This image has been doing the rounds on social media and news outlets around the world the past few days.

The Suez Canal blockage is holding up $10B of goods a day.

There are many pieces of thoughtful analysis on the causes, possible solutions, and potential impact of this.

This note is not one of them. Instead, my reflection when I learned about this was a few things:

  • Terrible things happen. It is a helpful reminder from time to time about just how much is out of our control. The best we can do is learn to focus on how we respond;
  • The best way to eat an elephant is to cut it into little pieces and eat it one piece at a time. When doing a big task, start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and then you will have the courage to do the impossible;
  • Success is 99% failure; and
  • Courage is not the absence of fear, and it does not always roar, sometime is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, I will try again tomorrow.

Congratulations to the rescue team that worked hard to unstuck the MV Ever Given ship.

Last bonus point: As Vala Afshar would say: We are not a team because we work together, we are a team because we respect, love and care each other.

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