An OK Museum Alternative

Yesterday, while doing ok at parenting, I realized that we didn't renew our annual membership to the Edventure Children's Museum and it was so hot that the OK Shepherd granted waivers to the long-standing rule that men shouldn't  wear shorts, flip flops, or sandals outside of their home after the age of 33

In situations like this it is permissible for an OK Parent to not stop the children from believing that going to the mall to ride the escalator as many times as they want is a privilege.


OK Mister Chick-fil-a

Can the OK Shepherd appreciate perfection while advocating for okayness as a favorable model for life and leadering? That was a rhetorical question but I'm still going to answer it: YES.

Yesterday I went to the Chick-fil-a with my tax credits to pick up lunch. As we were slow rolling through the loopty loop drive through, my attention turned to the patio. At that moment, it was 98 degrees. Even with umbrellas and a crowded dining room, nobody cared to eat outside. The patio was empty.

Still, I couldn't turn away because the umbrellas were aligned in perfect order, on every plane. If it was any other restaurant, I'd be surprised, but Chick-fil-a don't play. Corporate has quality control controlled. In the morning, some young chicken buck grabbed a protractor, muttered to no one in particular, "my pleasure", and made umbrellas interesting again.

Okayness is not about settling for less than correct. It is charged with a gentle acknowledgement that life, more often than not, does not care about your plans. Yet still, we can avoid nihilism and cynicism by owning what we can control and nailing it. The chicken buck on umbrella duty understood the intrinsic, understated, and still essential quality of the assignment. 

The chicken buck couldn't control the sun. But the umbrellas were nevertheless correct. It is low hanging fruit. Nobody will notice if you didn't use your protractor, but when you do, for that which you can control, somebody will notice, the credibility of your organization will be enhanced, and two days later OK Shepherds like me will still be talking about it.

The lesson in leadering is to do the best you can with what you got. That's the standard by which you will be judged. Yesterday at Chick-fil-a the sun was the sheep that ran away. They let it go so they could do umbrellas better.

It will be my pleasure to serve the next guest.


The OK Auto Response

The OK Shepherd believes out-of-office email auto responses present a unique opportunity to mock out-of-office email auto responses. The OK Shepherd suggests that you commit at least one hour to compose an appropriately foolish and still delightful out-of-office email auto response.

Once you accept the fact that nobody cares if you are in, out, on top, under, beside, around, or ate the office, the meaningless words about your current circumstances will naturally come to you.

Enjoy the opportunity to fall short of professional standards because professionalism in email auto responses is boring. The OK Shepherd watches sheep eat grass all day, very professional and also boring.. Writing a custom auto email response will make one day feel like two.

For help getting started, note the out-of-office email response below that I wrote for my assistant a few days ago. She went to an island in the ocean.

This is an automated response from my computer to yours.
For the next three weeks I am abstaining from work. During that time, I plan to remain horizontal as much as possible.
I will only stand to walk from one piece of horizontal support equipment to another (e.g. bed to reclining pool-side lounge chair, reclining pool-side lounge chair to reclining beach lounge chair, reclining beach lounge chair to bed).
When I come back to work on July 11th, I will sit in a chair that does not recline and read your email.
Until then, if you need immediate assistance, first lie down and think about how urgent the matter is. From the reclined position, it is possible the you will slip into sleep and wake with no memory of the "urgent" matter. This happens to me all that time.
Another option, if going to sleep is not possible, would be to contact DOWNTOWN CHURCH at 803-875-0156. We try to keep at least one person on staff awake during the day for moments like this.