10. “How can you be so cold-blooded?”

The question completely blindsided me. I don’t think of myself as cold-blooded at all. Quite the opposite, in fact. So I asked why he asked me that. It turned out that he was more referring to lack of panic than to lack of emotion. Thinking back on the story I’d told the evening before, it made a certain kind of sense.

A mysterious mail

It was late in the evening, and I’d gotten a mail from a customer about an event the next day (at 09.00). I had no clue that there was an event I had to go run, so it didn’t even ring the slightest bell. All I had was a time (09.00) and a participant group (80 kids).

Playing the odds

I still had no clue where we where going, but I was betting on the event not being held too far from Copenhagen, since I reasoned that I was more likely to forget something happening close by compared to something far off. Maybe that was a weird way of thinking, but that’s how I thought.

Still not completely in the clear

Around 09.25 we arrived on location. The kids were extremely happy to see us, and the teachers almost as much. Patience had begun wearing a little thin, but now we were here, and all was good. While I was rounding up the kids and telling them a little about what we’d be doing (a fantasy larp event that would start with some training while we figured out the rest), Peter realised something bad.

Fireballs can solve any problem

It actually worked

On our way home, Peter just shook his head and said it out loud. Ok, he was laughing while he said it, but he was also a bit stunned.

Back to the beginning

The answer I gave to the original question reflects this view. I don’t see it as being cold-blooded. I just don’t think panicking helps very often. On our wedding vacation, the check-in info said “Gate closed” when we arrived at the airport, but we still managed to get to Vienna. At one of our big international larp events, the costume ties for the participants arrived on location during the pre-game briefing.

Director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences, Coach at McKinsey & Founding Partner at The Global Institute For Thought Leadership. Author of 31 books.

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