Posted by: malstott | February 16, 2010

Turn, Turn, Turn

Turn, turn, turn….
(rewritten from my Oracle ERP newsletter written in the spring; applies to today’s situation as well!)

I like to ski. I’m an intermediate skier. I can handle steep stuff. I can handle moguls. Steep and moguls…not so good! In order to improve I’ve been skiing with a friend who is better than me. She insisted that the snow was soft so KT-22 at Squaw wouldn’t be so bad. It was awful. The hard part about a steep, bumpy run is that I feel out of control. I can’t see stuff coming with enough time to think it through. So I freeze and end up zig-zagging from one side of the run to the other. It takes a lot longer to get down when you do that! The way to do it is to grit your teeth and turn, turn, turn. React to what you see. Stay loose. If you fall, get back up and just keep going. Um, yeah. Not so easy.

Sun is now on a steep, fast, mogul-filled slope. Stuff is coming up fast. We can’t see what is around the next bump. The guy in front just wiped out and we need to avoid him. There are crunchy, icy patches and we heard rumors that they might close the whole darn mountain soon. We plan and we prepare. Then we react to reality as it hits. We turn, turn, turn and focus on the work at hand. It is unnerving but it is thrilling.  I know that it is difficult right now to stay focused on the tasks at hand. It is easy to get distracted by the events around us. We need to remind each other that the most efficient path to successful synergy is to keep attacking the work right in front of us. The bumps are getting a little higher now but Sun is a gold medal group! We will meet at the bottom for a nice hot drink by the fire.

Don’t wish me happiness – I don’t expect to be happy…it’s gotten beyond that somehow.  Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor – I will need them all.
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh  Author, pilot, mother, wife of Charles


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