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Necessity Prompts Creativity, Opportunity And Success in New Orleans

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the immediate devastation was horrific; homelessness, lack of functioning sewers and clean water, disrupted electrical and telephone service. However, that was not the worst of it because the long-term issues were at least as daunting. What could be done to mitigate, or even avoid, such devastation in the event of another “Katrina”? This is the Necessity.
Thanks to the resourcefulness and creativity of a number of individuals, as well as the commitment, financial “seed money”, and PR from movie star Brad Pitt, great things are happening in New Orleans. However, New Orleans will not be the only benefactor from this success. Architects, engineers, builders and individuals have worked together to look at the problem and create a solution that can be duplicated in almost any other locale that could be hit by a strong hurricane. This is the Creativity.
Perhaps this could become a “cottage industry” for the manufacturer of these manufactured homes; as was the Quonset Hut when the George Fuller Construction Company built over 150,000 of them for the US Navy in 1941. In that instance, the Navy needed an all purpose, lightweight building, that could be shipped anywhere and be assembled with unskilled labor; the first units were produced within 60 days of contract. While the Float House that resulted from Hurricane Katrina disaster took longer than 60 days to design and build, its level of finish, materials list, and utility are “light-years” ahead of the Quonset Hut. This design will reduce the number of displaced families after a storm, and could possibly save lives. This is the Opportunity.
This was largely done with private citizens, enterprising individuals who remained focused on a goal. It was not run by the Government; if it had been, it could still be awaiting approval. This demonstrates how many can work together to attain a synergistic result and is a testimony to the resourcefulness and ingenuity of Americans. In true American fashion, the result is a new profit center for some entrepreneurs – budding capitalists. Unfortunately, it took a disaster for it to happen.
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Dancing With The Stars – The Path To Excellence

Much to my surprise, a few seasons ago I started watching Dancing with The Stars on TV. Since then I have witnessed many “Stars” succeed on the Path To Excellence. Initially I watched it out of curiosity; “I wonder how foolish these people are going to look?” To my surprise it was entertaining and I continued to watch every week, and now I watch it quite consistently – which is saying a lot since my TV selections are usually limited to news shows and the History Channel. Looking back over the previous seasons, I have always had a favorite contestant. Usually it is obvious which one or two contestants are not going to last too long, but after that it, it gets interesting. It is often very impressive, and illustrative, to see which contestants improves, and how much, from one week to the next. What I have found is that every season there are one or two contestants who are horrible dancers and who I would have figured would not last to the final weeks – but they prove me wrong. Whether this can be attributed to the Professionals’ coaching ability, the competitive atmosphere or something else I am not sure, but it is truly amazing that some “knucklehead” guy or a woman who does not appear to have a graceful bone in her body, can improve so much and actually be a joy to watch. Additionally, the contestants in the final weeks typically seem to be genuinely “nice” – the ones with bad attitudes having been voted off. Whether it is a professional athlete with the “Bad Guy” reputation or a reality TV star who has never demonstrated any sense of etiquette or class, it is truly impressive to watch them “blossom” into a ballroom dancer with grace and musicality. They do more than learn “the right steps”, they develop a fundamental understanding of the art of ballroom dancing – perhaps the “Zen” of Ballroom. this puts them on the Path To Excellence. Some of the qualities the best contestants embody are courage (to try and dance,) confidence (they can pull it off,) perseverance (to overcome setbacks,) patience (to improve,) and the integrity to win.
The lesson for the rest of us: Many of us are so busy Doing, that we “Miss-The-Boat” when it comes to “attaining enlightenment” in life – the “Zen” of things. Whether it is working at our job, working to be a better parent and provider, or working to improve at a leisure activity – sometimes we need to take a breath, smell the flowers, or just enjoy that which we are doing. Like the best contestants on Dancing With The Stars, we need to find the Path To Excellence in life. We should strive to have the courage to try, the confidence to do it, the perseverance to overcome failure, the patience to persist until we improve, and the integrity to succeed.

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