Out of Chaos Comes Brilliance – by Ann Tardy

(and the Mass Ascension of Hot Air Balloons)

According to the I Ching… before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos.

(The I Ching is an ancient
Chinese divination text and the
oldest of the Chinese classics.)
And that describes the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM, the largest celebration of hot air ballooning.

It was 5:00AM when we entered Balloon Fiesta Park with thousands of people from around the world. We immediately walked to the field to secure a spot on the sidelines, ready to witness the show.

Shortly thereafter, hundreds of balloon vehicles drove onto the field to set up in the dark.

And then a strange thing happened… the massive crowd started flooding the field, ignoring the sidelines and the lack of lights, paths, or markings.

We quickly ditched our seats to join them. As we walked through the field, crews were unpacking balloon baskets, unfolding balloon bags (called “envelopes”), checking wires, testing propane equipment, and inflating balloons (first on their side before they are lifted to a standing position).

It was mass chaos…  (read what happens next  at Ann Tardy’s blog)


Ann Tardy will be coming to Boston – conducting her full-day  Managing & Leading – Strategies to Help You Excel at Both seminar to be held at The Federal Reserve Building  from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Tues Jan 29, 2019.  Members may register now at the IMS website

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