point is obvious. I am in the same boat, I do not spend a whole lot of time on a blog of a no namer than I do on ragamuffin soul. Lets face it, we are enamored by the rock stars.
But don’t you think that we, the consumer, have created this mess? We have continued to elevate rock stars to lead us? I know I have. I get caught up in this idea that everything they say is amazing. I sit there and eat it up wanting more, I elevate them to another stratosphere. Ultimately I then elevate myself to that next stratosphere or at least think I have to be there to do something extraordinary. I think that is why catalyst describes its conference as being a gathering of the “doers”, the “cultural architects”, the “influencers”, the “change agents”, the “bold”, the “excellent”, those who are “passionate about something big”, and the “driven” wanting to “reclaim our communities and culture for good.” You want to be all those things that are described and you truly believe that if you are not those things you are a nobody, a nothing.
I feel so confused as to my response and reaction to all of this. This is why I struggle reading a great book, a book that makes you feel like you and author are best friends, I struggle with this because I want to actually be there friend. This is why when you go to a concert or a speaking event and you become completely mesmerized with what you were just apart of you do not want to leave. You want to go with them, do what they do and be their friend. But in all reality we all have to go back to our lives and learn and listen from afar, I hate that.
Ok, now I am starting to ramble. Sorry
I want to ask everyone these Two questions….
how do you deal with wanting to be something/somebody else?
How do you observe from afar and be okay with that?