When I started writing about Daniel Pink’s ideas for competencies in a whole brained world I had no idea that the world in Calgary Alberta would turn so upside down so fast.  The perfect storm created a record breaking disaster and an awesome opportunity for a city to prove once again that it can survive “Come Hell or High Water”

I have written about Design and Empathy, Symphony and Transcendence.  I have written about Imagination and Narrative and now I want to write about Yin and Yang.  It is not identified by Pink as a competency but it speaks to his overall premise of balance between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. There are so many balances we can talk about – nature-nurture, male-female all of them for me are on a continuum of  of this or that-ness.  It isn’t as simple as either or.  For me it is always AND.

The Calgary Flood 2013 is a curse and a blessing.  It destroyed things and it brought people together.  It brings out the best and the worst in us.  It reminds us of the need for balance in our own lives.  It can all end quickly.  Any state is temporary and soon this nightmare of clean up will be a memory of new friendships and amazing resilience.  Yin and Yang are always together in the same situation.  When you know that and act accordingly you are always prepared for what life has to offer and you can begin to define it for yourself.

DESTINY – are you ready?