She spoke to us about Kouzes & Posner's Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. I have learned about these five things (model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, & encourage the heart) in ELM, Adam's Academy, UIFI, Futures Quest, and a few other leadership workshops. Erika brought a fresh perspective to this theory, and connected each idea to a few songs. She was all about having us decide what each step in this leadership process looked for each of us, and having us own it. I loved it.
At the end of the workshop, she said one of my favorite things I've ever heard. It's simple, too the point, and embodies how I want to live my life:
"You can't blow bubbles when you are mad."
But, you can't blow bubbles when you are mad. You simply can't. In order to create those fun, joyous, and peaceful little balls of soap, you need to stop, take a deep breath, and slowly exhale. We tried it in our workshop and it totally works. I think I'm going to start carrying a little pack of bubbles with me everywhere I go, especially if I'm going to go to a difficult meeting. People just can't be mad if bubbles are involved.
Maybe if we all just "got up every morning with a smile on [our faces] and show[ed] the world the love in [our] heart[s]," by blowing bubbles and spreading joy, our world would look a little different.
Because, come on, everybody is happier when bubbles are involved.