No, I’m not talking about the way that world class Yogi’s can contort their bodies to do things that shouldn’t occur in nature. I’m not talking about improving your downward facing dog. I’m talking about being given lemons and making lemonade.
One of the first, and probably most important, lessons that you learn when you start down your career of choice is that the more rigid you are in how you think things should be done, the more stressed and frustrated you become when they don’t work out they way you had envisioned them. As such, if you don’t learn to think outside the box, and you don’t learn to “roll with the punches”, you end up with an ulcer and more grey hair than you should have at such a young age!
It is equally important that after you have learned these valuable lessons in the workplace, that you let them flow over into the other aspects of your life…including WoW. The fact of the matter is, there are just somethings that you cannot control.
When scheduling raids, I’m generally pretty in tune with my guild’s interests and 90% of the time I can see far enough into the future to know which nights there will be no chance in hell my guild will be raiding (hello Super Bowl Sunday). In these instances, I have the foresight to adjust our raid schedule to accomodate the conflicting evening. However, not being a sports fanatic there are sometimes I just don’t have my finger on the pulse.
I would have never, in a million years, have guessed that an ‘aints playoff game would have been such a huge deal. I would have never in a million years have guessed that almost the entirety of the male population of our guild would have preferred to be glued to the television to watch Bret Farve take on the team that has never seen a superbowl…in what was apparently one hell of a football game. (As a side note, please tell me that others see the irony in the very first time the Saints are headed to the Super Bowl they are facing a Manning! Hey…I graduated from Ole Miss. You can’t go school in the SEC without learning a few important things :P)
I digress…and expose the fact that I know more about football than I care to admit! Where were we? Yes…the big game Sunday.
So as we approached our raid Sunday, the night that was supposed to finish out Putricide, I started adding up who will truly be there, who will be there but will have 1.5 eyes on the game, and who just flat admitted to us “I’d rather watch the game tonight, Absent!”. And said…this isn’t going to happen.
Now, a few years ago this would have really stressed me out. Cancelling a raid was an unacceptable failure. I absolutely hated posting a raid, and have people adjust their schedules to attend…only to get to start time and say “sorry guys”. However, one of the things that I have more recently realized is that there truly are somethings that are just out of your control. Like the ‘aints making it to the playoffs…and people actually wanting to watch them play.
Sure, if people had given me a heads up a week or two in advance about how critical this game was to them, I could have adjusted our schedule to accomodate. But given what I had to work with, I decided I needed to take my lemons and squeeze out some form of lemonade. I needed to roll with the punches.
And that is exactly what we did.
I figured that even of those that were online, at least half would be happy to hear they could give their full attention to the game. So, throughout the day I talked to folks with alt tanks/healers privately to see if they wanted to facilitate a 10 man ICC during the game. By the time raid time rolled around, it was blatantly obvious to anyone online that we wouldn’t be raiding. But we pulled everyone into vent and went over our thoughts for the night and I don’t think that anyone disagreed that a 25 man raid would be an exercise in futility.
In the alternative we offered a 10 man ICC for those mains that missed it on Tuesday’s optional run. We had 2 alt tanks and 3 alt healers lined up, we just needed some DPS…which a lot of those that missed Tuesday were very happy about having the opportunity to soak up both the rep and badges. Our little rag tag “‘aints” group was able to knock out 7 of the 9 bosses in the 3.5 hours we alloted the group in the zone (we didn’t get either of the end bosses, but probably could have done BQL if there was time). And I’m fairly certain that a good time was had by all in attendance. At 10:30, we gave Brade’s 10 man group the opportunity to go in and knock out BQL now that she would, you know, spawn.
Was I happy that we couldn’t do our 25 man? Not really, but it was what is was. Nothing I could have done would have changed that. But, one of the lessons that I’ve learned in life is that flexibility and a little quick thinking on your feet will save a lot of heartache and stress. Equally as important is recognizing when you need to bend a little…so you don’t break.
I will conclude here by reminding everyone that Super Bowl Sunday is February 7…and while it is not likely to be as popular with the men but will still require their participation, Valentines day is Sunday, February 14! If Sunday is one of your normally scheduled raid days, remember to think ahead and be flexible!
Oh…and since I just can’t bring myself to root for a Tennessee alum (Hey Peyton, Eli did it right! You should feel ashamed for making your Momma wear that god awful orange!) GEAUX SAINTS! ;)