the only way out is through – week 10

A list for the week:

  • Expanding and Contracting sort of feels like a manic-depressive episode to me….we get on fire about something – move forward and contract – then expand all over again and the chaos begins….I know (or at least trust my teacher and mentors) it is necessary. I know (or trust) it works. I think we are still learning how to do it, so it will probably become comfortable and less like going from a raging party to a quiet coffee bar and then back to the party again eventually (maybe?)….
  • I missed the music composition comparison class due to a sick child. I hated to miss it, but I needed to be elsewhere. I hate it when little people are sick. They can’t tell you their tummy hurts. Snuggling makes it better.
  • My team was able to meet with me via web conferencing. I think it went really well as a first try. We are still honing in on our core. We are closer, but not complete. We are better off today than we were Thursday. And Thursday we were better off than Tuesday, etc. Wednesday night therapy was really helpful. We pulled back and re-focused on our people and problem space rather than being all over the place as we were before.
  • My son turned six months old. He is long and skinny and extremely adorable. He also enjoys playing the push button xylophone. He is getting his fourth tooth, and also needs snuggling at various points in time. I suppose I would too if I had teeth pressing their way through my gum.
  • As a facilitator, I am finding it interesting learning more about what each of our team members needs in order to feel like we are on track or that they understand what our next steps are or what we should do. I don’t mean that I am setting those things at all, but I am always the kind of person that wants to make sure we are on the same page. (My in depth Meyers-Briggs Analysis says that I lead through a mothering/emotional core.) We want to make sure everyone can contribute what they do best to the project because it will make the design the best it can be. How can we each serve the design? How can we do the best that we can with the resources we have available?

Out is Through – Alanis Morrisette

“Every time I’m confused
I think there must be easier ways
Every time our horns are locked on towel throwing
Every time we’re at a loss, we’ve bolted from difficulty
Anytime we’re in stalemate, a final bowing

My tendency to want to hide away feels easier and
The immediacy is picturing another place comforting to go

The only way out is through
The faster we’re in the better
The only way out is through ultimately”

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