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Showing posts from October, 2015

Being a Tree

In the movie "Back to the Future," the villain, Biff Tannen, famously butchers a classic simile: "Why don't you make like a tree and get out of here."  (If you have not seen this movie, you're a butt-head)

Far less famous, but far more prolific was this quote by Trappist monk and theologian Thomas Merton: 
“A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying [God]. It “consents,” so to speak..."
Those who know me know that I am neither a religious man nor a Trappist monk. Yet I appreciate wisdom whether it derives from religion or from Peter Griffin, and this quote contains wisdom. It also really applies to our work in the field, especially as we pull together with other providers and other agencies to handle challenging incidents.
When I played college basketball, our team had a thing called a "break pattern". I am still under the impression that this was created by our coach, the intrepid SUNY Legend…