I first attended the NWC in 1998 and have attended ever year since. They have been amazing, life altering events. I have met friends and always meet new amazing people that I continue to talk with and interact with all year long and enjoy getting to see each year at the conference. I originally attended while earning my PhD and went the first 3 years to the conference as a Work-Study participant. This was a great experience because I had to work as a presider and I got an opportunity to meet many of the presenters on a level I never could have if I was only a participant. It also gave me good experience and exposure to so much in the field. Since then I have attended and presented each year. My presentations always help me learn and crystallize my thinking about the findings from my articles and studies as it relates to the years topical focus (to learn about what I am presenting this year: Serendipitous Wellness: Can We Cause it to Happen? and Prevention Can Never Create Wellness: Here is What Does! see this post). This year it is, “Learn, Connect and Celebrate Wellness” a perfect way to describe the experience. I at first thought my experience was a fluke because it was so amazing – I have since learned it is a “once in a lifetime experience” that happens every year. I am glad I have had these opportunities.
The week of the conference was and has been so amazing to me that I have now dedicated my career to making the world like the week I spend at the NWC. During that week all people are polite, giving and forgiving, curious, intellectual, fun, adventurous and are operating at what can only be termed a high level of wellness. It is amazing because it seems everybody is practicing what I now call “paneugenesis” (see previous posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here to learn about paneugenesis) Paneugenesis literally means creating all good, Pan- = all, eu- = good, -genesis = creating and describes what I believe happens each week at the NWC. During this week everyone is looking to generate comprehensive benefits by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits. My career goal is to make this a more regular experience by everyone, everywhere. After all, if it is – everyone & everything benefits – why wouldn’t we do this?
I started to write this post last year after the National Wellness Conference (NWC), but never posted it. I am now posting it as I look forward to attending this years conference starting June 15th, I hope you will join me for an exciting, education and life enhancing experience.
Last year many of us who had been coming regularly were concerned when the location changed from Stevens Point Wisconsin to Minneapolis MN. We were concerned it would lose its amazing feel. Fortunately, we were wrong, the conference was great, I think even better because while keeping its wellness feel, it was more professional. We learned it is not about the location but about the people and the intent of the conference. Once again, at last years conference in Minnesota at the 39th NWC, this year is the 40th, I learned so much and it helped me in my desire that most at the NWC share – to develop and become better versions of ourselves so we can have a positive affect on the world. I look forward to seeing you at this years conference (see previous post here)
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I look forward to seeing you there or wherever. Make it a great day, week, year, life.