Mar 5, 2008

The bubbles and the stream

I have the "Buddhist thought of the day" gadget on my iGoogle page, and this is what I read today:

A myriad bubbles were floating on the surface of a stream. 'What are you?' I cried to them as they drifted by. 'I am a bubble, of course' nearly a myriad bubbles answered, and there was surprise and indignation in their voices as they passed. But, here and there, a lonely bubble answered, 'We are this stream', and there was neither surprise nor indignation in their voices, but just a quiet certitude. - Ask the Awakened by Wei Wu Wei

As lean progresses in your work or your life, I hope you will find more people who see themselves as the stream, not just bubbles. And for the lonely bubbles among you, keep hold of certitude. One of the things I like best about the lean community is that there is a sense of community. You can see it at conferences, on lean blogs and in virtual groups like NWLEAN. The development of the SME/AME/Shingo Prize Lean Certification was a community effort in the truest sense of the words. I think a kaikaku may be underway.

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