|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:
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.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?
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?
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