If you ask him today, he’s still not sure where he was going. But it was an exhilarating, heady walk home, to be sure. There was the very real sense that numbers and the formulaic core of high-level accounting had proven just as pliable as both time and space. And in this momentary leave of distraction, there was real life, clarity and a connection to all things.
Of course, this glimpse at clarity would be brief. It wouldn’t take long for New Yorkers and the world to sober and find a way to move on. But again, that’s ‘moving on’ if you’re measuring life in regular time and regular space. Anyone who really saw this moment was likely changed by it.
David Kahl saw it. I saw it in that profound silence in Amsterdam. And maybe you saw it too. Sometimes we find ourselves strapped to an unthinkable tragedy. Whether or not we think we deserve the ride it takes us on, is not the issue. It’s what you make of the journey. That’s the only thing that matters.
We are a furniture company, that much is obvious. Here on earth, we sell desks and chairs. So why are we talking about 9/11? September, for starters. It is a time for remembrance, and to mourn. Also, to recall the intentional spirit in which this company was founded. To chase down the long game, if need be, to reveal the authentic connections to be had in this life. While these may be high-minded, somewhat nebulous concepts, we are after their very real, very practical grounding- to root us in ourselves, with each other and in our work.