The Pragmatic Dreamer

Thank you for all the lovely comments/emails.  So many of you said you wanted to hang it up on the wall I decided to make something a little more wall friendly.  You can now get the poem/cartoon as a poster, print, or journal.

On the plane ride home from Evaluation 2015 I got inspired to write a poem.  So I did, and I wanted to share it with you.  If you like it, I have more in my head, so let me know 🙂 

A man points to a star, a woman next to him asks, "Ok, but how?"

The Pragmatic Dreamer

There you are.

Sitting alone in an office but surrounded by people.

People who don’t really know what you do.  Except that it involves numbers, or charts, or something like that.

To them you’re a pessimist.

The one who sits in meetings, squashing the dreams of the more idealistic.

Always watching, always listening, always asking, always a downer.

But we know better.

You’re not a pessimist but a realistic optimist.

A super optimist of sorts.

Unlike the dreamer and the hopeful, you look at those big goals as achievable things.

Things that take preparation and planning and design.

Things that should be defined and should be measurable.

Things that account for context and unexpected consequences.

Things that could fail.

Things that will likely fail.

You know that because you see the numbers.  You know that because you watch, you listen, you ask, and you measure.

And when you do fail, you find out why.  And you incorporate those lessons into what’s next.

Maybe in your lonely office surrounded by the people who don’t know quite what you do.

Because maybe, just maybe, next time you won’t fail.

17 Comments

  1. Wendy Tackett on November 20, 2015 at 10:44 am

    You speak the truth, Chris!



    • Chris Lysy on November 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks Wendy!



  2. Amanda on November 20, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I love this and am printing to hang on my wall!



    • Chris Lysy on November 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Awesome 🙂



  3. Cheryl on November 20, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Nice job capturing the work! I especially like the title!



    • Chris Lysy on November 20, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks Cheryl!



  4. Olga Lucia on November 20, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    It is so true, I am afraid to print it and hang it on my wall : )



    • Chris Lysy on November 20, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Nice, success 😉



  5. Stephen Scanlon on November 20, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    With a little work with a cartoon, this could be turned into a nice poster.



    • Chris Lysy on November 20, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Very true Stephen, I might just have to do that!



  6. Stuart H on November 20, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Nice. You are a lot more productive on a plane than I am. AEA 2016 Poetry Jam. Let’s do this.



    • Chris Lysy on November 20, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Productive usually happens to me when I’m trying to be anything but 🙂



      • Karen on November 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm

        Were we separated at birth!?!



  7. Sherry Elnitsky on November 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Wow, I just got out a meeting where a colleague noted that I didn’t seem to be my usual Eeyore self – this is perfect and is definitely going on my wall.



    • Chris Lysy on November 20, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Awesome Sherry



  8. Chris Lysy on November 20, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments and emails! And for all of you wanting something nice for your wall. I went ahead and turned it into a nice poster, print, or journal 🙂 http://www.redbubble.com/people/cplysy/works/17726321-the-pragmatic-dreamer



  9. Karen on November 23, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Awesome.
    Printed and proudly displayed.