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5 to Thrive

In I Choose, I shared … “I am reminded. Fewer projects. More love for the ones I keep. Success not defined by anything other than simple, joyful purpose. Impact. Impact with one person. Or thousands. It matters not. Impact matters. The Endgame, my endgame is simple. This life is mine, outlier with a love for humanity.” I am talking my own sense of Integrity.

I am now in the midst of launching into a vacay, desired and (I think) deserved… and one to find my own new order if you will…

… and so I write this blog post prematurely this week. I also write this hot on the heels of a second session with aspiring Virtues Project Facilitators. For them, and for me, going into this week… I offer 5 virtues around which I also intend to explore, to simply thrive.

They are the five I added in ROCK 105.

These five I intend to deepen in over the next few weeks and ahead of a new College year. I believe and contend they are Virtues that expect a deeper dive, sacrificing everything else for everything truly desired.

Explore if you like and dare. See you on the other side. 😉

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

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I Choose

Yesterday I posted on Facebook…

  • “Why Mr. Anderson do you persist?”
  • “Because I choose to…”
    • from The Matrix: Revolutions

5 years ago August 20, 2015, I experienced my stroke. In those following days laying in the CT SCANS and MRIs, I had the thought, “What if I have only 90 days?”

I did not know what was going on inside my head and physical tests were showing no real answers as to why. But each time I lay in those scans and asked that question …. the same answers… all about the kind of meaning I deeply wanted.

Deal breakers.

Since that time, I have realized some of that meaning. But I have slid that slippery slope of assumption too… assumption that I will get around to it. Today, I was reminded.

Broken deal.

My spirit nudged me with a loving sledgehammer. I am done with arbitrary definitions of “success” and the subtle and not so subtle messages out there of same. Success systems and hustle mean nothing to me. Nothing. My work is born of a love for the work. Service. Educator. Entrepreneur. Yes, for life. But with meaning over metrics… with purpose over positioning. With soul over systems.

I have heard of people I deeply respect making significant changes of late, and I am there. You inspire me. I am so there. ❤

New habits. Earlier to bed. Earlier to rise. Living cleaner.

Healthier. Simpler. Less to do, more to do in the less.

Simplicity. Focus. Detachment. Decisiveness.

I ain’t playing the arbitrary game. I ain’t doing what I “should”. I am doing what soulfully calls. I have long felt like an outlier, a man without a country and free agent. No children, nor parents… and a “weirdness” since a kid…

In some ways I have never fought it. In other ways, I have. No more.

I know my work. I know my joy. I know my Soul. And I know my mind, body and spirit are wanting to listen to it.

All of this is to say I am giving up. I am giving up any arbitrary labels. I am giving up industry norms and guidance around revenue streams and models. I never liked any of it anyway.

Conforming. Boring.

My work is a spiritual enterprise. ❤ My value will be forged by what I do and how well I do it. I will not chase the shiny bobbles. I will chase life work, soul work… loving what I do and doing what I love. ❤

I will understand that my mind, body, spirit and Soul only want what impact I can have in this world with what matters most.Humanity over inhumanity. Optimism over positivity. Dance. Song. Creating. Serving.

Why am I saying all of this?

My mind and body today were squirming. Remembering the stroke and the learnings back then. Remembering answers of… Simplicity. Joyfulness. Purposefulness. They are resounding.

This week, I have two wonderful sessions that fit said bill. Indeed, much of my life is already in alignment with such. Now, more so.

Fierce and fun.

No more icky.

Life is too short and important.

I am reminded.

Fewer projects. More love for the ones I keep. Success not defined by anything other than simple, joyful purpose. Impact. Impact with one person. Or thousands. It matters not. Impact matters.

The Endgame, my endgame is simple. This life is mine, outlier with a love for humanity.

Alignment is healthy. Find it. ❤

The rest is about keeping your promise to yourself in living it.

My mind, body and spirit shook me today and reminded me.

That stream of thought continues today and so does a healthy sense of freakin’ alignment. My point with this blog? Our Soul knows best. Listen…. and be your own best friend.

I chose to…

… with assured step.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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Your Best Friend

In Building It and the 3Fs, I suggested ” This is a time of building the launch pad. The few weeks vacay in August ahead of a new College year will be not unlike moving the rocket to the pad. Then, we go!”

These days now are filled with getting “ready”. To that point, yesterday I shared on Friendliness, Generosity, Gentleness, Grace and Gratitude… in expressing thoughts on science and religion. Today, amidst waking from multiple powerful dreams to be discerned (a rarity and a calling of sorts, I feel), I am realizing the importance of these 5 virtues in being “ready”.

I am realizing the importance of these 5 virtues in practicing the 5 strategies of The Virtues Project.

Friendliness, Generosity, Gentleness, Grace and Gratitude … in being my own best friend. This is what is speaking to me and, amidst writing this, I stumble upon these 4 hours of ambient music for deep focus. Yum.

Bottom line is this week I have had many reminders of the precious thing that is life. I think my dreams have something to say. I think we need be that best friend to ourselves… to be our own best companion. I know that I do. Our best value is found in ourselves, by ourselves. Until we find it, no one else can.

How would your best friend listen to you, accept you, bring wisdom to you? How would your best friend be your best friend? Be that. I know that these 3 weeks in August on my “vacay with God” will be all about that.

Insh’allah.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire

Building It and the 3 Fs

I did not get that big time drive time in last week. Pockets. But nice. That said… I still intend to heed said call, but for 3 weeks in August. These days and up until then, the site is getting reworked to fit ever more soulfully, I have committed to a new 7 month fitness program leading up to my next birthday and reaching the best shape of my life, and I am working on getting some business matters decided. This is a time of building the launch pad. The few weeks vacay in August ahead of a new College year will be not unlike moving the rocket to the pad. Then, we go!

I say this because I just posted on LinkedIn on how to keep a promise, and I am practicing same now. I suggest the read, and I need get back to building that launch pad. Going to be a wild and crazy 10 days!

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire

Drive Time

2020 has been interesting thus far, but the Year itself brought nothing; we did. 2020 is an arbitrary construct, a measurement of time. Is it 2020… or 5780 in the Jewish calendar, 2563 in the Buddhist, 2076 in the Hindu, 1441 in the Islamic or 177 in the Baha’i? You get the point.

What happens in our world is generated by us (not by a number), directly or indirectly. 7.8 billion people have an impact. We are seeing it now. That said, it is our response, individually and collectively that matters now, and going forward. It is time for a new realization me thinks. And we are in an infinite game.

The Drive Ahead

In Dare, Decide and Detach last week, I shared “Optimism sees ‘the stuff’ ahead and knows we will get there.” This is true … individually and collectively…. locally, globally and glocally.

Well, the next two days, I am adding a 4th D; Drive. This past week, I have written on Determination and Devotion and Dignity and Diligence and Discernment and Dominion as virtues in my ROCK 105 series; exploring strengths of character in these times. Well again, the next two days, I am adding another D; Drive. I am not speaking of a specific virtue. I am not speaking of drive and hustle. I am speaking of a literal drive; the kind of drive accompanied by great driving music… like Auberge and One Day Remains and Drive Time and Dedication … and all songs Amanda Marshall and Shinedown. I am talking blow off the cob webs drive. I am talking hear your spirit drive. I am talking no plans drive. I am talking gypsy drive. I am talk flow over drive drive. You get my point.

Panda and I are, at time of writing (one day ahead of my normal day of writing this blog), now 123 days in self isolation, with a singular bubble.. mostly by choice but knowing my space in life does not lend itself to be strong bubble candidacy (no parents, no children). Now, there is a sentence, lol. I choose such Responsibility as I understand this to be a global pandemic that will require us to develop new habits going forward. Without getting into that discussion now, I will simply say that:

  • no, I do not believe we all have to physical distance, wear masks and wash our hands forever going forward (though that last one, yes)
  • no, I do not live in fear, but Responsibility
  • yes, I believe in science, and science is the process of disciplined learning
  • yes, I do believe our entertainment and engagement going forward will differ
  • yes, I believe that is good and necessary
  • yes, mine will

That said, that is not the point today. The point is my spirit says drive. It says drive to dig deeper on joy because ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, ” Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness.” And music can be a Ladder for the Soul.

All that said, this time of Responsibility has brought challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally. Understandably so. And my Soul, impervious to any worldly affect, knows best and screams in a whisper… “drive”. We only need but silence our many voices, and listen to that still, small voice inside. It knows. It always knows. You see, ROCK 105 brings us to…

… for Wednesday, July 15, 2020. For me, I will be driving. How do they connect? Seeking to understand and listening with Compassion are part of Empathy. Refraining from toxic judging is too. Thinking about choices, caring and feeling connected are too. We often think of Empathy for others. I suggest Empathy can be targeted on and for ourselves as well. Do unto others can be applied to Empathy. Practice Empathy for yourself as you might have for others. Hence, the spirit call to drive.

I will listen to that call. I will listen to my Soul. And, I will hear.

Here I go.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire

Dare, Decide and Detach

Last week, in Grateful and More, I shared ” Taking time to be grateful and content does not negate the need for work and the march forward. But being grateful and content can help us sustain our walk. Optimism sees “the stuff” ahead and knows we will get there. For me and my life right now, I am at that very place. There is much for which I am grateful. Yet, this time and these days have been an incredibly challenging time for me. There is more to be walked and worked towards. I am reminded this day that Contentment and Optimism are practiced, as is Gratitude… while we walk forward. The practice might be hard, but worthy.”

And now, walking forward, I am focused on Daring, and Deciding and Detaching… as I gaze into my life ahead…

I am going back to read these blog posts (suggesting you do too), understanding that there is no magic button, only practice. Here we go…

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire

Grateful and More

Today, is Canada Day, and earlier I wished everyone Contentment on this day.

From our home (Panda and me) to yours, may you find such Contentment.

My thought is that we get to celebrate the ongoing progress of this idea called Canada. No nation is static, nor should it be. It is called nation building. And yet we can be thankful for this nation each and every year, as we build it. There is much for which to be thankful, and much still to work on, here and around the world. I have no interest in political partisanship (none) but I think the Prime Minister said as much in his Canada Day greeting. We can be grateful and strive for more, better.

Yesterday, I shared To Be Considered. In it, I noted … “Realizing your life, schedule and priorities are different, how will you find some time to consider and reflect? We are half way through a wild 2020, and we have a new world unfolding. How can you take some time this month to ponder your path forward?” I suggest same for this day.

This is Day 16 of ROCK 105. Thus far, we have gone in on Acceptance, Accountability, Appreciation, Assertiveness, Awe, Beauty, Candor , Caring, Certitude, Charity, Cheerfulness, Cleanliness, Commitment, Compassion, Confidence, Consideration… and Contentment as strengths of character in these days and going forward. Character matters in times of trial and triumph alike.

Imagine the strengths of accepting where you are when you are with taking full account of things past and present and owning it. Imagine the strengths of then appreciating and valuing and growing from there, asserting your best voice in doing so. Imagine the power of Awe and Beauty in experiencing the walking forward. Imagine being true to yourself and others in that walk forward, caring about what matters most and being certain of it. Imagine a spirit of giving and cheer in doing so. Imagine that walk, clean and simple and focused… committed, compassionate and confident… and considerate and thoughtful. Imagine that kind of walk at work and life. Now, imagine that whole walk, with Contentment.

Taking time to be grateful and content does not negate the need for work and the march forward. But being grateful and content can help us sustain our walk. Optimism sees “the stuff” ahead and knows we will get there. For me and my life right now, I am at that very place. There is much for which I am grateful. Yet, this time and these days have been an incredibly challenging time for me. There is more to be walked and worked towards. I am reminded this day that Contentment and Optimism are practiced, as is Gratitude… while we walk forward. The practice might be hard, but worthy.

For what of Canada are you thankful and content?

What are you drawing?

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire

To Be Considered Again

I have renamed my blog, “Barry’s Bewildered Blog” in part inspired by the Wisdom of Rumi, “Sell cleverness. Buy bewilderment.”

In part inspired by “be wilder”.

Y’see, I am no master. I do not believe in mastery. I believe in studentry as a life long journey. It is akin to the notion of perfect as a noun and verb. The former is a destination, unreachable. The latter is our best reality in striving for it. So, welcome to Barry’s Bewildered Blog.

🙂 In Your Invention? I wrote… “My invention is about to be unveiled July 1, Canada Day. The boy inside the man cannot wait.”

That is the first leg… the website now better reflects me and my work, our work, … R4/D2 in practice. One foot in.

That said, and as more than an aside, it is the Eve of Canada Day (aka Dominion Day). Well wishes to all! And to friends south of the border for July 4!!

May we all continue to build nations of justice and love for all.

My Dominion Day

But the personal “biggie” right now for me is August 1. For the Nation of Barry, it is BIG. As a Baha’i, I live by 2 calendars. The Baha’i Calendar (this is the year 177 BE) has 19 months of 19 days, plus a 5 day period of giving and hospitality in February. The point is that August 1 is the coincidence of both calendars. It is the 1st day of the eighth month in both. I have also always liked the number 8. Don’t ask we why. I just do. So, August 1 and Kamál 1 coincide as the 1st day of the eight month.

Oh, and August meansmarked by majestic dignity“.

Kamál means Perfection.

Diggin’ it. 🙂

And, July is the one month of the year that I have no teaching. It’s calendar is a free agent for me. While I have some 7 cool youth, entrepreneurship, community and character development events this July, I am intent on making this time a deeper beautiful dive.

I intend to practice Consideration.

I intend to process my own sense of grief in these times.

I intend to refresh and gladden.

I intend to revisit my own sense of leadership. I was sent this post on leadership qualities by Allan Borch and I will reflect on same. I will read and study stuff I love. I will pray. I will play. I might even share, lol.

It is time.

Realizing your life, schedule and priorities are different, how will you find some time to consider and reflect? We are half way through a wild 2020, and we have a new world unfolding. How can you take some time this month to ponder your path forward?

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire on together strong.

Your Invention?

In My Fortress last week, I shared “I am getting there, and have decided, with exams and grades completed and wrap up activities underway, to take these next 2 weeks and do the hard work. Getting a meaningful journal, my prayer book, and some time “away”… and it is time for a rescue, of Soul… and character.”

I am in mid-stream. And ever increasing clarity is resulting. This morning, I wrote on rethinking Charity, and it is burning away a fog that has been experienced for a couple years now, as I have spent considerable time reflecting and imagining on the path for Epic Engage. That path is now actually crystal clear and is about to be manifested on this very website over the coming days.

This evening, I recorded this as a brief reflection on what is more clear for me today. It was, in part, inspired by seeing this piece today from Simon Sinek. All of this is to say that determining your WHY is paramount. It is the source of our best invention.

My invention is about to be unveiled July 1, Canada Day. The boy inside the man cannot wait.

What might be yours?

Think about it.

That is it for me, for now.

I will have much more to share next week.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire on together strong.

My Fortress

In Dominion and Daring, I said, “These next few days will be that. This next week or so, and amidst the concluding of the College year… will see that deep dive. Dabbling does not do it. There are several questions I am ever more intent on honestly and courageously answering:

  • What does real look like in my work and life?
  • What does raw imply in terms of how I deliver on it?
  • How do I understand “the right thing”; what is my metric for same?
  • How do I define “results” in life?”

I am getting there, and have decided, with exams and grades completed and wrap up activities underway, to take these next 2 weeks and do the hard work. Getting a meaningful journal, my prayer book, and some time “away”… and it is time for a rescue, of Soul… and character.

Actually, my Soul needs no rescue, but an audience… full, focused and fierce. We are there. My own fortress of solitude awaits.

This morning, I posted on Assertiveness, and I recommend the read.

Take it to heart.

I will.

See you next week.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire on together strong.

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