semper gumby

Every once in a blue moon, things run as planned.  You hit all the cues, the lights go down when they’re supposed to and the music is not too loud.  Your presenters are all insightful and the food is fabulous – not cheap mind you, but good groceries.   All the minute details come together at the prescribed times and even the weather cooperates – yes even the weather.  Much like the written word where Spanish Playwright and Philosopher Enrique Jardiel Poncela once said, “When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into it’s writing,” so too must great effort go into well planned meetings of your making.
Careful planning first comes with knowing your environment.  By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.  That takes time, talent, discipline and the relentless pursuit of attention to details.  If things are rolling like they are supposed to be, even when things are going horribly wrong according to your standards – your guests are oblivious.  The preverbal duck gliding on top of the glassy pond – on top graceful and beautifly effortless, while underneath all elbows and…well you get the picture.
In the world of political advance we used to call it, “getting rolled.”  No one liked it nor planned for it, but if something came down the pike that causes you to make an adjustment – you roll with it.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith any luck you owned it and make it flow for you.  Not unlike what you do everyday that makes you successful, you are able to maneuver the daily land mines that were not evident when the day started.  Such is the life of the working man & woman.  The well known motto of the United States Marine Corps is  Semper Fidelis, Latin for Always Faithful.   The unofficial motto is one we have adopted around here, that is simply and appropriately, “Semper Gumby,” or Always Flexible.
We have to be ready to accept what comes that is unplanned and deliver despite adversity.  It’s what makes us uniquely qualified to be successful in our own environment and cultivates us to realize success even when thrust into unfamiliar territory.  The novelist J.R.R. Tolkien may have put it best, “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”   Make a sound plan to slay those dragons and you’ll have no problem with a few horned toads that crash your party.

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