I think we truly were reminded across the nation last week of what it means to live in a northern climate with all the sever winter storms across the nation. I was thinking about the north and the beauty of the landscape, particularly icebergs. According to Wikipedia, the word “iceberg” originates from the dutch translation iisberg, meaning “ice mountain”.
The makeup of an iceberg is quite interesting. They range in height from 1 to 75 metres above sea level and range in mass from anywhere between 100,000 and 200,000 metric tons. They have an interior temperature of -15 to -20 C. The ratio of what is on the surface is 10% the other 90% is below the surface, hence the saying “The tip of the iceberg.”
I received a text from a professor friend of mine at 4:15 on Friday morning responding to a question I had asked. She shared that she had gotten up at 3:30 am to prepare for her class. I was thinking about how her students will see just the “tip of the iceberg” of the work she’s put into that one lecture, never mind the 12+ years of studying for her PhD and all of her writing, research and teaching.
I want to applaud professionals like her who go to bed late, get up early, go that extra mile to do their best for their employer and the people they serve. When you see someone a bit tired in your office today, thank them; a lot happened before they showed up at your meeting to enable them to do their best work.
Along the road with you,
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