Let’s get something clear from the start. I am not in favor of stoning birds.
In fact if there were two birds coming right at me with murderous intent and my only weapon was a single stone then I think the killer birds would be the winner of that rather bloody and one sided battle.
But this blog post is not really about birds or stones at all as we are speaking metaphorically here. The stones and birds are metaphors for getting things done, or metaphors for Plus 1 if you like.
Earlier this year, or late last year, I can’t remember now, I told myself that I was going to visit Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, where some of the finest mathematical minds of their generation broke the German Enigma codes which were used to pass highly secret German intelligence communications during World War Two.
The Enigma cypher was a tough code to crack with around 159 million million million possible settings to choose from. To make things that little bit more difficult for the code breakers, it was changed every 24 hours.
I said I would visit this historic location after studying the history of the internet a year or so ago. (A Plus 1 for me is constantly learning new things)
While I fully intended to make this visit, I had never gone as far as to setting a date. This was a major flaw. If we don’t make active steps to make our intentions real then they will never become real.
Another thing I said I would like to do was to meet the lecturer who gave the class I took in computing history. Given that he is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that one was more of a challenge.
On Thursday I was delivered the virtual stone which would allow me to kill the virtual birds whose days were now numbered.
The lecturer in question sent me an email saying he would be in Bletchley Park on Saturday at 3pm and would love to meet any students who cared to show up.
So I abandoned my plans to go to the local football match, caught six trains in 24 hours and got to cross two things off my list.
The Plus 1 here? Taking advantage of an unexpected opportunity to achieve something you might not have otherwise achieved.