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Monthly Archives: December 2018

2019, Here We Come

A WISH

Today, I found myself at the top of Signal Hill taking in the view of St. John’s and Mount Pearl and Cape Spear and the North Atlanticand the sight of Cabot Tower itself.  That Tower is and has been such a vantage point for so very long.  There I was … me, my music, and the wondrous view… and my thoughts.  One of those thoughts was a sincere wish.

I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, however you might celebrate this time of year.  Whether Christmas or Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Festivus, Winter Solstice or… you get the picture; I hope you truly find joy in it, for you and those you love.

THOUGHT TOO: Reflection

And there were other thoughts. Just before Christmas, I wrote on my Pre-Flight Check.  It was and is the culmination (thus far) of a journey towards what I am calling my 20022020 Vision.  That vision, set out several months back and focusing on celebrating my 60th birthday, remains:

  • It is 20022020, and I am a master and lifelong student of the global body of work around character leadership and unity building.  I have learned conversational Mandarin and French to bring that work more global.  I have also engaged a deepened level of spiritual studies and practice through The Ruhi Institute, and more.  I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery and more of what and who I love.  My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all.  I am teaching business leadership at College of the North Atlantic, in class and online; and doing my global work of Epic Engage™. I am loving it!  I am 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong. And, I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.

On November 15, I set out what I called and call my 90 Day Snapshots in GREAT Goals and The Hunt;  90 day plans that serve to build towards that vision. During these past few days, I have reflected on my progress with those snapshots.  Here is what I have found.

  • GOOD.  I am walking as a daily student of the practice of character, unity and spirit… having completed my Ruhi Studies Book 1 and prepared my study library on character and unity. I have secured learning resources for conversational Mandarin and French.  I have completed my latest MUN course with a grade of 92 (a 90 average over three courses thus far).  I have been singing, writing and living daily, with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda… and finding new and challenging songs to expand my repertoire, if you will.
  • GOOD. Over this week, I am re-launching the new Epic Engage™ in January, with Project Black Wing™ for launch January 1, 2019, DELIVER™ sessions and Thinking CAPS™ national chats planned… and NLAWS™ and Speakernet officially launching January 1, 2019.
  • GOOD. Thus far this past Fall, I have also developed strong connections with the business development community, including MBO, Futurpreneur, and NLOWE… and have successfully completed the Fall term, teaching business leadership at college.
  • GOOD. AND, I am this week completing my 20022020 W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.

And then…

  • GOOD kind of, in learning. Finally, we made the strategic decision to cease momondays St. John’s under our leadership and focus our best energies on other projects in 2019.

THE NOT SO GOOD, but GETTING BETTER.  All in all, it has been a productive first swing and Fall, and I am pleased with the effect of having a 90-Day Snapshot with which to work.  The one gaping misfire is on “I have a 38 inch waist, eating “more than right”, walking daily” and that is being resolutely addressed with a new and vigorous plan for 2019.  Strategic thinking requires that.

LEARNINGS

All of that is to say that this time, during this week, has already served to be a great check in as I prepare for 2019. What I have re-learned is that:

  • a powerful, personal, relevant and resonant vision is the basis for great motivation and commitment.  Any moving vision must have real meaning … for ourselves.  Anything less is a waste of time and talent.
  • 90 day snapshot visions help make the long term vision less daunting.  Think of them as clear and manageable building blocks or grocery lists where you can focus on getting them achieved or completed… knowing that, by doing so, you are moving towards your bigger vision.  I think Matthew McConaughey speaks to such here.
  • execution is everything.  “Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.”

And so, I am opting to reset with revised snapshots running from January 1 2019 through to February 20 2020… some 416 days.  I offer these now for myself and in the spirit of accountability… and for you in seeing examples of what such snapshots can possibly look like; simple or otherwise. 

Then, and below, I offer some thoughts for the New Year.

MY NEW 90 DAY SNAPSHOTS

SNAPSHOT 1: January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019… 90 days.

  • I am a daily student of the practice of character, unity and spirit… in studies and practice
  • I am learning the first basics of conversational Mandarin
  • I am continuing my education studies, commencing my next and 4th course
  • I am prayerfully engaged in my Ruhi studies, continuing to focus on Book 1 as baseline
  • I am singing, writing and living daily, with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • I am Salsa dancing weekly too
  • I am building on the re-launch of the new Epic Engage™ with:
    • Project Black Wing™
    • DELIVER™ sessions  January, February and March
    • Thinking CAPS™ national chats January through March
    • NLAWS™ and Speakernet promotions and building
    • a new blog-comic strip called Aukwords™ launched in January 2019
    • Speakeasies™ starting in March
  • I am sharing epic stories monthly, via video
  • I am continuing to build strong connections with the business development community, including:
    • MBO
    • Futurpreneur, and
    • NLOWE
  • I am starting my Winter Term, teaching business leadership at college
  • I have a 40 inch waist, eating “more than right”, walking daily
  • I am following my 20022020 W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.

SNAPSHOT 2: April 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019… 91 days

  • I am developing my own institute course load around character, unity and spirit
  • I am weekly practicing my conversational Mandarin
  • I am deepening my studies with The Ruhi Institute, with Book 1
  • I am continuing my education studies, with completion of my 4th course
  • I am Salsa dancing weekly; oh and singing weekly too
  • I am voraciously writing and cartooning my Aukwords™ blog monthly
  • I am continuing the monthly work of epic stories, on video
  • I am boxing in the basement weekly
  • I am spending beautiful time with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda, daily
  • I am winding down my 19th year of my love of teaching with College of the North Atlantic
  • I am continuing to advance my global work with the new Epic Engage™
  • I am a 36 inch waist, first time in 25 years
  • I am on top of my W.E.A.L.T.H.™ plan, holding true to its expectations.

SNAPSHOT 3: July 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019… 92 Days

  • I am preparing to launch my new institute for character leadership and unity building
  • I am functionally conversant in Mandarin, and am brushing up on basic French
  • I have completed additional coursework in The Ruhi Institute, with Books 2-7
  • I am continuing my education studies, with commencement of my 5th course
  • I am living a life filled with song, and dance.
  • I am cartooning and writing, and sharing those epic stories through video
  • I am back at practicing archery, and still boxing
  • I am curling again, after 24 years absence
  • I am living with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda by my side, everywhere
  • I am concluding my 19th year of teaching business leadership at College of the North Atlantic
  • I am growing my global work, reach and service with Epic Engage™
  • I am still a 36 inch waist and have reached my 110K in weight (slim for my body structure)
  • I am healthy and strong
  • I am enjoying a vacation, oh yes I am
  • I am staying on my W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan

SNAPSHOT 4: October 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019… 92 Days

  • I am pre-launching the institute for character leadership and unity building
  • I am sound in conversational Mandarin and advancing my French
  • I have completed another course in The Ruhi Institute, with Book 8
  • I am continuing my education studies, completing my 5th course
  • I am in a wonderful cool and loving relationship; yes, yip, yup, uh-huh 🙂
  • I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and more of what and who I love
  • My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all
  • I am teaching my 20th year of business leadership at College of the North Atlantic
  • I am globally serving with Epic Engage™
  • I am loving it!
  • I am 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong
  • I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.

SNAPSHOT 5: January 1, 2020 through February 19, 2020… 50 days

  • The Traig`hen Institute™ in Character Leadership and Unity Building has launched
  • I am conversant in Mandarin and French
  • I am completing the next course load of The Ruhi Institute, with Book 9
  • I am commencing my 6th course in education studies, with plans for more
  • I am preparing for my second Pilgrimage to Haifa
  • I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and more of what and who I love.
  • My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all.
  • I am teaching my 20th year in business leadership at College of the North Atlantic
  • I am thriving in my service and work with Epic Engage™
  • I am soooooooo loving it!
  • I am still that 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong
  • And, yes, I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.

February 20, 2020… CELEBRATE!

That day will be a celebration; a genuine and powerful and joyful one.  Fully realizing living the life I soulfully believe that I am called and drawn to is a gift… and one that is earned.  With that in mind…

CLOSING THOUGHTS

As 2019 approaches for us all, I am not one to believe that life is meant to be magically “abundant”.  It is meant to be filled with up’s and down’s, in’s and out’s, yin’s and yang’s.  It is meant to be lived.  But, it is best lived intentionally.  We cannot control the waves but we can ride them and sail them.  We cannot control those ducks but we can lead them.  It requires that we get clear on where our soul knows we need to be… whether at work, school, business, community or life.  That requires truthfulness and courage … to even ask, admit and accept.

It requires us to know that work is involved and demanded.  It requires us to understand the vital importance of character.  It demands that we find people who believe in us.  It demands we do it in a world that might not yet believe in us.

Nine words have come through reflective and prayerful meditation this year, for me.  “Everything requires everything. To be ready, do the work.”  I believe that I am getting ever closer to fully understanding their meaning.

That is my journey for 2019.  How about you?

2019, here we come.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

Pre-Flight Check

Back on October 10th, I posted this on An Invitation to Bucket. In it, I suggested that I would focus on 5 “buckets” going forward:

  • Educational, which will include my MBa, Mandarin, French and even spiritual
  • Joyful… which will include emotional, and inspirational
  • Work and Service… including vocational, and social
  • Physical… my health
  • WEALTH… including material and financial

First, I suggest you might find it of value to read that post.  The notion of buckets is particularly of value to me.  From that, I developed my “five buckets statement” to be filled by 20022020 (my 60th birthday)… an application of Ikigai for me personally:

It is 20022020, and I am a master and lifelong student of the global body of work around character leadership and unity building.  I have learned conversational Mandarin and French to bring that work more global.  I have also engaged a deepened level of spiritual studies and practice through The Ruhi Institute, and more.  I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery and more of what and who I love.  My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all.  I am teaching business leadership at College of the North Atlantic, in class and online; and doing my global work of Epic Engage™. I am loving it!  I am 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong. And, I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.

Since then (and if you want to follow the journey), I have written on:

The learnings and evolution continued on this sense of vision.  Then, it heated up with this on GREAT Goal and the Hunt… whereupon I set my 90 Day Snapshots as building blocks for my vision.  I do suggest a good read of that post.

Since then, I documented and developed on:

,,, further “sharpening the blades” on this path of commitment.  To date, it has culminated in last week’s post on THE EPIC ENGAGE … wherein I asked “Who are you? Who do you want to be?”

So What?

All of this is to offer up a path upon which to reflect in possibly reading these posts, and to say that this morning I see them as a boarding of the plane, if you will.  You see, yesterday was a day that started with intense challenge and yet a focus on getting up and at it.  Through it all, I called upon Courage and Certitude, a deep sense of Faith and Trust in what I know… of me and my Commitment to my vision.  I was not going small.  By day’s end, much had changed… had been accomplished, and even re-evaluated.  The getting at it had gotten me to it.  It had revealed nuanced but important realizations.  Yesterday was my pre-flight check, having spent the last few weeks boarding the plane.

What did it reveal?  Well for SNAPSHOT 1: November 15, 2018 through February 12, 2019… 90 days…. it revealed success and otherwise.

  • I am walking as a daily student of the practice of character, unity and spirit
  • I am learning the first basics of conversational Mandarin and French
  • I am continuing my education studies, completing my current course
  • I am prayerfully engaged in my Ruhi studies, Books 1 through 7
  • I am singing, writing and living daily, with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • I have re-launched the new Epic Engage™ in January, with:
    • Project Black Wing™ for launch January 1, 2019
    • DELIVER™ sessions November 2018 and January 2019
    • Thinking CAPS™ national chats December 2018, and January and February 2019
    • NLAWS™ and Speakernet officially launched January 1, 2019
    • new blog-comic strip called Aukwords™ launched in January 2019
    • momondays St. John`s December 10, 2018
    • Speakeasies™ starting in January 2019
  • I am sharing epic stories, via video and momondays
  • I have strong connections with the business development community, including:
    • MBO
    • Futurpreneur, and
    • NLOWE
  • I have successfully completed the Fall term, teaching business leadership at college
  •  have completed and constructed my 20022020 462-day W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.

I am successfully on track and even ahead on most of these items (the blue).  There is but one that is currently “woeful”.

  • I have a 38 inch waist, eating “more than right”, walking daily

Actually, it is more “whoa-full”.  I had to go whoa and realize that something was not quite right.  The  systems check has found an issue.  Yet, that has changed in the last two weeks too.  With the pre-diabetes warning of my doctor (a new piece of news as past tests have never show such a sign) and the promise that it can be thwarted in its advance… I am now eating so much better; so very much better.  I am not on track with the snapshot goal, but I have found the track.  Success!

THE BOTTOM LINE

I offer all of this to say that my pre-flight check and its revelations have demonstrated and reinforced to me that:

  1. having a clear and palpable vision is powerful
  2. having snapshot goals as building blocks towards that vision are equally so
  3. systems checks on the validity of both are vital… and are more productive than shaming.

As you get clear on your vision for 2019 (and I hope and suggest that you do), and identify your snapshot building block goals in getting there… please approach them and evaluate them not as pass or fail, but as learnings to help ready for flight.  See the “glitches” as gifts.  See them as teachers.  For me, there have been real successes with the practice of character, unity and spirit, Mandarin and French, education studies, Ruhi studies, and singing, writing and living daily with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda.  In addition and over this Christmas Break that I have just started, it will see me finalizing on the new Epic Engage™ in January, and constructing my 20022020  W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.  These are successes for me.  But so is my learning on health.  There is no shame in learning, only strength.  For me, what I have learned on that front is that I needed to get deeper on my sense of commitment.  The pre-diabetes warning was just that.  It has galvanized me, not shamed me.  As an educator, I understand that tests are not meant to fail us but to teach us what we know and need to get better knowing.  I am learning.

I wish you a year of vision, goals, learning and growing.  I will share more in a few days.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

THE Epic Engage

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

I am on a 500 day journey, leading up to my 60th birthday on February 20, 2020 (20022020).  I have been posting on same, with my latest just last week in DEEDS, WORD and L.O.V.E.  .  In it, I reference an earlier post called SNAPSHOTS and LOVE.

Within that, I share thoughts on L.O.V.E. as an action.  I specifically suggest, “… in support of my efforts I am reflecting on love and its importance.  I am considering how I approach these tasks not simply knowing that I will love the results, but seeing love as an action in getting there.  LOOK inside for my strengths… strengths of character, abilities, skills, knowledge, excellence and temperament… my best CASKET.  Seek out OPPORTUNITIES (my snapshot) where those strengths are needed.  Have a VISION of how much better the world, or my corner of it, will be when applied.  ENGAGE, and do it.”  Game on!

WITH THAT IN MIND

Within those posts… I offered my current Snapshot Vision for November 15, 2018 through February 12, 2019… 90 days. Certainly, I am quite pleased to say things are humming along and I am estimating that 95% of the vision will be complete by January 1. I am humbly excited.  Those results are happening as I practice Reliability, Steadfastness, Honor, Contentment and Endurance; my strategic 5 virtues for the journey.  You can do your own strategic 5 card spread right here. Determine an issue or goal, and go for it.

That being said, and with those 5 virtues in mind, I am finding these 90 day “bricks” to be very useful… 5 grocery list visions (if you will) that will build upon one another to reach my 20022020 vision. of:

  • It is 20022020, and I am a master and lifelong student of the global body of work around character leadership and unity building.  I have learned conversational Mandarin and French to bring that work more global.  I have also engaged a deepened level of spiritual studies and practice through The Ruhi Institute, and more.  I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and more of what and who I love.  My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all.  I am teaching business leadership at College of the North Atlantic, in class and online; and doing my global work of Epic Engage™. I am loving it!  I am 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong. And, I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.

SO WHAT?

All of this is to say that the system is working, and that got me thinking on some things.  Just this past Monday, I was called in for the results on some tests; tests that I have been periodically taking since my stroke in 2015.  To date, all tests have been fabulous; clean slates.  However, this one showed signals of the possible onset of diabetes.  I do not have it, but there were signs of its potential.  That galvanized me.

It got me thinking even harder on my vision.  It got me thinking about obligations and rights.  Right now, I am meditating on rights and responsibilities.  In particular, I am reflecting on Responsibility as a virtue.  I am considering not simply the practice of Responsibility but the focus.  In other words, it is not simply important to be responsible but to personally, professionally and strategically determine to what and whom I intend to be responsible.  The words of my friend Michelle Cederberg speak something to that.  I am listening.  Indeed, that was a large part of the motivation for the 20022020 Vision.  Discerning and deciding upon that to which I see myself responsible is vital.  The 20022020 Vision holds me to that focus.

It has all got me considering my career and calling… and a leaning in on the potential of social enterprise; what I call communitrepreneurship.  It has got me thinking that a new business plan is part of the 20022020 Vision and (I am thinking) due this month, heading into 2019.  It has got me considering the Global Goals and my individual and professional responsibility to help with everything from global education to food sustainability.  And, it has got me to consider all of that under the mantle of simplicity, ease and awesome… as my unofficial mentor Joe Calloway writes.

For me, as a Baha’i… I am still reminded that Baha’u’llah said, “The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds …”  and that Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.”  He also said “Rise then unto that for which you were created.”  I only offer this as these words are calling me to an ever sharper focus on my own vision and its relevance to myself and my life … and my world.  The 20022020 Vision is intended to be a simple picture in my head and heart.  Indeed, it is known to me in an instant of thought.  I see it in the blink of an eye.  Articulated, it takes words:

  • It is 20022020, and I am The Unity Guy™; student and educator around leadership grounded in character, unity, and spirit… delivering in English, Mandarin and French.  
  • I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and all of what and who I love. 
  • I am healthy and strong, and wealthy enough to do the work I choose; living as a happy and joyful man.

… but within, it is simply known.  And, within is where we take it.

THE Epic Engage

To do that, I am reminded of 9 words that are swimming around in that head and heart of mine, of late… “Everything requires everything.  To be ready, do the work.”  My greatest mentors have said that when we have a clear vision, we must needs act as if it has already happened.  We must be wholehearted.  I must remember that I am that guy, that man. that human. So:

I am Barry,  student of character, unity, and spirit, fluent in English, Mandarin and French…  living life with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and all of what and who I love… healthy and wealthy enough to do the work I choose. I am that Simple Man.

This is my ever focusing and personal sense of vision.  If I carve it down and refine it but more, I am a Simple Man

  • a tri-lingual and global student and educator on character, unity, spirit
  • living with great love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, and epic stories
  • enjoying, archery, boxing and all of what and who I love.
  • healthy and wealthy enough to do the work I choose.

My work will continue to be born out of it; as an educator and entrepreneur.  My business plan over these next couple of weeks will truthfully and powerfully and simply reflect it.  This is a journey; more than 500 days… much more.  It is life long.

It is life long… for us all.  But we get to decide who we are.  We get to dare ourselves to be that person, even now.  But, we must go inside.  So, my questions to you are:

  • Who are you?
  • Who do you want to be?

Be that.

Now.

I dare you.

See where that takes you.

That is the Epic Engage™;  the one inside.  Indeed and in deed:

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

 

 

Deeds, Words and L.O.V.E.

Last week, I posted on SNAPSHOTS and LOVE.  I humbly encourage the read.  At its very core, it speaks to the importance of:

  • a meaningful, big and longer term vision
  • equally meaningful 90-day snapshot goals that serve as building blocks, and
  • L.O.V.E. as an action in achieving same.

This past week, I had the serendipitous opportunity to speak to a Grade 4 class in my alma mater elementary school, on being heroic.  It was nothing short of incredible; life changing in many ways for me.  For the first time in decades, I was nervous before walking in.  I deeply wanted to connect with these children, these kids; as I identified with them after so many of the 48 years later.  The school has become so much more diverse, and beautifully so.  The experience I had was surreal.  Connected.  Inspiring.  Real.  Surreal.  All in one.

I say all of this as it rides on my three points above.  My vision is big and meaningful.  My building blocks are concrete and meaningful.  I am approaching their engagement and achievement with L.O.V.E..  But it is that “E” in L.O.V.E. that is resonating ever more powerfully this week; this day.

  • Baha’ullah said, “Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.”  Your adorning (that which dresses you are your actions, not simply your words.  Your words will be supported by your deeds.  My words will be strengthened by my deeds.  Certainly, without the deeds, the words mean nothing ultimately.
  • Baha’ullah also said, ““The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds …”  Now there is a simple formula for bettering the world.  And it is not pure and goodly words; at least not without the support of those deeds.

Bruno Mars sang, “Don’t believe me, just watch…  “.  Extreme sang of it in More than Words.  To rise is an action.  To wake up, is an action. To get up is also.  Our words matter, but they matter because we speak them, or write them… actions.  Our words matter, but they matter most when in action.  When we L.O.V.E. … it is the action that brings it to life.  It is what creates impact and legacy alike.

This week, in that classroom, as I felt the rare nerves of both hope and responsibility, I said to myself “let’s do it”.  I trusted in the action, because the motive was pure and goodly.  The results are impacting my countenance even now and going forward.

“What you do speaks so loud, that I cannot hear what you say.”  These words, often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson say so much about action.  Execution is everything.

Now, what will we do about it?

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

 

 

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