A Strong Angel

Greetings, dear readers.  For many of you this is just a new venue for our regular chats, but for others this is your first time really getting to sit down with me, in which case, I’m pleased to make your acquaintance. I hope these conversations will be insightful and fruitful for us both, and most importantly I do hope that I’m not the only one talking. You’ll always be able to reach me at prasid@live.com.

I spend a lot of time looking at my own profile on Facebook. Probably the same way someone looks at himself in the mirror after working out, I check out my Facebook and try to see myself through someone else’s lens. I was examining my favorite quotes and suddenly it occurred to me that “hmm… these kinda suck…” After pondering further, however, I realized that none of my quotes were actually anything profound in and of themselves; instead they were moments from TV & films. Powerful moments that resonated with me, but that you really have to see for yourself, and perhaps even already be familiar with the TV show, to appreciate. This is probably the best one:

“Say they are smug and superior. Say their approach to public policy makes you want to tear your hair out. Say they like high taxes.and spending your money. Say they want to take your guns and open your borders but don’t call them worthless. . . . The people I have met have been extraordinarily qualified. Their intent is good. Their commitment is true. They are righteous, and they are patriots. And I’m their lawyer.”
— Ainsley Hayes, The West Wing

It’s poweful for me because of her struggle to reconcile party politics and the hatred that we often feel for the other side with the awareness that the other side is sacrificing for the good of the country. The struggle to reconcile your hatred and admit that these people, despite their different outlook, are passionate and “righteous.” The moment was about rising above. And not just a little bit about the overwhelming love we all have for Jed Bartlett, the greatest President in American history. =)

So yesterday I was at the Wordwide Public Sector Marketing Summit – it’s where all the Microsoft Government & Education Marketing people in all the countries across the world get together to learn from one another and listen to announcements from the product teams who have been hard at work building new stuff. I was on this new kick about how we don’t do a good enough job showcasing to the world all the cool stuff that Microsoft is doing internally, and how we waste resources building all this cool stuff that never sees the light of day. I was having a conversation with Kathy Quinn who is the Federal Government Marketing Team Manager, and remembered this really cool video about something called Strong Angel III that I had seen internally. After probing, I found out that it was actually made public as a customer video-case-study for our Homeland Security & Defense Department customers. And sure enough I went out on Microsoft.com/Government and found it, downloaded it, posted on YouTube, and here it is vor your viewing pleasure.

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