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  • There are so many tensions involved in any creative activity
    so when there is a catastrophe you never indicate that you think
    the end of the world has come. You examine it and say, "Well,
    this is a fine new catastrophe. Now, what else is important today?”

    Goeran Gentele

    Military folks know what F-U-B-A-R stands for.

    The polite version might be something like:”A total upside down catastrophic mess.”

    I had a FUBAR day. Stuff happened that I didn’t need, didn’t want, and at first did not know quite how to handle.

    When I came to my senses, I remembered one of my Prime Directives which is to always find the blessings hidden in the chaos, when everything seems to go wrong.

    So I took some deep, cleansing breaths, and forced myself to find both blessings and opportunities in the upheaval.

    I suppose this is a kind of prayer. It means that I do my best to move into Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, resist the impulse to become hysterical, refuse to look for someone to blame things on, and graciously accept what MIT Management Wizard Peter Senge calls “Current Realty.”

    As I stepped back, and allowed myself to become a Witness to the situation, rather than a Participant, things became clear very fast, and a plan emerged, which was absolutely perfect to not only deal immediately with the problem, but also to take full advantage of the blessings and opportunities that it offered.

    I was able to quickly get control of the situation, formulate a strategy, and make plans to implement it.

    No more FUBAR. Instead, a complete turnaround, with enormous benefits for all parties.

    Love it when that happens!

    (Photograph by Alex in the 3D virtual world of Second Life)
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