Joy and Bacon

There are certain things that inspire pure joy in this world. Seeing your children accomplish something you know they have worked so hard for. Seeing your wife beat cancer with quiet confidence. Hearing a song or seeing a scene in a movie that connects with a moment from your own life. Even better, hearing that David Gilmour guitar solo from Comfortably Numb… you know, the second one. 🙂

But for me the most of pure unadulterated joy I get to appreciate every year is spring. Yep, just that boring old spring where the snow melts and stuff gets messy.

But when you are from the heart of the prairies where it usually gets to -30 and -40 with the windchill, spring is a huge occasion. I wish I could convey the absolute elation and giddiness to my American neighbours far south. Even fellow Canadians in  Calgary and Toronto probably don’t feel the joy to the same level. They just haven’t felt the wind for all winter long.

Feeling the warm fat spring wind on your face is comforting and tender. It is strange how the wind changes through the winter as it becomes more narrow and skinny and thin as it gets colder and colder. Then eventually the wind feels like a thin sheet of ice making it hard to breathe. Eventually you get used to it and carry on.

But that first day in the spring, with a breeze and temperature above freezing is the definition of Joy. Kinda like if Bacon had a sister.

Author: Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio is passionate about his work as the Manager of the Project Management Office at the University of Manitoba. Terry oversees the governance on Information Technology projects to make sure the most important projects are being worked on in a consistent and effective way. Terry also provides leadership on the customized Project Methodology that is followed. The Project Methodology is a equal mix of Prince2, Agile, Traditional, and Business Value. Terry strives to bring Brutal Visibility, Eliminating Information islands, Right Sizing Documentation, Promoting Collaboration and Role-Based Non-Consensus, and short Feedback Loops to Minimize Inventory to the Agile Project Management Office. As a fan of pragmatic Agile, Terry always tries to determine if we can deliver value as soon as possible through iterations. As a practical Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Traditional and Agile approaches. Terry is a fan of AWE (Agile With Estimates), the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, and asking why?

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