Barry Lewis Green
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The Character Leadership Company

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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Motions, Misery, Meaning, and Merriment

This past week has been one of certain extremes; from caroling with dear friends with G’rilla Kindness™ at the residence of my mother and she hearing me sing for the first time in 91 years… to running the streets of downtown St. John’s on a Saturday night with my G’rilla Soldier™ friends, handing out food and clothing…. to visiting the grocery store and witnessing the misery of people who have more but seemingly don’t…. these and many more instances this past week have left me with one single thought this Christmas Day.

This day, I am of the thought that going through the motions leads to misery. Finding the meaning leads to merriment.  It is in the WHY that we find the joy. 

Too many lives have been relegated to simple survival, and not in its truest terms.  I am talking of the same ol”, same ol’… what I call the conformity of boredom.  Therein lays misery.  And breaking free of it does not have to mean throwing out our lives as they are.  It means we have to find meaning in those lives.

The motions bring misery. 

The meaning brings merriment.

This afternoon, I found myself having Christmas Dinner with my mother and cousin at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home.  A Christian, a Jew and a Baha’i for Christmas Dinner with other residents and family and friends.  This was a community of the moment.  At some point, I felt the urge to sing; and so I did.  Others chimed in… and joy was spread.   It was palpable, taste-able, and unmistakable.  It was a moment of epic, with a room filled with spontaneous singing and joy, all ages and backgrounds included.

Epic leadership is, at times, quite simple.  Bring joy.  Joyfulness is fuller than happiness; deeper, more powerful and resonant.  It is founded on seeing the value in everyone.  It is noble.  It is grounded in being all in.  It is wholehearted.  It is epic, in an everyday kind of way.

For me, beyond the unfolding and amazing service of G’rilla Soldiers™ and the work I continue to love as a business educator and with EPIC Engage™, this past December 9th, I had the blessing to sing in Toronto for the opening of the year of Toni Newman‘s Presidency of CAPS, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers www.canadianspeakers.org.  It provided me additional meaning going forward; that the path to creating powerful, practical, purposeful and epic unity and engagement is through joy. I am not sure where it will take me but it does bring a smile.  I hope you enjoy.

Because We Believe

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

 

The Epic Road

Dictionary.com defines epic as, among other things, “heroic; majestic”.  Merriam-Webster adds “extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope “.

Dictionary.com defines a virtue as, in part, “a good or admirable quality or property”.   Merriam-Webster refers to it as “a good and moral quality”.

As a Master Facilitator for The Virtues Project™, and a student of character as a basis of leadership, I am increasingly reminded that epic has the characteristics of being a virtue.

If so, I would suggest epic is born of heroism and vision; of nobility and wholeheartedness.  It implies the presence of the virtues of wisdom, courage and certitude.  It is present in the speeches of Kennedy, Churchill and King.  It is present in the speech of Aragorn.

We live in a world demanding such leadership now.  Whether the world of work, or school or community… whether the world of nation building.  We need epic.  And yet, we struggle with manifesting it.  I contend that we need look no further than the practice of heroic courage, wisdom, truthfulness to start.  It is not about being either politically correct or offensive; it is about calling attention to truth and wisdom with nobility and wholeheartedness.

With this in mind, in the days and weeks to come, through a process of writing our next book, I will be offering thoughts around living epic, noble, and wholehearted lives.  I hope that you will join me on the journey of exploration.  It might very well be epic.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Doing is Believing

Some months back, the incredible Toni Newman asked me if I would perform a song to help launch her year as President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.  My first reaction was indeed yes.  But the song being requested was Because We Believe as sung by Andrea Bocelli.  Needless to say, there was trepidation in that yes.  This was out of my ballpark.  My genre is rock.  Yes, I sing Journey and some Triumph along the way, but Bocelli?  Still, I could not refuse Toni; and I could not refuse my inner voice saying “challenge”.

Months passed and I drove to and from work playing and singing.  I tried the song at karaoke and got great and cool feedback.  Still, it was in the car and at karaoke.  Surely, live in front of 250 people from all over the world would be different.  Still, I practiced.  I remembered my new favorite book, the War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  I knew what I had to do.

Then last weekend, the time had arrived.  The Conference opened on Saturday evening.  Many of my unofficial but personally acknowledged mentors were there,  Joe Calloway included.  Toni.  Many friends and colleagues. On Sunday night at the CAPS Foundation Fundraiser, our band ELEVATION performed and we had an incredible time rocking out.  But that was rock and my joy and comfort.  That night, I found myself Skyping with my best friend Lisa and she asked me to sing it.  It was emotional.  It was a great feeling… but it was still not “the show”.

That next morning was rehearsal, and it went flawlessly.  Still, it was not “the show”.

You see, the song was not only Bocelli.  It was not only in front of a sizeable international audience.  It was not only a commitment to Toni and her leadership and friendship.  Warren Evans, the wondrous founder of CAPS passed this year.  We all missed him.  There was intense emotion and this song was, in large part, dedicated to his legacy.

Gulp.

But I believed.  I believed in Warren, in Toni, and in the people who had come to this place.  I believed in CAPS.  I believed in my best friend Lisa.  I believed in my friends and family, including my best little dog in the world, Panda.  Most importantly, I believed in my God, my father and my sister in the next world and dedicated it to them.  Moments before being called up, I thought of them all.  I got my mind off me and my heart on them.  The cue came, and I entered the stage, closed my eyes with Bocelli in mind and sung like I have never before.

There were comments of great kindness afterwards, from musicians, singers, speakers, writers and all.  I was overwhelmed.  I was not overwhelmed by any sense of talent.  I was overwhelmed by the realization that doing is believing.  The way is the work and the work is the way.  A wolf does not “hope” he can hunt.  He goes hunting… he works his way, develops his skill.  Nature is filled with examples of doing as the path to believing.

Since then, I have a heightened realization that action is everything.  And everything requires everything.  Doing dances with being, intensely.

You want something.  Do it, work it, craft it.  Dance with it, through the stumbles and even the falls.  The magic, the real magic, is not simply believing, but acting as if you believe.  The feeling will follow the action.  And the action requires work.  In my work and play going forward, with educators, youth, service providers, leaders and more… this is my enhanced modality.  The way is the work and the work is the way… we sharpen the blades and go to war each day.  The good fight desires it.  The great fight demands it.

By the way, that ballpark? I knocked it out of there.

Do, Believe. Be.

Peace, passion and prosperity

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

 

Soldiering ON

As I start 3 days of learning, speaking, and singing at the 2014 CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers) Convention, I am awaking this morning with a thought around words.

We grew up with the adage, “sticks and stones”, but language does matter indeed. Sometimes it can hurt, and sometimes we must reclaim words.  I choose to reclaim the word soldier.  It is who I am.  It has real meaning for me.  A soldier gets up each day, suits up and goes out to do their work.  They persevere, humbly so… with an approach to the work that is sacred.  The way is the work and the work is that way. That was the way of my father, and it is my chosen path as well.

This weekend, I have work to do.  It is joyous work, but it is work.  The soldier that is Barry Lewis Green hopes to engage other soldiers who reclaim the title and the language, moving away from the conception of violence and towards a fierce, fundamental approach to going forward.

I believe in the work, and I believe that real and hard earned lessons and success ultimately rely on getting up each day and being the soldier, the one who fights for and not against; the one who works and battles through both trial and triumph knowing both are temporary and that true joy is found in getting up and moving forward, relentless and undaunted… with both zeal and ardor.

So, this soldier will fight for a more diverse, united and prospering world at work and community.  This soldier will fight for youth and the capacity they have to rightfully and powerfully build a better world.  I will fight for justice and peace; and it will be a good fight.  It is the good fight.

Today, and these next three days, I fight for learning. I fight for bringing it, full on. I fight for unleashing. So soldier, for what will you fight? Go do that, and I hope to meet you along the way.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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