Lotusphere 2008: I hope you had the time of your life

I’m getting over some kind of bug. Don’t stand too close…

So it ends… Another exciting Lotusphere 2008! This marks the beginning for many relationships started there. It also marks the growth of a seeds planted by Lotus in 2007. The plants that are now growing will get bigger and bigger. The roots will go deeper and deeper. We, as the gardeners, must continue to do what we can to make this garden strong and bear fruit.

It saddens me that I was not with my friends, but they kept me (and everyone) ‘in the loop’ on what was happening. Thanks go to the bloggers too numerous to count for giving us their take on things (and for some great commercials… I’m Ed Brill). Special thanks go to Planet Lotus (Yancy Lent), LotusphereLive (Chris Miller and Carl Tyler), IdoNotes (Chris Miller again), Twitter, and Flickr. They gave us the sights and sounds of Lotusphere 2008. Don’t forget to upload your photos and tag them ‘Lotusphere2008’. Last year on Flickr, there were 2794 photos tagged ‘Lotusphere2007’. Let’s see if you can beat that!

I hope that the bloggers get together at the end of the Closing Session (like last year) and take a couple of pictures. Maybe someone can video everyone saying, “Hi! I’m Ed Brill!” or something. I have a photo of my friends in the hallway after the Closing Session walking away… all heading back to their own homes, families and lives. When I see that photo, I think of this song by Green Day:

Another turning point;
a fork stuck in the road.

Time grabs you by the wrist;
directs you where to go.

So make the best of this test
and don’t ask why.

It’s not a question
but a lesson learned in time.

It’s something unpredictable
but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

So take the photographs
and still frames in your mind.

Hang it on a shelf
In good health and good time.

Tattoos of memories
and dead skin on trial.

For what it’s worth,
it was worth all the while.

It’s something unpredictable
but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

I hope that YOU ALL had THE TIMES OF YOUR LIFE! I will see you next year!