Sea Change

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A muse and wander?  Sure, come with me.

I recall hearing this term, “sea change” a long while back in school — a classmate used the term with a very understated but all together impressive and serious tone, talking about some matter of strategic import concerning a business plan.

The details of that conversation has long exited my mind, but the term remains.   Here’s the background, in case you’ve ever wondered (as I did).

Sea-change or seachange, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, means “a change wrought by the sea.”

The term originally appears in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest in a song sung by a supernatural spirit, Ariel, to Ferdinand, a prince of Naples, after Ferdinand’s father’s apparent death by drowning:

“Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change,
Into something rich and strange,
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell,
Ding-dong.

Hark! now I hear them, ding-dong, bell.”

The term sea-change is therefore often used to mean a metamorphosis or alteration.

For example, a literary character may transform over time into a better person after undergoing various trials or tragedies (e.g. “There is a sea change in Scrooge’s personality towards the end of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.”)

As with the term Potemkin village, sea-change has also been used in business culture. In the United States, sea-change is often used as a corporate buzzword. In this context, it need not refer to a substantial or significant transformation, but can indicate a far less impressive change.

I suspect that most often, when this sort of change comes about, we as individuals have little we can do to stop it.  It’s too massive, there’s too much momentum, too much already underway to stop the freight train coming down the tracks.

And in this case,  the old adage posted here before rings true:

BE READY FOR CHANGE — ACCEPT CHANGE — EMBRACE CHANGE.

It is what it is.  Onward.

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With thanks to Wikipedia for the background.

Also thanks to Will Shakespeare for the words.  Now I have to read The Tempest.  🙂

 

 

 

 

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Am I talking about the Barenaked Ladies song, you wonder…?  Nope, no muse on music this time around.

These numbers were a portion of a part number I was looking for last week when I was doing cycle counts.  The tray of parts was suppose to be on one shelf…but someone had put it elsewhere.  Not a big deal.

But it got me thinking, as similar situations have in the past, how important it is to put things back where you find them, back where they belong.  It helps everyone.  It’s the right thing to do.

Whether your seven years old, or 7 times 7, or beyond that, or anywhere in between.

You know that simple maxim, “Pay it forward”?   Put this one in that category.  But most important, put “it” back where you found it.

Oh, and that song?  Well, I should share it, it’s so…GOOD.  HERE.

Build Your House on Rock

I heard a great and simple lesson earlier today, and would like to share it.

If we build our lives on this simple lesson, we will be better, happier individuals.  In fact, I would offer that this lesson is part of the bedrock of our humanity.

And just what is this lesson?  It is the concept and effort and act of forgiveness.  If we want to be the best we can be as individuals, as human beings, we must be able to, and CHOOSE to forgive, when the opportunity arises.

Like the famous passage goes, “…build your house on the rock, and it will be able to withstand the rain and the wind and floods….”.  If your life which is your house is built on bedrock, you will persevere through difficulty and extreme hardship, you will see through to the end.

And this bedrock, this foundation, is based largely on your ability to forgive others.  It is basic, it is fundamental, it is essential.   As another famous passage goes, “…forgive us, as we forgive others….”.  So your house will stand, so you will find happiness and fulfillment and peace in life, to the extent you can learn this simple lesson.

Build your house on forgiveness, and practice it every day.

Do What You Can

When you’ve got a lot going on and the pace picks up, don’t let it get to you.  Resist the temptation to immediately silo-up, close off, push things to the side.  Learning to pick up your pace yourself and continue forward is an important life-skill.

Example?  As you might imagine, my own situation currently has things swirling about at an ever-quickening speed, it seems, and has brought this reminder to light.

Wife out of town, solo dad with three little kids, doctor’s appointment with/for my elderly father, various burning platforms at work, a report due later today, and on and on, faster and faster, and varied and more varied,  it seems indeed.

One of the tricks to coping, still being effective, and moving things forward?  Just that: DOING WHAT YOU CAN TO MOVE THINGS FORWARD.

As Jocko Willink (one of my favorite, frequent references) would say:

Prioritize and Execute.

And that screenshot of my stopwatch?  The brief workout I was able to get done to start the day.  A little later than usual, and shorter, but a little is better than none.

Do what you can, keep going.  Don’t get frazzled, get focused.

 

Walking Prayer

I’ve been walking and praying for the last 25 years, anyway.   

I was brought up in the church, and learned various ways of praying throughout my formative years as a believer.  At some point I started praying when I went for walks.

This practice is probably pretty common, overall.  Walking leads to thinking, thoughts lead to prayers.  

Pretty common.

The father of a good friend of mine passed on last night.  I just found out.

It was expected at some point soon — the elderly gentleman had been under hospice care in recent weeks.  Even though it was expected, that really doesn’t change things.  Coping with the death of a loved one is difficult.

My prayer just now from a short walk-break around the building is this:

For Papa W, may you already be in Heaven, at peace, free of the earthly body that failed you.  No doubt in my mind you are.

For Papa W’s wife, his adult children and their families:   Though you are all people of strong faith, though this was the path you knew you were on, we your friends all pray for you, that God may hold you in the palm of His hand, as you mourn your lose, but also celebrate Papa W’s life.

GOD BLESS.

Amen.

Let It Go

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Not the famous song from the hit musical cartoon movie, Frozen, but rather, a couple quick reminders offered as lessons.  As so often seems the case with this blog, I’m sharing lessons I myself took from recent interactions that provided me helpful insight.

“Let it go” when it comes to  pushing yourself beyond reasonable measure.  You need balance and pace to sustain effort.  You can’t do everything at once.

“Let it go” when you take something someone says too personally.  Don’t get bent out of shape.

“Let it go” when you find yourself nit-picking on unimportant details or mistakes you’ve heard someone utter.  We ALL do that from time to time.

Bottom line? Let go of those things that hold you back, or keep you down. Focus on the positive, focus on progress.

Let it go.

GOOD.

Resist, Insist, Persist

In the day-to-day activities that amount to living, there is a certain amount of interaction required with “The Man.”  “The Man” is a euphemism for any organization, faceless entity, or otherwise that attempts to wield authority over our affairs, our decisions, our lives.

It’s important to remember these three central ideas when dealing with The Man:

RESIST the temptation to fold or otherwise immediately / automatically give in to what ever The Man demands.  Your opinion, your position on the matter, whatever it is, counts too, and you should be heard.

INSIST on being heard, insist on due process, insist on professionalism.

PERSIST in your effort to make your case.  The road is long sometimes to find fairness.   Take your time. Be thoughtful. Be consistent. Be professional.

The results you achieve may surprise you.