Haiku Friday: Team Building

IMG_4410It’s staff development day at the zoo for Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. Seriously, this morning I was with my staff at the Houston Zoo, which is just steps away from our church. [At this point right here, of course, it would be appropriate to insert an ecclesiastical joke.]

Today wasn’t about brainstorming ideas for the future or pondering a calendar. It was an exercise in having fun together. But I did see this poster in a conference room there. Perhaps all churches should, at a very minimum, adopt zoo norms!

Perhaps you’ve been dragged to a brainstorming session or retreat at a conference center with your work colleagues. Maybe you had to choose what color of Post-it notes would highlight your brilliance as everyone slaps them on the wall to build a kaleidoscope of opinions. Maybe you put on safety gear and, with your heart racing out of control, stepped off a high platform on a zip line. Maybe you were merely given a box of crayons and glitter and glue and told to express yourself creatively.

11012586_1182612821764244_1621432464102571515_nMost of us have been there. Whether you loved it or hated it, this is your chance to write a haiku about that team-building experience. All your one verse needs is five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line. Here’s mine:

This giraffe has read
the Houston Zoo norms: “Assume
positive intent.”


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