Are You at Capacity?

I have achieved my wildest dreams on this earth: I own part of a cloud.

In the old days, clouds were known for holding raindrops. Now they hold 50 GB space for me to store my videos and photos of Trixie. When I got notices about the limits of my phone to hang on to my collection of images, I expanded my capacity. I have to keep paying every year, so I guess the truth is I am a tenant.

I can imagine in my early years being sprawled out on a lawn in the summertime looking up and saying with childlike fantasy, “One day I’m going to get myself part of a cloud.” But I did. So there.

I visited Lake Martin over Labor Day weekend. I can see the clouds there better than anywhere else I go. Strangely, for a lake developed to build power lines, the view is unobstructed by power lines. I know there’s a big caution that water and electricity don’t mix, but the combo sure works out well when you’re talking about hydroelectric dams.

When my father was a child growing up in Alex City, he called the lake the back water, because it was the water backed up from the dam. He was a lot older than other fathers. He was 14 when the dam was completed in 1926. Before that, there was no Lake Martin.

You can imagine the residents back then thought small, as in “back water.” Not 44,000-acre reservoir that covers 750 miles of shoreline across three counties. Or maybe they felt fear. “Hydroelectric power” probably sounded like the stuff of science fiction – of matinees at the movie house where tiny ants turn into giant monsters terrorizing unsuspecting town folk. Not streetlights and household lamps and air conditioning for the home.

Yet this early idea of back water held the capacity for so much more.

I think sometimes about that word capacity – and its several meanings. Such as your cloud storage is at capacity (that’s all it will hold). Or someone functions in a certain capacity (that’s his role). Or do I have the capacity to get this done (how much can be produced)?

In business, there’s this thing called “scale.” You start out small. You add services and products you want to offer. However, at the same time you have to make investments in people, technology, equipment, etc. to keep your promises in delivering these added services and products.

So you scale up in proportion. Which means you can increase capacity. But not usually alone.

Take Moses, for instance. Was Moses the best judgment-maker in the world? Perhaps. After he’d led the Israelites out of Egypt, he tried to resolve the disputes that arose amongst and between the people. But he still was only human and couldn’t make everyone’s fair and just decisions for them. So his father-in-law Jethro pulled him aside and said, “This isn’t working. You’ll exhaust yourself if you keep this up.”

That’d be bad because if Moses exhausted himself trying to do more than he was able to do, he wouldn’t be able to do the things he needed to do. So he shared the load – and saved his energy for other matters (like health and wellbeing).

Is there something you need help with today? Is there someone who would be a good resource for you? If you’re at capacity, don’t try to do it all on your own. Share the load and enjoy your magnificent journey.

– Minnie Lamberth
The Magnificent Journey
Vol. 2, Issue 31