I Just Want To Lope
Today was a particularly awful day at work.
I think everyone there is sun-deprived, cold and crabby.
So I knocked off at 5:00 on the dot
and headed out to the barn.
What a relief!
Because with my horse, if I want to lope,
I don’t have to consult a committee about loping.
I don’t have to file an impact statement
about the effects of loping.
I don’t have to explore
less expensive alternatives to loping.
I don’t have to schedule a brainstorming session
to explore the best way to lope.
I don’t have to discuss loping
with the tech department
to see if we have resources available to support it.
I don’t have to get approval
from sr. management to lope.
The other horses in the barn don’t get offended
if we lope
and don’t include them
in the decision-making process.
I don’t have to show my loping plan
to the legal dept.
No one comes up and says,
“you know, we tried loping last year and it didn’t work...”
I don’t have to develop a tracking plan
to measure the success of loping.
No one in marketing is concerned
about how loping fits into our “brand image.”
No one in operations comes running up
to tell me I haven’t correctly filed the loping forms.
We don’t schedule weekly status meetings
to discuss loping.
If something goes wrong with loping, we just fix it.
We don’t go around checking every e-mail sent
and every conversation had,
then have a “responsibility meeting”
to try to pin the blame on someone.
I don’t have to inform the PR department
that I’m going to start loping.
I don’t need to get two signatures
on my invoices before loping.
And I don’t have to document
my loping experience in a memo
so that everyone who wants to lope after me
can learn from my experience.
If I want to lope, we just lope!