Sitting down by the highway
Looking down the road
Waiting for a ride
I don’t know where I’ve been
Wishing I could fly away
Don’t know where I’m going
Wishing I could hide
Oh God this is some shape I’m in
When the only thing that makes me cry
Is the kindness in my baby’s eye
- Jackson Browne, ‘Sleeps Dark and Silent Gate’
Uncertainty can test your confidence, beg you to withdraw, avoid, and run away. While confidence may ebb and flow, there is comfort in being able to retreat to the inner strengths that define your character. Believe in the good and it will make you strong.
I’m gonna find myself a girl
Who can show me what laughter means
And we’ll fill in the missing colors
In each other’s paint-by-number dreams
- Jackson Browne, The Pretender
These are some of my favorite lyrics… not just because of the impassioned feelings they evoke but also because I see them as a metaphor for the essence of teamwork. Very seldom do we achieve anything great on our own as most human achievement happens through the collaboration of many. We build upon the work of others; we make contributions; or we facilitate the creative process. Working together, we fill in the missing colors of each other’s paint-by-number dreams. And, underlying it all, are bonds of teamwork based upon love and commitment to a common purpose that is buoyed by our sense of creative freedom and joy of laughter.
Whenever executing a project or in living life, you should always be mindful of the risks. The unexpected may be lurking behind the next corner ready to pounce. Expecting the unexpected is the essence of a risk mitigation strategy but can be difficult to grasp or easy to ignore. Without it, you may be toast. However, if you are on your guard, you can react quickly, with confidence, and proceed to a place of safety.