Expect the unexpected!
Bali, 27th January 2011
Wouldn’t you know…out of nowhere it appears Mount Bromo, an active volcano in Indonesia has erupted today throwing hundreds of international flights in cancelation mode, including my flight back to Singapore. Just as I came out of a very satisfying meeting and arrived at the airport I was greeted with the news that inbound flights to Bali had mostly been cancelled due to volcanic ash clouds over the country and therefore my outbound flight to Singapore was cancelled as a result. Frankfurt 2010 all over again! There are still a few flights going out and the airline staff is trying to get me on one of those. This is when you really appreciate being a frequent flyer as you get priority assistance!
This brings me to the ever applying adagio to always “expect the unexpected”! It is so true in life in general and in our (lighting design) business specifically. There are so many variables that can influence the outcome or direction of a project for instance. I have been involved in projects that got off to a flying and exciting start only to be abandoned later on because financing problems. Sometimes just the change of a project manager can change the course of a project dramatically. When pressure builds in a project because of looming deadlines or miss-communication, things can be said or written in the heat of the moment that suddenly change the landscape of the relationships between project team members.
One of my mentors in Philips always advised me to “sleep” on it before reacting if there was a potential conflict in the making as we are often emotional and irrational on the moment itself. Likewise you can try and fight unexpected changes or happenings or you can go with the flow and make the best of it. Right now that is what I do. I have plenty of work so I have nestled myself in a corner of the lounge with my laptop waiting for further news. It seems I may be able to get out on another airline… I’ll let you know tomorrow J
In Light Watch today another famous spot to hang out while in Bali, a little paradise by the sea called Ku De Ta located in Seminyak. The lush club is built along the Café Del Mar concept where people relax at sunset with a cocktail in one hand and cool music in the background.