Barry Lewis Green
and Epic Engage

The Character Leadership Company

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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

 

 

 

SNAPSHOTS and LOVE

This has been a challenging week.  Work loads have been very high with the convergence of teaching, business and studies… multiple and major projects with deadlines; and then flooding in the home.  Yup, a challenging week.

Last week, I posted on dealing with the ducks, and this week the ducks were large, many and furious.  Maybe you can relate?  But last evening, I did a check on where I was with my first snapshot.

SNAPSHOT 1:

November 15, 2018 through February 12, 2019… 90 days.

  • 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
  • I have a 38 inch waist, eating “more than right”, walking daily
  • I have completed and constructed my 20022020 462-day W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.

In and amidst, I have been diligently working on those items highlighted in blue.  The SNAPSHOT is working.  In addition, and 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.

Over these next few weeks, I am deliberately reflecting on and practicing L.O.V.E. as it relates to achieving my first SNAPSHOT.

Feel free to try it yourself.

But as 2019 quickly approaches, I will let you know on my end.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

Day 44: Dealing with Ducks

This is Day 44 of my 500-Day Journey to 20022020.  For some reason, 44 is a number that has relevance for me.  I do not know why, nor do I question.  I trust.

With that in mind, and my post of last week on GREAT Goals and the HUNT… this past week has been a challenge with work load and more.  So many ducks!  In walking my life this week, I have been reminded that Optimism and positive thinking are two different things for me.  Positive thinking tends to stress eliminating the negative.  Optimism sees the negative for what it is; something to meet head on and move forward through or around.  Optimism believes that there is good and bad … and that the bad is good; because it tests and even directs us.

Consider this story from Baha’u’llah:

  • There was once a lover who had sighed for long years in separation from his beloved, and wasted in the fire of remoteness. From the rule of love, his heart was empty of patience, and his body weary of his spirit; he reckoned life without her as a mockery, and time consumed him away. How many a day he found no rest in longing for her; how many a night the pain of her kept him from sleep; his body was worn to a sigh, his heart’s wound had turned him to a cry of sorrow. He had given a thousand lives for one taste of the cup of her presence, but it availed him not. The doctors knew no cure for him, and companions avoided his company; yea, physicians have no medicine for one sick of love, unless the favor of the beloved one deliver him.  At last, the tree of his longing yielded the fruit of despair, and the fire of his hope fell to ashes. Then one night he could live no more, and he went out of his house and made for the marketplace. On a sudden, a watchman followed after him. He broke into a run, with the watchman following; then other watchmen came together, and barred every passage to the weary one. And the wretched one cried from his heart, and ran here and there, and moaned to himself: “Surely this watchman is Izrá’íl, my angel of death, following so fast upon me; or he is a tyrant of men, seeking to harm me.” His feet carried him on, the one bleeding with the arrow of love, and his heart lamented. Then he came to a garden wall, and with untold pain he scaled it, for it proved very high; and forgetting his life, he threw himself down to the garden.  And there he beheld his beloved with a lamp in her hand, searching for a ring she had lost. When the heart-surrendered lover looked on his ravishing love, he drew a great breath and raised up his hands in prayer, crying: “O God! Give Thou glory to the watchman, and riches and long life. For the watchman was Gabriel, guiding this poor one; or he was Isráfíl, bringing life to this wretched one!”

Your beloved heartfelt vision or dream, the true one, deep inside… the one you are consciously or even unconsciously greatly seeking; there are watchmen along the way.  They take the form of obstacles, resistance (as Steven Pressfield puts it), distractions, doubts, confusion and more.  We all have them.  Healthy living and studying and working as an educator, entrepreneur, leader at school, work, business, community and life requires us to face the watchmen; indeed, the ducks.  Famous stories of JK Rowling and many others attest to this.

With all of that in mind and countless examples of my own challenges thus far in life (which I will not recount here), this past week, I have considered my own expectations for what I am calling SNAPSHOT 1: November 15, 2018 through February 12, 2019… 90 days.

  • 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
  • I have a 38 inch waist, eating “more than right”, walking daily
  • I have completed and constructed my 20022020 462-day W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.

… having worked on and/or completed those highlighted in blue.  Despite the challenges this past week, I have met them with Optimism.  I am feeling accomplished, knowing there is more to be done.  The 90-Day Snapshot is a brick, with ingredients.  Each 90-Day brick builds the 20022020 vision, and each brick’s ingredients (the snapshot) creates the brick.

For me, this is most useful.  I will continue to focus on this brick, the brick of now.  It is how I conduct my business and leadership coaching in working with others; and it works for me.  It works.  One brick at a time is how things get built.  Concerning yourself with a thousand ideas at once is scattered; and counter productive.  Having the end in mind, allows one to strategically focus on what is important… and that is most important.

Know your vision. Mine is:

  • 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.

Boiled down to:

  • 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.

Then read GREAT Goals and the HUNT, again.  Then design your building and understand your 90-Day bricks.  Focus on them one at a time.  You will get there.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

GREAT Goals and the HUNT

Last week, I shared in Homes Stretch, 3 Steps that, among other things, I am reminded there are three simple but hard steps working towards our own something cool … first, have the big picture clearly in mind and heart… second, establish mini 90-day snapshots to be the bricks in building that something cool, and, third, execute.  The hard part is to take the time in getting clear… and in the doing it.  Yes, clarity and commitment to follow through are simple and hard.  And, crucial.  This week, after an eventful, soul searching and eye opening week, I offer the following.

 

THE BIG PICTURE STAYS TRUE

If anything, this week confirmed for me that my big picture vision stands.  It is important to be clear… and clarity requires diligence in the reflection on same.  Clarity requires digging and questioning and observing and listening.  This week, I had numerous moments to do so and get sure.  My vision remains, and stronger for the reflection this week.

  • 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.

That being said, this week also suggested that I might boil it down to:

  • 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.

That is my gift to me on 20022020.  And, it is best manifested by understanding it as reality now.  Michelangelo himself suggested that he carved the angel out of the stone, implying it was already in there.  Getting clear on that pre-existing condition of reality matters and should not be avoided as something warm and fuzzy.  It is bedrock.

So, the big picture is confirmed, and in hand.  Indeed, over the years, I have developed a system I call GREAT™ Vision.  To have a powerful vision, you set your GOAL with specifics, then get abundantly clear on its RELEVANCE for you.  You figure out how you will EVALUATE your progress.  You determine your ACTIONS necessary, and you set your TIMETABLE.  The above around which I have articulated these past few days and weeks meets the needs on goal, relevance and timetable.  Let us consider execution and evaluation.  Enter, the other two steps previously noted.

  • establish mini 90-day snapshots to be the bricks in building that something cool, and
  • execute. 

MY 90 DAY SNAPSHOTS

To manifest the vision, I had noted last week that:

  • I will walk as a student of character
  • I will learn the very basics of conversational Mandarin
  • I will prayerfully engage in my Ruhi studies
  • I will sing, write, and live with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • I will teach business leadership at college and do my thing with Epic Engage™
  • I will eat “more than right” and walk daily.

I now suggest, with tweaks and as part of my 90-day snapshots…

SNAPSHOT 1: November 15, 2018 through February 12, 2019… 90 days.

  • 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
  • I have a 38 inch waist, eating “more than right”, walking daily
  • I have completed and constructed my 20022020 462-day W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.

February 13-20, 2019: Reflection, Reset and 59th Birthday

SNAPSHOT 2: February 21 through May 21, 2019… 90 days

  • I am developing my own institute course load around character, unity and spirit
  • I am weekly practicing my conversational Mandarin and French
  • I am advancing my studies with The Ruhi Institute, with Book 8
  • I am continuing my education studies, with completion of 1 new 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 and through momondays
  • I am boxing in the basement weekly
  • I am spending beautiful time with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda, daily
  • I am winding down my 18th 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.

May 21-24: Reflection

SNAPSHOT 3: May 25 through August 22, 2019… 90 days

  • I am preparing to launch my new institute for character leadership and unity building
  • I am functionally and basically conversant in Mandarin and French
  • I have completed an additional course in The Ruhi Institute, Book 9
  • I am continuing my education studies, with completion of 2 courses
  • I am in a wonderful cool and loving relationship; yes, yip, yup, uh-huh 🙂
  • I am living a life filled with love, song, and dance.
  • I am cartooning and writing, and sharing those epic stories through video and momondays
  • I am back at practicing archery, and still boxing
  • I am living with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda by my side, everywhere
  • I am concluding my 18th 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

August 23-24: Reflection

August 25 through November 22, 2019… 90 days

  • I am delivering on the institute for character leadership and unity building
  • I am sound in conversational Mandarin and French
  • I have completed another course in The Ruhi Institute, Book 10
  • I am continuing my education studies
  • 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 19th 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.

November 23, 2019 through February 20, 2020… 90 days

  • The Traig`hen Institute™ in Character Leadership and Unity Building has launched
  • I am conversant in Mandarin and French
  • I have completed the full course load of The Ruhi Institute
  • 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 19th 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.

First, I had a dream.  Then, I had a vision.  It was deliberated on and articulated, and reflected upon and crafted.  THEN, and now, I have a plan with a checklist for measurement.  Now, it is about the execution.

RELEVANCE MATTERS

With that in mind, I am a strong believer that relevance fuels execution.  Knowing THE WHY is vital.  I know my why.  I am approaching 60.  I am young.  My stroke taught me that life is not given; it is appreciated.  The best way we can appreciate it is to live it.  The best way to live it is to live it as you.  In the Baha’ì Faith there are several Writings that even more deeply;y speak to me at this time.

From Bahá’u’lláh

  • Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created. These words speak to me of the idea that we all are created noble but yet we sell ourselves much too short, forget who we are and are expected to rise to who we always have been.
  • Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom. This speaks to me of the vital and noble nature of education, for the betterment of the world. Speaking of which…
  • The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds, through commendable and seemly conduct.  These words speak to me of a simple power we all have; character.
  • Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.  This speaks for itself; action… execution.

They all speak to me of relevance, for me.  My humble suggestion is to get clear on what is deeply important for you.  Know your big picture, however simple it might be.  Get clear on your snapshot milestones.  Then, execute.

Therein lies the GREAT hunt.  Therein, the way to live up to our heroes.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

Home Stretch, 3 Steps

Last week, I wrote on November Reign. I am one week in now, and I have further sharpened my focus for the final weeks of 2018 and heading into 2019.  The vision for 20022020…

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.

… is now broken down into achievable steps for the remaining 54 days of this year.  What I am reminded of is this.  Having a design and picture of the building is important.  Being able to see and imagine the final structure is indeed crucial.  But growing up amidst a ton of construction people, I am especially reminded that having short term visions are the bricks that build the structure.  For now, that will be these next 54 days.  Then, into 2019, I will have effectively 90 day strategic plans. So, big picture is important… as are smaller pictures along the way.

Then there is execution.  I set last week:

  • I will walk as a student of character
  • I will learn the very basics of conversational Mandarin
  • I will prayerfully engage in my Ruhi studies
  • I will sing, write, and live with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • I will teach business leadership at college and do my thing with Epic Engage™
  • I will eat “more than right” and walk daily.  

These remain at core.  Execution is everything.

INSPIRED BY

All of this is intent on subscribing to LP Jacks‘ identification of the master in the art of living:

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”

… and doing so, ascribing to Robert Fulghum‘s guidance:

Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school. These are the things I learned:
  • Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little green seed in the plastic cup. The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup.  They all die. So do we. And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all… L O O K ! Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation.Ecology and politics and sane living. Think of what a better world it would be if we all the whole world had cookies and milk about 3 o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and other nations to always put things back where we found them and cleaned up our own messes. And it is still true; no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

For me, it is ever crafting down to the simplicity of:

  • Living and learning character, unity, Mandarin and French, Ruhi, love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, and boxing … all the while walking with Panda, teaching business leadership, and doing my thing with Epic Engage™… and living true health and wealth.

Yup, yip, uh-huh.  Therein lies my idea of mastery and living according to kindergarten.  For now I am reminded that there are three simple steps working towards my own something cool:

  • have the big picture clearly in mind and heart
  • establish mini 90 day snapshots to be the bricks in building that something cool, and
  • execute. 

Ponder for you.  What is your simple idea of a masterful life?  Again, for me… there is more, and I will share next time.  🙂

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

NOW: November Reign

Last week, I wrote on Optimist Primed and Ready.  I think it worth a read and reflect.  For me. 🙂  I also wrote on my 3 Cents on Leadership.  Another reread for me.  I need to reread and reflect… and munch on these yet again.

This week has been eventful.  With work on the new Epic Speakernet™ we are launching and my full slate of work, there have been successes indeed; milestones in the making.  But this week has also tested Optimism.  That being said, Optimism is up to it.

Optimism is not about ignoring problems.  It is not about avoiding the negative.  It is about recognizing the good, the bad and the ugly… and knowing “we got this”.  That requires a range of virtues including Detachment, Patience, Faith, Trust, Determination, Steadfastness, Flexibility, Endurance, Forbearance, Fortitude, Courage, Resilience, Integrity and more.  I say this because virtues are latent within us.  They but need practice.  Practice makes permanent.

Back on September 26, it was world Character Day.  I love the fact that there is a recognition of its importance, and the need for it in this world.  We need character every day.  That requires, nay demands, practice.  If you have ever wished or prayed for more patience, I suggest two things.  First, don’t be surprised if the world gives you an opportunity to practice it.  Second, you do not simply receive Patience.  You practice it.  You work at it, like any craft.

Every virtue is latent within us, in potential.  To develop them, we need practice them.  We practice Acceptance and Confidence and Joyfulness.  We practice Strength and Unity.  Practice makes permanent and we are building a deeper understanding and mastery of a virtue as we become it’s student.  Character matters; and it requires work.

So, yes… this week tested my Optimism.  But, that is the point.  It remains within me.  It always has.  Indeed and now, its access is strengthened.  I am even better at putting it into practice now.  I have always found it a natural virtue for me but now I understand a deeper dive on it.  Optimism shines in the face of trial.

So, for November, I am running a very personal journey called November Reign.  I will spend the next 30 days working on my vision with a fierce and defiant Optimism.  I will own it.  It will be my reign.  Actually, and more specifically, it will be a reign of Nobility, Optimism and Wholeheartedness (NOW).  I will be the poster child for being a student of these three… Nobility in seeing and honoring the best in life, Optimism in living it, and Wholeheartedness in the energy I bring to it.  I will live my slightly and newly updated 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.

… as if it already has manifested.  It has.  I will walk this month fired up with the practice of Nobility, Optimism, and Wholeheartedness strengthened by Certitude.

More specifically, for November…

  • I will walk as a student of character
  • I will learn the very basics of conversational Mandarin
  • I will prayerfully engage in my Ruhi studies
  • I will sing, write, and live with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • I will teach business leadership at college and do my thing with Epic Engage™
  • I will eat “more than right” and walk daily.  

I will.  I will listen to The Hero Within… and a slate of Shinedown tunes like I Dare You… they are my band after all … and Wake Up … and more.  I will listen to MY music, not in some superficial pumping up kind of way … but to feed my soul.  I will reinforce the insatiable hunger for Optimism that already resides within.

I am inviting you to join me on November Reign.  It requires nothing but to take on your battle cry. Where do you need to BRING IT this month?  I mean bring it.  What do you need to do this month that will send one big cool ball hurtling into motion?

Yes, this week has had cool and great moments and conversations; and it has had walls to climb.  Yeah, Optimism is practiced.  It is built, with work.  It shines greatest when tested.  It shines greatest when we deal with the walls.  These times in which we live are a test.  But Optimism is up for it.  I am too.  How about you?

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

 

 

OPTIMIST PRIMED and READY

This past week has been eventful from … flu to fierce work; from trial to triumph.  Last week, I published this on An Invitation to Bucket.   Among other things, I noted a vision for my 60th birthday, February 20, 2020 (20022020) that went…

  • 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.

It covers 5 “buckets” of my own choosing.  As noted last week “I have opted to combine mine down to 5.

  • 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”

Yes, EDUCATION, JOY, WORK and SERVICE, HEALTH and WEALTH are my core buckets as I work towards that vision; as I live it even now.  Since crafting that vision, I have been following through and learning along the way.  Indeed, I have recorded thoughts in:

Ultimately, what I am hearing has to do with what I call the Fortitudinal Virtues… Strength, Discipline, Certitude, Trustworthiness and more… and the power that Optimism has in fueling same.

  • Helen Keller said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
  • Colin Powell said, “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
  • Lucille Ball said, “One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
  • Martin Seligman said, “Positive thinking is the notion that if you think good thoughts, things will work out well. Optimism is the feeling of thinking things will be well and be hopeful.”
  • In a prayer I love, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “O God!  Refresh and gladden my spirit.  Purify my heart.  Illumine my powers.  I lay all my affairs in Thy hand.  Thou art my Guide and my Refuge.  I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God!  I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me.  I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
    O God!  Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself.”

John F. Kennedy had it.  Indeed and amongst my earliest memories of his funeral at 3 years of age, I remember the sadness … and the optimism that he engendered in a generation.

We need that again.

I want to be part of that.

I intend to be.  I am, already.

Fiercely and humbly so.

I have another 485 days left.  This is my Everest climb, minus the physical dangers.  But the view at the 20022020 will be spectacular, if I but climb every day.  That requires character.  That requires the truest form of Optimism.  I will bring it.

My suggestion is that you ponder Optimism.  You explore it.  You process it.  You own it.  Then rise up.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

BLG

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

PS

For more on thanks… and courage, check out the broadCAST for October 2018.

PPS

Here is a beautiful video on being thankful for movies, from a student of mine.

 

A Lesson More Deeply

Yesterday, on Day 11, I posted this on Practicing Determination.  This morning, I am realizing a deeper appreciation of same.

Getting clear and committed is a dance.  Clarity requires Commitment and Commitment requires Clarity.  Both are virtues.  Both require Courage; another virtue.  The focus and follow through that comes from such is palpable.  Until and unless one gets so clear and committed, Determination is without focus.  And yet, to determine something is to get clear and committed. Hmmmmm….

Do you see where I am going?  This is a one ball.  Clarity and Commitment are determined through truthful and courageous consideration.  Once determined, they forge the foundation for Determination.

The reflection continues, but this morning I am ever more aware of the organic nature of Determination, Clarity and Commitment; and the importance of exploring and practicing them all.  This one life we know we have demands it. And it is a truly personal choice.  With my recent five buckets statement for 20022020 (my 60th birthday) in mind…

  • 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.

,,, I am ever more aware of this dance and its importance for these coming days, weeks and months.  How about you?  For what can you practice true Determination?

Peace, passion and prosperity.

BLG

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

PS

A history on the 500 days thus far…

PPS

For more on thanks… and courage, check out the broadCAST for October 2018.

PPPS

Here is a beautiful video on being thankful for movies, from a student of mine.

An Invitation to Bucket

In my return to Barry’s Blog last week, I wrote on Too Long and Too Much and Thanksgiving. Amidst this past weekend, I had a personal a-ha and it resulted in LinkedIn posts on a 500 day journey towards my 60th birthday.  Just this morning, I wrote on Commitment and Day 2.  I have long been about exploring character and building healthy unity.  The a-ha serves both.  All of that is to say, I am now extending an invitation to you and yours to walk with me on the journey.  If you decide so, discern on your buckets of interest.  I call them the ALs, as they all end in “al”.  🙂

  • Spiritual… your spiritual, soulful life
  • Emotional… relationships and love
  • Material… the stuff
  • Physical… your health
  • Financial… things money
  • Educational… what you intend to study and learn and master
  • Vocational… work, service and calling
  • Social… contributions to community
  • Inspirational… the joyful for you

Even this morning I have updated a little.  I have opted to combine mine down to 5.

  • 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

My five buckets statement to be filled by 20022020 (my 60th birthday) goes like this:

  • 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.

Those are my five for Fidelity (promise kept) and Commitment (follow through).  You need not choose 5 buckets.  Choose one, if that calls to you.  But, here is the thing.  Whenever you join the journey, we set our sights on 20022020, to have a cool, funky online celebration.  Imagine the feeling.  Join me.  I hope you do.  I dare you to…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

BLG

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

PS

For more on thanks… and courage, check out the broadCAST for October 2018.

PPS

Here is a beautiful video on being thankful for movies, from a student of mine.

 

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