Watershed Moment

Watershed Moment

When was your most recent watershed moment?

So many different levels at which one can answer this question.

On the deepest level I have yet explored, I was probably about 12 years ago that I made the strategic connection between the sets of conditions that allow for the evolution of new levels of cooperation, and what that might mean for the sorts of social systems that might actually be able to support very long lived individuals.

More recently, on Jan 5, at the AGM of the Boating Club I resigned as president after 13 years. I am still working tidying things up, but I am not president, nor even on the committee. And there are already indications that things I was able to manage will not be managed and will cause problems in the future. And I had to make a call about where I placed my limited resources of attention and creativity.

More recently still, yesterday, I got an email confirming that three of the statutory committees I am part of (The Canterbury Regional Water Management Committee, the North Canterbury Biosecurity Committee and the Kaikoura Marine Guardians) are all meeting on the same day, at the same time, but at different places with a 2.5 hour drive between the most separated ones. I have to make a choice. Where does it seem most likely that my efforts can make the greatest difference, summed over time and people?

Perhaps the greatest watershed moment is simply writing down that last question, and giving it some serious consideration, being as brutally honest as possible.

So much uncertainty!

It is so much easier going for the “low hanging fruit”, where one can see tangible rewards in the near term, than committing everything to a project that has no immediate rewards or agreement, only costs and criticism, but so much greater long term rewards.

Parts of me are very conservative, and dislike the idea of risk and pain (and I have had a reasonable share of both of recent times); but other parts of me can see risk that has no mitigation strategy possible without commitment.


Perhaps the watershed is yet to come.
Perhaps a cliff is approaching.
Left or right?
The water is flowing both ways, which way does Ted go???
Is another path possible?
In the talons bird to go over, on a fish to swim the other way, in an underground tunnel to go under, via a tornado to be blown elsewhere, a boat, a plane, to be drunk by an animal and carried away? Endless possibilities – but reasonable probabilities???

What defines reasonable???

What seems reasonable to me, doesn’t appear to seem reasonable to many others at all!

Good question Laurie.
Have to go, drive down to Christchurch to bring Will home for a few days visit.

Thanks for taking me into that maelstrom.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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