This week I had the privilege to have Eliud Kipchoge, the fastest marathon runner in the world, in my home. I also had 1,000 of my colleagues in my home as well. Last week I had people from Ireland, Hong Kong, and Germany in my home and the week before that I had people from almost every state in the United States of America, and the week before that I had people from Latin America. Basically, I have had people from diverse cultures, countries, and continents in my home and I have had the privilege of being in theirs.
Since COVID caused the world to go online, I have benefited from the opportunity to have people in my home that feasibly I could have never had in my home. People from all walks of life and all levels of leadership. I have met children and spouses who I never would have had the opportunity to meet. I have seen mothering and fathering in action as children, ever the unpredictable variable in the online equation, pop into frame or yell from the other room.
I have been edified and fed by diversity of decoration as I get to peer through the window of my camera into the area of the home the person, with who I am meeting, chooses to show. The decorations sometimes lead to a conversation where I get to learn a little more about the person’s life and legacy. I get to learn their stories and see a little of life through their eyes.
Being invited into another person’s home is an honor and privilege because it is the one place where the whole person lives. Every aspect of a person’s life is in their home and when I have had the benefit of being in a person’s home, I am grateful because I get to see outside of the professional into the personal which ultimately adds to deeper more meaningful relationship.
I hope that we continue to meet with people online in their home. Some people have said that meeting online is sterile and impersonal, but that has not been my experience. I have found the online meeting to be rich and personal. I have found that online meetings enhance and accelerate in-person meetings. I have found that online meetings increase and improve understanding the individual.
To those who I have met online in your home, thank you! Thank you for sharing with me a view of your personal world. Thank you for giving me a chance to see you and thank you for allowing me to be seen.