Monthly Archives: September 2014
This morning I had the sincere pleasure, honor and challenge of listening to Kathy Stock share her remarkable story of humility, faith, courage and service. Justifiably, she met with a standing ovation at the end of her message.
Through her story and even before, my mind was centering on the notion of the power of language. I found myself in conversation focusing on the adage, “a picture’s worth a thousand words”… and came around to a realization that a well chosen word or sentence can elicit a thousand pictures. Our language matters; both within and without. How we converse with ourselves and others matters. It is not about being politically correct. It is about understanding the power of language. It can engage, or it can entrap. It can dare or destroy. It can uplift or embarrass. It can lead or lose, people and movements.
How we engage one another in social and other media… in our face to face and embrace to embrace… is impacted by our words, wisely and mindfully and wholeheartedly chosen. It is not about being “careful about what we say”; it is about being care-FULL in our intentions. I desire no debate. I desire discussion. Debate has the intent of proving one side right or wrong. Discussion has the intention of finding what is right. This begins with language.
Wholeheartedness is the virtue that speaks to what I call our “five gears”. Driving a standard transmission as long as I have, I am reminded of the versatility and resourcefulness of shifting gears. Our choice of language is the same. The virtues that we apply to our messages are the gears of wholehearted engaging and leading. Speaking with confidence and compassion, detachment and determination, unity and understanding, enthusiasm and excellence, and more… it requires wholeheartedness; a sense of bringing all that we are to what we have to say. That is leadership at its most noble.
As a business educator, dance instructor, singer, speaker, writer, cartoonist and more, I am reminded, this day, of the power of our words and how we bring the diverse range of virtues to what we say. I am reminded of the craft that is communications; the instrumentality of language in engaging, leading and uniting.
Consider your intentions. Consider your words. Consider your applications of the virtues, the strengths of character. Are they in alignment? If not, what do you need to do to make them so? Integrity as a teacher, leader and human being demands it.
Peace, passion and prosperity.
Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™
With the unofficial launch of our new work and website at www.epicengage.com, and plans leading up to something more “official” October 13 (Thanksgiving in Canada and Columbus Day in the USA), I am feeling the need to take a closer look at the virtue of wholeheartedness.
Often times, we might be prone to think of it as a “big picture” virtue; one demanding a more global vision. Maybe we think that it implies big picture and long term. I beg to differ, and contend that wholeheartedness is really an approach to the present and presence. It is about the now. Where idealism calls us to the big picture, wholeheartedness calls us to the work of manifesting that picture. It is the workhorse virtue. It is the fiercely working virtue. While the virtue of zeal is that powerful combination of enthusiasm and purposefulness, wholeheartedness calls us to be “all in”; acting without contingency on the big picture. It is commitment to bringing all that we are to the challenges and opportunities at hand. Wholehearted leaders bring it. Wholehearted communities at work, school and play… bring it, together.
These next 90 days, Amy Hiscox and I have committed to idealism in building a 90 day WEALTH Plan. WEALTH is an acronym for when excellence and love take hold… being wholehearted in practice and passion. The idea is to go massive, seizing and moving forward with strategically aligned opportunities… multiple oars in the water, moving in unison, advancing together in thought, will and action. Amy and I will be coaching one another with the work ahead, professionally and personally. The intent is to be intent; wholehearted, daily, moment by moment… doing the WORK. The way is the work and the work is the way.
We will be sharing results and impact and we encourage you to bring idealism to your vision, and then apply wholeheartedness to the work at hand. Imagine the impact. Imagine the results. Imagine the prosperity. What big pictures, goals, and dreams do you have? Go wholehearted these next 90 days and see you on the other side.
To celebrate the launch of the new EPIC Engage™ website this day, I thought to simply offer up our definition of the virtue of wholeheartedness, as it is core to our work now and going forward. As Amy Hiscox and I consulted on the nature of this virtue, we arrived at an understanding of it that encompassed our collective passion for our work, the very work itself and the meaning for ourselves as individuals.
Wholeheartedness is discerning our truth and living it with devotion to purpose by being ‘all in’. ‘All in’ means accepting ourselves so that we can give what we have to the world completely. It is discerning the song we are meant to sing, and singing it with all of our heart. Wholeheartedness is embracing life fully, without holding back, and doing what must be done, especially when it is challenging or risky. We commit with courage to live by what is real, genuine, and sincere. We dare to be real. We offer ourselves and others the gift of feeling heard and understood, through active listening, and that is part of our service to the world. Wholeheartedness takes us beyond thinking to a deeper knowing of our purpose. We refuse to sit on the sidelines and that frees us from regret. When we are wholehearted we are fiercely focused on what’s under the surface and really going on. This, coupled with sincerity and zeal, emboldens us to serve while steadfastly keeping our true purpose front and center. We deepen in wholeheartedness when we choose to empower and not overpower. Even if we stumble and fall, we don’t allow doubt to distract us from what we know to be true. When opportunity comes, we step into it. Carpe diem.
For organizations and individuals, the Practice of Wholeheartedness engages the following commitments and behaviours….
- I give 100% to all that I choose to do
- I relentlessly live by my deepest values and purpose
- I strive to see and hear what is real; it is my service.
- I honor my own worth by having the courage to be original
- I am confident in initiating new ideas
- I awaken the virtues in my soul by choosing to live them
- I seize the day and every purpose driven opportunity
So, as EPIC Engage, our work moving forward is about making a difference for the difference makers. For you, going forward, if wholehearted work and living are vital, what does that mean for you and those with whom you work? Maybe we should chat.
On behalf of the EPIC Engage™ Team.
Peace, passion and prosperity.
Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™