New Thought Editorials > Setting our Sails for Norfolk


Spring 2002

Setting our Sails for Norfolk

Arriving in Norfolk for the Executive Board meeting in January, I wasn’t sure what to expect, because I really didn’t know anything about the area. Our taxi driver quickly ascertained our ignorance and remedied it on the drive from the airport to the hotel. He was full of enthusiasm for the planners who had worked to renew downtown Norfolk, making it an attractive city for tourists and conventions, with wonderful hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, ships and museums to visit, and a baseball stadium. There is even a free bus to get one around downtown easily.

He didn’t overpromise a bit. The Clarion Hotel James Madison proved to be a handsome yet comfortable bit of history, with an elegant lobby that will be perfect as a center of operations for INTA. Across the street is MacArthur Mall, where Reverend Arthur Chang, the Board’s architectural guru, pointed out to us the lavish detailing of a building that is a shopper’s paradise. Down the street at the docks, next to a naval museum, the battleship Wisconsin is berthed, available for tours, as is a romantic old tugboat. During these times of challenge to our nation, it is good to become aware of the proud, strong history of our military forces, and the General Douglas MacArthur memorial helps to reinforce this. The food in the hotel restaurant is delicious, as is the variety available in the food court at the mall; and an easy block away is a delightful restaurant made from an old church building (we enjoyed eating our steak and salmon in the choir loft). Another easy block away, for those who subscribe to the "if it ain’t eggs, it ain’t breakfast" theory, is Harry’s fast food emporium (try the grilled apples). There’s a small grocery store a few doors down from the hotel. People, especially at the hotel, were friendly and helpful. By the time we left, we were looking forward eagerly to returning in July for the Congress.

Another architectural delight was Unity Church of Tidewater in nearby Virginia Beach. Its minister, Reverend Joyce Kramer, is chairperson of the Congress this year, and members of her congregation, along with volunteers from other nearby New Thought churches, showed that they were raring to go by turning out and celebrating at a rally held at the church. Things are never dull when live wires from the Capital District show up!

There are three gentle morals here. First, it really pays to withhold judgment about a situation when one doesn’t have the facts, keeping oneself open to the possibility that things could turn out to be great. Second, it really pays to be enthusiastic about what you perceive to be your work and your territory, because enthusiasm is catching. And third, the time-honored New Thought principle of visualizing is one of the greatest powers we all possess. Whether it is the rebirth of your downtown area, the building of your church, or plans for the next Congress, keep picturing what you want, adding details as you think of them. You can start right now by picturing yourself in Norfolk next July, boosting INTA by attending the annual Congress and having a wonderful time.