A couple of years ago I was in downtown Monterey when I saw an interesting dude lumbering toward me from the opposite direction. I recognized his familiar droopy left eye - but he didn't seem to recognize me. And then the proverbial bolt of illumination flashed into my head - the man approaching was none other than Forest Whitaker who had recently won the oscar for his stunning performance in The Last King of Scotland & I realized he must have been in town for the Ted conference. He was alone & looked as if he was in the midst of some serious pondering & internal pontificating. But in the short five seconds I had before this cosmically aligned once in a life-time intersection between Forest & I occurred my creativity seized up & petrified so rapidly one sole word of sheer genius was left on my palette. About ten feet before we crossed paths I smiled with nonchalant aplomb & stared Forest directly in the eyes. At five feet I offered him a quick upward thrust of my chin & brilliantly muttered, "Hey" (These awkward sidewalk interactions must happen to him with incessant regularity). Nonetheless,Forest in turn mimicked my exact upward chin thrust & repeated verbatim the same, "Hey," as he continued to lumber on past me to sheer greatness. I've been watching Ted vids for a few years now & always am learning something new, beautiful, mesmerizing, & profound . . . Enjoy both of these: So Ted.com is one of my favorite sites . . . If you are not already in the know Ted is a conference of sorts that brings in the world's greatest thinkers & practitioners & 'accomplish the impossible' people. They are given 20 minutes to give the talk of their lives in order to spread wildly important ideas . . . This is a quick little video of a dude who's body moves like liquid. Enjoy & ask yourself about the limitless possibilities of the human capacity for all kinds of ingenuity. And then go and dance. This next video is longer & starts off slow - but is rather beautiful & inspirational in what a simple dream can accomplish when people put their creativity to use . . . Churches who follow in the way of Jesus should be joining these types of efforts.