When we talk about risk management, certainly we do it to avoid casualties, fatalities, rescues and all of the grim business we’ve been reading about in the news. But if we are very lucky we do it for the final moments at 10-20 seconds before the end of this film.
You’ve prepared a student. Taught them how to do something extraordinary, possibly even dangerous, but, you’ve given them the tools to do it well. Then they totally stick it despite their worst fears. That moment of pure elation is the result. Often we focus on the avoidance of catastrophe, rather than the engagement with pure joy. Let’s hope we do better in 2012.