One of my favorite songs about New Orleans is “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?”, by Louis Armstrong.
Upon my return from the SHRM Annual Conference (#SHRM17), this song has taken on a whole new meaning.
I miss New Orleans. I miss Baton Rouge. I miss My Tribe and all the amazing people of #SHRM17.
So what does it mean to miss New Orleans?
It means making the effort to not let a few rainy days in New Orleans be the only time we spend with the people we met. It means following through on all the things that inspired us in the sessions we attended.
It’s important to miss New Orleans.
Missing New Orleans creates a desire to return to a time and place, and a desire to recreate it in as many ways as possible throughout the year.
It means consistently connecting with the people you met, and sharing what you learned. There is plenty of knowledge to go around. It’s important, and dare I say it’s our responsibility, to share the information, and the relationships we have built.
Most of all, missing New Orleans means appreciating the time we had. Not everyone gets to go to the SHRM Annual Conference, and not everyone has the same opportunity to have the same extraordinary experience that I, and most the people I know, have shared over the years.
I hope you’ll join me in making the most of our shared experience at #SHRM17 so that when the moment comes and you are asked, you can say without a doubt that YES, you know what it means to miss New Orleans.
“Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans,
And miss it each night and day,
I know I’m not wrong this feeling’s gettin’ stronger,
The longer, I stay away” – Louis Armstrong