07 Mar If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else” – Yogi Berra
I love baseball, but I hate the New York Yankees. I am of the opinion that unless you are from the “city that never sleeps”, a true baseball fan would never like the Yankees. I am one of those, as the Yanks have hurt my team many times over the last 100 years.
However, there were Yankee players I have respected and followed. One of those was the great catcher Yogi Berra. For Yogi, it was more about his words than his play. He is credited with many statements that makes one think. The one I opened this article with is a prime example of his wisdom. When I read Yogi’s statement recently, it reminded me of a quote from author Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, please see picture above (1872).
Both Yogi and Lewis are speaking words that we, here at Mount Sequoyah, need to hear. Without a clear direction, we just might end up someplace else. A place that might not be best for this organization or community.
Mount Sequoyah recently became an independent organization. For 94 years, we existed to serve the good folks of the United Methodist Church. Today, we have a much broader vision and seek to be a vital resource here in northwest Arkansas. As a staff and Board, we are trying to understand what that means. In 2022 we will be celebrating 100 years of existence. What will we be, and who will we serve in that year and beyond? We want and need to develop a vibrant picture of what we want to do/be, so we can map out a plan to get there.
To help us, we recently signed on with The Velocity Group (http://dnaofplace.com/). They have experience helping towns and organizations answer this question. We are excited to be working with them and will keep you informed as we proceed in our work.
The process can include you. We are interested in hearing your thoughts: where do you see Mount Sequoyah going in the next 5, 10, 20 years? Who should we be serving? How can this place have a positive effect on this area? Please feel free to share your thoughts with me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I deeply believe that Mount Sequoyah has a bright future. We, as an organization, are truly at a fork in the road. As our friend Yogi Berra would say, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it”. We want to take the right fork. Thanks for your help and commitment to the future of Mount Sequoyah.