A work week can be compared to climbing a mountain, particularly if we have a difficult and stressful job to conquer. And if we started the week fresh and renewed by a weekend of fun and spiritual renewal, it started with a bang and we worked hard and long, accurately to boot, to reach the summit of our peak workload by the midweek point. On this day of the week, affectionately referred to by many as Hump Day, we are at that point by Wednesday and now we face the downhill slope in our journey to Friday afternoon.
Noon Wednesday, the moment when according to the clock we are there, is not the determining factor when we are at the mid-point of the workweek, it's whenever each of us reaches that point. And at that point, it's a good time to stop, look back at what we've done and where we need to be by the end of the week and how we'll get there. Then we'll start the downhill slope. Just like the mountain climber, when he or she reaches the summit, you can bet they take a moment to enjoy the view, probably take a rest break and then start the downhill portion of the trip. The only difference from our work is that they physically see exactly where they are and where they have to go, taking into account the outside impacts of weather and other things that can happen. And that last point also applies to our work schedule, for we must anticipate some extra time being needed to deal with unanticipated things that happen to our work schedule and impact production.
Having taken those steps, however, it means they have allowed for variances and at the end of the downhill slope as we approach the finish line on Friday afternoon, they will be able to enjoy that Margaritaville beach and the weekend, knowing they have been successful. It's just like the climber who looks back up the mountain and is satisfied that he reached his goal successfully. Sometimes, just sometimes, being able to look at our work from a comparison to something like the mountain climber makes it clearer in our head and easier to understand, at least I hope so. And I wish all well in finishing the week successfully and on time. Then the two day break will be more enjoyable and we can start the next week fresh and clear with a new start.