The Age of Disruption 2016 Tour is a modern day American Chautaqua movement barnstorming the country in a rock n’ roll tour bus to bring communities a new and highly disruptive understanding of aging. Join Dr. Bill Thomas and crew for a day of education, entertainment and inspiration.
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Richmond, VA - Apr 22, 2016
Our time in Richmond
As part of the Age of Disruption Tour AARP hosts a lunch at each tour stop where Dr. Bill Thomas sits down with local disrupters. Each lunch features a discussion and the themes of disruption vary as much as the locale. We want to share the wisdom that emerged. On each city page you will find a synopsis of the voices at that lunch and have a chance to add your voice to the conversation via the comments section.
In Richmond Dr. Thomas shared how he moving from the ‘Lamb Tale’ phase of his career and to the ‘Tiger’ phase (learn more here). He then shared a parable to help all of us dig into our hearts and find our inner tigers.
There once was a young man who from a very early age wanted nothing more than to be a zen buddhist monk. In fact, it was his ambition to be the greatest monk of all time! Though his parents did not approve when he came of age he left his family and his village and traveled to the monastery to become a novice monk. Very early on he attracted the attention of the master of the monastery because here was the most diligent novice anybody had ever seen. When the master said to sweep the room the novice swept the room with such great care. When it was time to wash the pots and dishes he did so with the same great care. When it was time to meditate no one meditated longer or more devoutly. This concerned the master. One day the novice was mediating in the courtyard of monastery. The master walked over to him reached up and picked off a shard of a broken roof tile. He then came and stood in front of the novice. Of course, the novice wanted to do well and so he watched the master. As the master stood there he took a fold of his robe and began to polish the tile. The novice asked “Master, what are you doing?” The master replied “I am polishing this roof tile and I am going to keep polishing it until it becomes a jewel.” Ever the thoughtful student the novice responded “Master, it doesn’t matter how long you polish that roof tile, it’ll never be a jewel.”
“Oh how right you are” and he said to the master “ it doesn’t matter how hard you work if you are polishing a roof tile, you are here among us not to polish the roof tiles but to find the jewel worthy of being polished”
This is our charge right now as well. Where and what is the jewel that is worthy of being polished? (Use the comment section below to let us know your answer)
photo gallery coming soon