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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Kill the Rooster

It was a bitter sweet week as we ate chicken at least once a day, and sometimes twice, yet we never ate the chicken dish we wanted.

Next to our hotel was a little tin shack that contained a family, 4 chickens and one very annoying rooster. The first night we arrived to our hotel we were very tired from all the traveling. When we laid in bed we soon found ourselves listening to a rooster crow. At 2 in the morning... still crowing and finally at 5:30am... still crowing.

After a long night of not much sleep, we all staggered out of bed and out to the balcony overlooking the rooster. Each of us respectfully muttered something violent to the rooster as we went to breakfast where we realized no one slept well because of the stupid bird. - on a side note, is giving a bird the bird kind of strange???

Anyway, this went on every night we were there. Finally we came up with the idea of buying the bird off the family and cooking it for dinner that night. Eating it would surely bring us the satisfaction we never could get in bed. We never did and by the end of the week found that we would be better served by leaving the rooster alone and letting it pester the next group of missionaries arriving the following week which were coming down from the church I grew up in.

Funny thing is, it was the rooster that caused our group to perform well. We had a common enemy and were able to rally around this. It brought us together and solidified the team mentality.

We Formed in the van on the way to the airport.
We Stormed over the sound of the chicken.
We Normed by recognizing our common problems.
We Performed with or newly found team mentality.

Maybe I could consult fortune 500 companies on team dynamics. I'd call the program Killing the Rooster. - hey it's better than choking the chicken!

** interesting coincidence ** literally as I'm typing this, I just got a phone call from a trucking company that has an overstock in chicken in one of it's trucks. It is donating about 110lbs of chicken to our church. It's a good thing I'm not superstitious or I'd really be freaked out right now.