Rethinking Our Sacred Cows

We all have our sacred cows. You know, the way we've always done things. And the truth is, it often takes a lot to get us to try something new. We have our tried and true and, especially when we're stressed, we tend to fall back on what we know. It's not unlike cooking. Like many others, when I'm busy or rushed, it's the favourite recipes that I reach for. Yet, if we want to go in a different direction, relying on our old recipes is like only paddling on one side of the canoe. Not only will we have difficulty getting to a new place, we will be traveling in circles. It is true, as Alberta Einstein once said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them".

Ultimately I think that's why I'm so excited about the upcoming National Recreation Summit. Even before we arrive we're reading thought-provoking papers that are suggesting new ways of thinking and doing. As such, they are a reminder of how critical it is for each of us to remain open and receptive to doing things differently. And, once we arrive in the beautiful Lake Louise, we will hear from a variety of experts, and push our thinking by connecting to thought leaders from across the country. More than anything, we'll have the luxury of time for rich and courageous conversations about the power and possibilities of recreation and parks. After all, if we're serious about wanting different results in our lives, organizations, and communities, we're going to have to apply new strategies and new ways of determining our priorities.

There has never been a better time for our field and the potential role recreation, sports, parks, arts, culture, and active living can play in developing healthy individuals, vibrant communities, and a strong economy and environment. I can't wait to get started.
Brenda Herchmer
Director, ACE Communities
Alberta Recreation and Parks Association
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