. . . With the schedule slipping, Williams says a BP manager ordered a faster pace… And he requested to the driller. “Hey, let’s bump it up. Let’s bump it up.”
And what he was talking about there is he’s bumping up the rate of penetration. How fast the drill bit is going down. Williams says going faster caused the bottom of the well to split open swallowing tools and that drilling fluid called mud . . .
(PELLEY) There was pressure on the crew after this happened?
(WILLIAMS) There’s always pressure, but yes, the pressure was increased.
But the trouble was just beginning . . .
— 60 Minutes on the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico (Sunday, May 16)
It was very distressing to see the 60 Minutes piece this past Sunday on the recent oil spill. One thing that stood out was how the managers at BP kept on ordering the crew to go faster in light of slipping schedules and lost profits. It is difficult to place the blame squarely on those managers. This need to go faster and faster in our world today seems to be present everywhere. And sometimes with disastrous consequences…
How have our lives gotten so busy?
Why does it seem like everyone is running on “high”?
What makes it so hard to stand up to the pressures around us?
On Saturday, June 5th, Tarra Stariell will be presenting — No time to think, No time to breathe… Is this me? This workshop will address the chronic busyness and overwhelm that we tend to get lost in, and the significant price our bodies pay in this process. This workshop is a service to the community and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All information is on the website.
Also, this weekend we are holding the first Living Ubuntu retreat of the year, and the theme is “Embodied Communication”. We will be focusing on listening to our inner self, expressing our self with authenticity, and learning what it feels like to stay grounded at the same time. We’re sorry that we couldn’t accommodate all who wanted to join us, however, we will have another retreat in the fall. If you’d like more information, please do get in touch with us.
Wishing you a deep belly breath :)
“A grounded person feels she has a right to stand here, to be here, to be heard in her silence or her voice. A grounded person need not speak to be heard while an ungrounded person may talk endlessly without result . . . Being grounded is the prerequisite for feeling centered and being fully in contact . . .
We cannot be grounded and be disconnected in our bodies.”
– John P. Conger