You and your committee are keeping quite busy You have called the best caterer

You and your committee are keeping quite busy you

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You and your committee are keeping quite busy! You have called the best caterer in town and have put together an amazing menu for the big day. Your second in command has called a fancy cake-decorating place and has put in an order for a three-layer cake with a custom design on the top. You have called or e-mailed a collection of your friend’s family members, co-workers, and close friends and have invited them to arrive at 5 o’clock. Another member of your committee has made a deposit for a Ferris wheel! You really were not kidding when you said that it was your mission to throw the biggest and best birthday party the world has ever seen! However, on the day of the actual party—your best friend’s birthday—things start to go horribly wrong. Either you or the caterer has made a big mistake. You seem to remember telling them over the phone about your friend’s food allergy, but when the food arrives it becomes very clear that your friend won’t be able to enjoy the expensive catering. When the cake arrives, you are horrified to see that the custom design on the top of the cake isn’t quite what you were expecting; your friend’s name is spelled incorrectly! Some of the guests arrive way too early because they were given the wrong time! The mobile Ferris wheel arrives but the workers who begin to set it up are having trouble with some of their
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gear. You think—this party isn’t much of a party and this party planning committee isn’t much of anything either. What a mess! You allow yourself to worry and dwell for only a few minutes and then you spring into action and begin looking for solutions. You realize that you don’t have to look too far; a lot of the issues seem to be sorting themselves out. A few of your committee members drive to the grocery store and grab some delicious party food that will be safe for your friend and her food allergy. At the store, they find even more friends who want to come back and celebrate. One of the guests (an early arrival) happens to be a cake decorator and offers to work some magic and fix the cake. Another early arrival lends a truck to the workers and also a helping hand. You thank all those involved with helping you to create this party in unexpected ways. When things seem to fall into place—when the remaining guests start to arrive (on time) and when you can hear laughter and can see your friend smiling and enjoying the party—you wonder if you could have planned a way around all of these disasters. You also wonder if you could have planned the solutions! You find yourself thinking that the answer to both questions is no—you certainly could not have. Like most of our “Getting Familiar” scenarios, this one is over-simplified in order to demonstrate and introduce an important theme. We might glean from the above story a few lessons such as “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong” or “you have to roll with the punches”. However, the main idea that we are approaching for the sake of this unit is the importance of respecting and trusting process. Rather than
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