The Media Hub was a little home away from home during the RootsTech conference. I was able to sit and write, collect my thoughts from the previous classes, charge my devices, and participate in interviews. It was a busy place. After one class I loved walking over to find this scene: people stopping and watching one of the interviews happening in the booth. You can watch a few interviews Carol Rice did here and Bernice Bennett has her interviews here.
One unexpected experience was the sofa chats. One of the presenters would come and sit on one of the comfortable chairs provided and designated groups would go and visit, ask questions, etc. I wasn't in the hub for many of these chats as they often were happening during classes, but one afternoon I was sitting and visiting with Rhonna when Al Fox Carraway, her darling husband and daughter walked in. People flocked to be by her, to hold her baby; like a moth to the light.
Because Rhonna and Al are good friends she went and sat by Rhonna and an impromptu sofa chat began. It was interesting to hear her talk about her life and the journey she has taken. It was beautiful to hear her humility. She is truly a beautiful person. It was so lovely to hear her talk about how she had done poorly in her public speaking/writing classes and now here she is speaking weekly, inspiring millions. She was so in awe of the idea of speaking on the same stage as apostles of the Lord, Jesus Christ. I developed a greater appreciation and admiration for this lovely woman.
Another truly amazing and absolutely humble person is Melanie Day, the owner of Sugardoodle.net. Over the last year we have collaborated on a few projects and developed a cherished friendship. She is a tremendously radiant, fascinating, and inspiring person. No one flocked as she walked into the room and that is exactly how she prefers it. She works and has worked tirelessly to create an amazing online resource that blesses the lives of millions of people.
At one point I was able to introduce her to a few of my friends and I loved this reaction of awe and praising. Melanie was so embarrassed and kind about the undesired attention. I am so blessed to have her as a friend.
Another friend who worked tireless behind the scenes of RootsTech was Wendy Smedley, pictured here with 3 of her 5 sons. We meet many years ago, first online through scrapbooking and later learning that we lived 2 minutes from one another. She is creative, kind, unassuming yet bold, filled with wisdom and insight. I owe my amazing RootsTech experience to her. Thank you Wendy!
I have never posed for so many photos, but meeting new people and documenting the process was part of the fun of RootsTech. The lovely Tamu Smith from Sistas in Zion, is on my left. She is gracious, lovely, funny, and absolutely genuine. Can you see why after a few days of associating with strong vibrant people that I began to doubt why I was asked to participate? However the things I learned far out weighed my self doubt.
I was gently reminded once again:
1. That people matter. Every person matters to God, but also to the people with whom you associate. Your sphere of influence is greater than you know.
2. It's important to stop and make time for the individual. As I sat back and watched these famous people it was interesting to see how they interacted with "every day people" and those that recognized the value in each person had profound effects on those around them.
3. Beware of pride. I was reminded of this again not only those that I watched, but especially within myself.
4. God is aware of each of us. We all need to know this and NOT FORGET! Always remember that it doesn't matter to God if you are the Prince of Egypt or an imprisoned slave, He loves you! He loves you and He knows you!
You can find more about my RootsTech series:
RootsTech 2015 part 4 (you are here)