Yesterday was an opportunity to reflect on a few things. Number one was, needless to say, that there are so many clever people out there, and so many of them who have made a difference to the lives of others. The next was that there are many people who are prepared to celebrate the achievements of these folk, and, hopefully, be inspired to take on something themselves. The third was to reinforce the maxim of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” – there are a few people who have the appearance of not being entirely engaged with reality, but, once they get going on what they are passionate about, they transform into amazing human beings.

The last is that being there wins hands down over watching or hearing about something – experiencing is the best teacher. We’ll get to watch the videos of the TEDxUbud talks, but seeing them happen was wonderful. The music at the end was a brilliant way to end. Gifted musicians who are also able to engage with their audience are beyond compare.

Many of the audience members were just as amazing as the speakers. We didn’t get to mingle as much as we would have wanted, but almost everyone we spoke with was doing, or had done, something wonderful. We will have to lift our game.


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