Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rustling Laughter

Cattle Rustling Reaches Record Levels

Presentation Zen blogger, Garr Reynolds, ends an engaging blog entry entitled Be like the Bamboo on the lessons we can learn from bamboo with these words:
It is said that bamboo has a strong association with laughter, perhaps because of the sound that the bamboo leaves make on a windy day. If you use your imagination I guess it does sound a bit like the forest laughing; it is a soothing sound. . .You do not need to be perfect. You need only to be resilient. This is the greatest lesson from the bamboo.
As I started to type a title for this blog entry, my mind blipped "Rustling laughter." I started to erase it and then realized that the idea of resilience in the face of adversity, the playfulness with which we greet each day is powerful. I'm struck by the concept of bamboo on a windy day, rustling to make a sound like laughter...and the concept of "rustling," like stealing cattle in Texas, laughter from day to day situations.

It's a fun idea to play with...that from each day, we "rustle laughter," an "illegal" activity at a time when humor is in short supply, and seriousness is all we are allowed to muster. Yet finding humor in the toughest situations is what makes us human.
The passion of spring has been replaced with despair, fear of job loss, and on the part of administrators, a slaphappy resignation to what could have been worse, a possible $9-billion loss. 
Source: San Antonio teachers, administrators watch the budget axe fall 
In the face of such dire news, the lessons Garr shares in Be like the Bamboo are life-lessons, lessons that take a lifetime to put into practice. How do we get there sooner?
There’s nothing like true play to promote social cohesion at work. When people play, they become attuned to each other. The more powerful players handicap themselves to keep the game going instead of dominating and controlling it. Groups pull together in pursuit of a common goal, which is why the “team” approach is often utilized in business. 
Source: Stuart Brown as cited in The Importance of Play in Business
Garr points out you don't have to be perfect. Admitting that seems wrong somehow...not perfect? Aren't we supposed to strive for perfection? But when the common goal involves being less than perfect, is that ok? It might be fun to our unique approaches to questing for perfection, each person pursuing it in their own way but "synergetically" helping the group achieve perfection. Hmm...too deep, or perhaps, too shallow, a thought for a hot evening. 

Have you rustled some laughter today?

Cattle in a Bamboo Grove - http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2612/4204333011_e72db546f4.jpg


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1 comment:

Brian Pistone said...

I asked my students to anonymously evaluate me today and some mentioned that they felt pressured (either by strict deadlines or guidelines) and that made the course less fun. I am trying to evaluate if striving for perfection and professionalism puts too much pressure on students. The overall results of the group have been excellent, but there are a few students who are not having fun. I am going to dig a little deeper with more anonymous questions that might help clarify the problem.

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