Shamefully, I remember a movie from my teenage years called “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” In a scene from that movie, one of the main characters – “Demone,” shared one of his attitudes on life. He stated: “act like wherever you are, THATS the place to be.” To accentuate his point, at that moment, he happened to be standing next to the restroom in a shopping mall….

My wife is from a small town called Sturgis, Michigan. Being from Dallas, Texas and having lived in the same three square miles my whole life, I thought my wife would naturally think my lifestyle in a metropolitan city would be great. My church, my grade school for our children, my friends…. Why would you want anything else? Isn’t this great?

What I’ve learned is that it’s important to actively invite others to introduce some of their culture into your world. It makes the other person happy and all enjoy a richer experience.

As leaders, we tend to have Demone’s attitude about our own little worlds, which can cause myopia and stagnation in our homes and organizations.

I’m vacationing with my family in Sturgis, Michigan (my wife’s hometown, population 10,000) for the month of July. We’re picking blueberries, visiting an Amish family and swimming in Lake Michigan. If I could read my wife’s mind, she’s probably thinking, “Isn’t this great?” My reply would be “it’s the place to be.” 

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