Nothing could get me more in the mood to watch the opening ceremony of the winter olympics than the two-to-three-feet of snow that remain in my yard.
I love the winter olympics. I have been eagerly anticipating this olympics because it takes place in a city and a country I like very much, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Reflecting on the opening ceremony, I am happy for my many Canadian friends that the hard work and excellent planning of so many of their countrymen paid off so well. The opening ceremony was riveting. The Canadians made it look as easy as 1 2 3 4.
Despite the accidental death of Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, the show went on. Olympic officials handled the tragedy with grace and sensitivity.
Olympic opening ceremonies seem to have become weirder and weirder over the years, but not so with this one. It was beautiful and moving and gave a wonderfully educational tribute to the host country. It was especially meaningful to me, for the first “foreign” country I visited on business as a communication practitioner was Canada, many, many decades ago. I have been to all parts of this beautiful country, and I am blessed with very many friends all across Canada.
The beautiful red and white of Canada’s maple leaf flag is always exciting to see. I have a huge Canadian flag that was given to me by a long-time friend from Toronto. It is one of the most striking of all country symbols. But in the end, it is my many Canadian friends that I treasure most.
I have the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) to thank for this. It was an IABC board meeting and international conference that took me to Canada on my first trip outside the U.S. so long ago. I loved it. I have been back more times than I can count, mostly on IABC business. And now I look forward to IABC’s World Conference which is being held in Toronto in June 2010. It will be good to be back. The Toronto chapter of IABC is the association’s largest. The chapter will doubtless host an excellent conference.