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KEEP ON, KEEPING ON

Last week, I wrote on KEEP WALKING.  I was first tempted to call this blog KEEP ON, KEEPING ON.  In fact, I will … and have.

I am making progress on my waistline; one inch down… and feeling good.  Now, I keep moving.  I keep going.  Steadfastness is a virtue.  I call it Determination on steroids.  You cannot stop Steadfast.  Combine that with Flexibility and you have the power of water.  Try stopping it.  If you dam it up, it will seep into the land or evaporate and still finds its way back to the ocean.  No wonder that Bruce Lee suggested that we be like water.

In conversation yesterday with a soon-to-be new contributor to our broadCAST Team, Kathy Noseworthy, we were talking about her interest in, and passion for, active living.  She suggested that it is important to find the types of activities you enjoy.  I believe I first heard Covert Bailey in the 90s reference same.  Personality, temperament, and character must be accounted for in choosing activities for active living.

Please do not suggest I sit on a stationary bike or walk a treadmill.  For my temperament…. booooring.  I need variety and change, regularly so.  My home based gym is set up for such.  So is Salsa dancing.  Salsa will be a primary thrust for this Summer as I loooove it, and have time to do it.  My intent is to get back into a lifestyle of dance; the more varied the better.  Plus there is choosing different weekly hikes.  Variety.  Change. Diversity.  For me, it is vital.

It would be best for me to keep it simple and flexible, deciding that I will be active 1-2 hours a day, whatever that activity… and deciding I will eat healthy but have a variety of simple and easy solutions in the house, from which to choose.

Consider your temperament.  What types of physical activity best fits.  Team sports?  Gym work? Hiking?  Dancing?  Running?  Swimming?  Else?  As has been noted to me, the best exercise you can do is the one you truly enjoy.  I am sure this can also be said for food preferences.  I am in the process, with a gypsy summer ahead, to find my best and most fun practices for eating and exercise.  I am going to go back to the SLOWER model (see the free eBook here) and determine and design my best patterns for:

  • SLEEP
  • LAUGHTER
  • OXYGEN
  • WATER
  • EXERCISE
  • REAL FOOD

I am going to determine and design what best and naturally works for my temperament which is Dreamer-Connector-Mover-Thinker-Builder in that order.  Dreamers are driven by vision.  Connectors are driven by feeling.  Movers are driven by action.  Thinkers are driven by logic. Builders are driven by structure.  We have all five in us, but our ingredients of each differ in combination.  For the Dreamer-Connector-Mover-Thinker-Builder in me, I know what will honor my spirit for eating and exercise… with a sense of daily vision, allowing myself to experience joy, and acting on it.  I less need science or structure.  Simple and active will drive my gypsy summer.

How about you?

Time to keep on, keeping on.

Barry Lewis Green, aka

Keep Walking

Last week, I wrote on GROWTHeries, CDs and Problem Solving.  This week, I have little to add except I feel a slimming happening, and I am 8 days away from my first milestone of 44″ waist.  I am excited.  I am working towards my vision.

In so doing, I reference this collection of thoughts heading into Summer… for my own inspiration, ideas and initiative.

We keep walking.  🙂

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka

GROWTHeries, CDs and Problem Solving

Last week, I shared on my GROWTHery List.  It is my Summer plan.  Today, I share my 20020202 Vision in visual form.  The former is the beginning of a 9 month process (and a continuation of the original year long process set in February).  The latter is the intended  culmination of that process.

The technical definition of a problem is the discrepancy between an existing state and a desired state.  In other words, it is the difference between where we are and where we want to be.

By establishing this current GROWTHery List, I have established new starting points.  By referencing my CD (commitment declaration lol), I have established my desired state.  Now, it is time for execution.

Consider where you are and where you need to be.  Get specific.  Then determine a plan to get your there. Get specific there too. Dream the plan and plan the dream.

Whether we are talking leadership, education or entrepreneurship at school, work, business and community… or life and family… whether we are talking career or health… get fierce with it. And, keep it simple.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

My GROWTHery List

Last post, I wrote of beyond engaged.  And now, it is resulting is this detailed and aligned Summer Plan 2019.  The plan includes the following to be experienced by September 3, 2019.:

  • 38” Waist, Lean and Strong
  • LEARNING
    • MBa – Character Leadership and Unity Building
    • Mandarin Intensive
    • French Intensive
    • Ruhi Intensive
  • PLANNING
    • CNA Plan
    • MUN Plan
    • W.E.A.L.T.H. Plan
  • Epic Engage™, September 1 Renewed Launch
    • Bplan: Website, Materials and All Functions and Services
    • VPIA
    • ViP Enterprise, 5th Strategy and Epic Design
    • #hUmaNITY™ and blackwing™
    • Online and Social Media Presence
      • LI: TUG/EE/Groups/Blogs/Video/SSI
      • FB: TUG/EE, #hUmaNITY, ROCKfox, BBB, Groups, Video
      • Instagram, Twitter, You Tube
      • Barry’s Blog
    • Speakernet
      • Deliver™
      • Thinking CAPS™
      • Speakeasies™ PODcast
      • Partnering on Epic Stories

It is my growthery list for Summer 2019?  What is yours?

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

Beyond Engaged

My last post here was about being engaged.  This morning, I posted this on integrity.  I suggest both reads.  For me, the answers are right under my nose and closer than my life vein.  They impact all arenas of my life.

They confirm the Wisdom of my nine milestone goals, and my dreams and plans.

The greatest and most constructive “disruption” is to align your team of four.

It is getting beyond engaged.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

Engaged!

Last week, I wrote on Simple, Man.  This morning, I wrote on LinkedIn on D4: Discernment, Detachment, Decisiveness and Discipline.  In it, I suggested a three step process of:

  • STEP ONE. Discern and Detach.
  • STEP TWO. Decide
  • STEP THREE. Do with Discipline

I strongly encourage a read of both posts.  Either way, and this morning… I am understanding, better than I ever have, the importance of execution.

Those goals have been discerned and decided with a detached spirit.  They have been through the ringer of reflection.  In them, I am clear, courageous and confident.

There is no more work left in gaining clarity.  There is work in further discerning on progress.  But, the real work is in execution; in DISCIPLINE.

GOING FORWARD

Going forward, these personal blog posts on Barry’s Blog will center on effort and progress up to and including February 20, 2020 and my 60th birthday… and will focus on the role character plays in having the Discipline to achieve these well discerned, detached and decided goals.  It will be focused on realizing and living that original vision:

  • It is 20022020, and I am a master and lifelong student of the global body of work around character leadership and unity building. I work with noble minded and hearted leaducators, communitrepreneurs and emergents in advancing same. In so doing, 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.

This will be a milestone journey for me on many levels; journaling the exploration of my sense of character in striving to be the person we best are and want to be.  I will be drawing on my own expertise, experience and exploration in doing so.

In some important ways, I am considering myself the proverbial figure within the stone that Michelangelo referenced as his approach to sculpting.  Such a model incorporates the twin notions of being and becoming because we are simply carving out.  This will be such a process for me, and I invite you to follow and engage the road.  Who knows what we might learn?

Could be applicable at school, work, business and community.

As Jean-Luc Picard might say, “Engage”.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

Simple, Man

Last week, I wrote on Simpler and HonesterWow, I did not realize how much that would impact me, consciously and otherwise.  Over the last year in particular, I have been purposefully reflecting on meaning for me in and for what I keep calling “the next chapter”.  Specifically, back in March of 2018, I wrote on Aim High.  It considered 5 areas worthy of questions, answers and reflection.  And I wrote The Book on Happiness in that month.  In April of last year, I wrote on #FTSF$%#K the Script…. and Find Your Simplicity… and What is Your Ikigai?  In May 2018, I wrote on 5 Questions for Clarity… and Finding Your Scriptand your fit.   The blogging continued on a variety of topics related to my work (including purposeful reflection) and in January 0f 2019, I wrote on The Tr’a’at is Talking…. Manifest, Oh! and Do the Work.  In February, The BIG Cool Work and Our Universal Three… about Remembering who you are, Readying yourself every day and Rising in action and service.  Indeed, this meandering exploration of me heated up with A Birthday Wish and:

It might seem that this is all I have blogged on, but I write a lot of blogs.  🙂  That being said, and in and amidst all of this reflection and journaling (out of the seeming complexity of same), two things arise for me.

  • FIRST, I suggest meandering has a purpose.  It is called exploration.  Indeed, I suggest any and all of the reads above to nudge your own meandering reflection.
  • SECOND, by traveling the road or river and all its meandering, you invariably arrive at a destination point of sorts for at least that leg of the journey.  For me, that has just happened.

The Next Landing Point

These past few weeks in particular, I have had questions asked of me randomly that have surfaced some realizations and remembrances.  I have had huge and heartfelt disappointments and wondrous surprises that have done same.  And, with it all, there has been almost a bubbling up or boiling down of some simple truths.  Recalling passions, purpose and more.

Specifically, the other day, in a conversation around age of all things, someone asked me how I might describe myself in terms of age.  My answer was quick, forthright and lovingly forceful (and unplanned).  I said that I consider myself a “force of nature”.

I don’t give a “rat’s arse” what number or category you want to apply.  I am thunder and lightning with the “and” in between.  Well, that got me thinking; that and those other direct and unexpected questions along the way.  Actually, it got me realizing some undeniable truths for me.  Undeniable truths are the destination point for reflection.  You are trying to get to them, in terms of your very soul.  Everything else is wishy-washy.  So, what are my undeniables?  I include them here as to what my soul screams in a whisper and not necessarily as how I have been living or not living it of late.

  • In the work I do and the life I live, I am a force of nature, unconstrained as the wind. I live to create, learn and teach for a damn freakin’ better world.  I am an outlier and a misfit who loves humanity.  I revere the human spirit, reveling in it.  Humanity rocks.  Inhumanity rots.  I am accountable to and unapologetically confident in humanity; and my deep desire to live and serve it.  I am not perfect, nor do I believe in it as a noun.  I have made and will make doozies of mistakes. BUT, I damn well sure believe in perfect as a verb.  Perfecting and raising my character is not part of me.  It is me.  In that, I have got a four let word for I don’t care… a whole lotta drive to get me there. I do not care about fame nor fortune, but I live for fierce.  I will work, live, love and play with what I call “activants”; those people who do not want to change the world… they are doing it by their very living in it. No kumbaya.  All, bring it.  I love and live fiercely. Untempered.  Unconstrained, Unconditional. Period.  Force of nature. Dangerous. In the best of ways.  When I am fiercely honest with myself, I love and live like a weapon when the order is “fire everything”. In life and work, I love the extremes of inward, slow and gentle to gregarious, fast and forceful.  I am a creator, student, teacher, singer, dancer, writer, cartoonist on all things character.  I fiercely contend it is the path to vibrant, dynamic, exciting and future driven unity.  And, I loooove that.  I am Barry (Lewis Green).  I am The Unity Guy thing.

This will always evolve in terms of articulation and vocabulary.  But it will not in terms of spirit.  That being said, have I been living this fully?  No.  I have been tempered for way too long, hoping to be comfortable for as many people as possible.  Comfort is good, but it can also be cowardly and complacent.  I want neither.  Never have, though I have tempered myself.  This past year, and over the 4 years since stroke, I have been slowly but steadfastly getting to a space where the shy but immensely creative boy merges with the confident, “successful” but somehow overly-responsible-to-the-wrong-things-and-people man.  It is what drives my nine milestone goals for this year ahead of my next birthday.  The result is and will be some new best of both worlds.  This silly boy and fierce man are one.

Now, many who know or think they know me might say that that is what they see and experience right now, but it is not.  98% pure water is not pure.  And pure is what my soul craves.  No tempering or tampering down.

Does this mean no mistakes?  Hell no.  It does mean I am choosing to get back to and even move the needle on Hell Yeah.  It does mean a rediscovering of an energy buried a bit, for too long.  It does mean a new found kind of boom.

Quite recently, I have been introduced to the music of Damien Rice, LP, Zaz and Brass Against… among others.  Each time, I hear a song that touches my soul, I know.  I don’t have to think about it.  I freakin’ know.  Each time, I meet a person who does the same to and for me, I know.  Each time, I run across a cause that does the very same, I know.  I know. You do too.  You just have to tap in and open up.

Look, conformity for conformity’s sake is numbness.  Conformity for not rocking the boat, is repression and oppression.  Conformity to fit in is a slow death.  I want neither.  I am not in favour of strife nor contention.  But being who you are is not about trying to offend.  Trying to offend is another form of posing.  Asserting your voice is simply finding your place.  As a kid, I knew my voice, all the while learning to speak it.

For You

For you, who might be reading this… here, are my humble suggestions.  First, try out some of the blogs noted and start dabbling or diving in.  Second, practice Courage and Honesty in doing so.  Third, understand that the goal and eventual reality is that you will come to a simple understanding and that is that knowing who you are is right under your nose around about where your heart is found.

In one of my blogs, I suggest that the stars are the Soul, the captain who sets course by the stars is the heart, and the navigator/helmsman is the mind who figures out the way there.  The ship itself is the body.  Understand that and let your soul be your guide, your heart make your best decisions, your mind figure the way, and your best body carry you there.

That is this simple man‘s plan.  Everything else is settling.  To Hell with that.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

Simpler and Honester :-)

I know “Honester” is not a word, but I had to… I had to write it.  Last week, I wrote simple and honest.  In it, I wrote (amongst other things)…

  • Since initially articulating my focus on these 9 milestones, real and encouraging progress is happening. https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/t4c/1/16/1f642.pngThat being said, I have been restless of late. It is today that I realize why.  There is a purpose to all of these. It is born of being ready for what I have been calling the “next chapter”. But there is still a depth and breadth of Honesty that needs manifesting for me now.  

That simple honesty of spirit has continued this week.  Clarity is burning off any clouds remaining.  On Tuesday evening and Wednesday, I recorded and wrote on what I call Pendulum Learning.  I humbly recommend the aforementioned reads and views.  Regardless, all of this is to say that Simplicity and Honesty are huge in living and working a meaningful life.  With that in mind, over these last months, I have sharpened the blades on my own clarity at work.

  • In the work I do, and the life I live, I create, learn and teach… for a better world. I revere the human spirit; am accountable to it and unapologetically confident in it … and my desire to serve it. I fiercely serve Optimism, grounded in the exploration of character, strengthened by Discipline to get better. I choose to work with noble minded and world embracing leaders, educators and entrepreneurs for that better world at school, work, business and community. Yes, I am a creator, student and teacher on character leadership and education. I am The Unity Guy.

Language does matter.  I have been working on that clarity and purposefully journaling in blog form, exploring my narrative, and moving forward with it. I am catching up with myself.

Professionally, I am clear on what I do and who I serve, simple and honest.  Personally, I am clearing some fog around the simple and honest Barry who does that work and lives that life. So:

In the work I do, and the life I live, I create, learn and teach… for a better world. I revere the human spirit; am accountable to it and unapologetically confident in it … and my desire to serve it. I fiercely serve Optimism, grounded in the exploration of character, strengthened by Discipline to get better. I choose to work with noble minded and world embracing leaders, educators and entrepreneurs for that better world at school, work, business and community. Yes, I am a creator, student and teacher on character leadership and education. I am The Unity Guy. And, I live my life accordingly… healthy and strong, FIERCELY living, loving, working and playing.  Simple and Honest.  You can only catch what you can see.  And I see.  

FOR YOU

My suggestion is this.  Invest the time.  Do not overthink, but be reflective.  Look for the simple and honest answers as to who you are, what you do and for whom you do it best.  Be courageous and truthful.  Do not pose.  Be real.

Ask yourself…

What moves you?  What sustains you?  What reaches your spirit?  Dig, go deeper, look right under your nose and into your heart.  Consider what you love and that at which you are most skilled.  Consider what the world needs more of you on.  Ponder your sense of purpose and passion.  Find ways to honor them.  Find ways to be simple and honest.  Life is short and it freakin’ matters.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

Simple and Honest

A few days ago, I wrote on Your 4 Best Horsemen.  In it, I suggested that “Last night, amidst a circus of emotions and though singing the tunes, I thought of 4 words that I now choose to guide me up and into Summer, whereupon I spend 2 months with my bestie and soul sister visiting.  HEALTH. WORK. SIMPLE. LOVE.”  Then earlier today, I posted on broadCASTing Your Ideas.

Tonight, I posted this on Facebook.

  • Since initially articulating my focus on these 9 milestones, real and encouraging progress is happening. That being said, I have been restless of late. It is today that I realize why.  There is a purpose to all of these. It is born of being ready for what I have been calling the “next chapter”. But there is still a depth and breadth of Honesty that needs manifesting for me now.  At this place and space in my life, I am ready. I am ready for a healthier, stronger Barry. I am ready for a more simple and focused life filled with the work I love. I am ready for a life of Panda, dancing, singing, movies, and “coffees”… much of which I have now, but more. And I am finally ready for love; not contrived nor forced nor urgent but when it arrives… I am ready… without plan or intent or timing in mind. Why do I offer this? It does not change who I am or what I do. But, as I approach a Summer that will be remarkable (and it will be)… I need to articulate… to say the words. I will be healthy and strong. I will do the work I love. I will be singing and dancing and doing all the things I love. And, I will be ready. Yeah, I needed to say the words. I have done so. Now, on to living.

All of that is to say that two things occur to me this evening; the power of Simplicity and Honesty.  Get clear on what you truly want, and say it.  Then, go live.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

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Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

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Your Best 4 Horsemen

Last week, I wrote on a Discerning Mind. Indeed, these last few days in particular, I have had opportunity to practice.  You see, this weekend marks the 4th anniversary of my mother’s passing to the Next Realm (as I affectionately call it).  I wrote this on Facebook to honor her.

This is a picture of my mother before she was my mother, or a grandmother or great grandmother. I offer this on this day, 4 years after her passing to the Next Realm after 92 years… because it reminds me that lives are more than our memories.  My memories of Marion Green (and my dad Malcolm Green) are grounded in my experiences. But both were people… were young… had their joys and fears… their strengths and challenges… like us all.  They lived. This 4th anniversary is the hardest so far for me… not exactly sure why. My faith is strong. Earned too. I know that. I do not fear that mom or dad or anyone is “gone” or that I have “lost” them. But I miss them both… in this world. Not out of some obsession with memory. I miss the people they were. I am also reminded this day that none of us “get out of life alive” as a mentor and friend once said. Our unconscious sense of invincibility is to be in question. That is not morbid. It expresses the importance of living in this life… truly living. It was a powerful message in “5 Feet Apart” (which I will see again) yesterday… among other very cool moments. Today is hard for me… and it should be. I own it. It is mine. Hard is not awful. It can create a sense of Awe. My life is a gift to me. Our lives are gifts. Watch Dead Poet Society and hear the Professor’s words. Carpe Diem. Seize the Day. This day, I seize the “missing”. I feel it. I embrace it as hard as that is. It is mine. It helps define me and my appreciation for life. Even more importantly, it reminds me that our lives are not a series of pictures or posts… or popularity. My life is mine to use and grow and experience as best I can. Our life is a gift… then appreciating it is more than unwrapping it. It is using it, loving it. This picture speaks to me of a person I never knew … but did. She lived… as Marion Macdonald Green. Miss you mom… and that is a good thing. I think this day is a day for Chapters, Cape Spear, prayer and dreams. My life matters. So does yours.

Rereading this, it still resonates for me today.  As I sang last night, it resonated; choosing songs like Making Plans for Nigel, Auberge and It’s Not My Time.

As well today is the First Day of Ridvan… a sacred time for Baha’is around the world.  And, it is Passover and Easter.  On Good Friday, as noted in my tribute of sorts, I watched “Five Feet Apart” and highly recommend it.  It all has got me thinking about Simplicity, as virtue.

Last night, amidst a circus of emotions and though singing the tunes, I thought of 4 words that I now choose to guide me up and into Summer, whereupon I spend 2 months with my bestie and soul sister visiting.

  • HEALTH
  • WORK
  • SIMPLE
  • LOVE

From this day, April 21 through to June 20, health will guide every decision.  My work as The Unity Guy™ in class and beyond will be a fierce focus only doing what fits… as I enter Intersession at college and a launch of new work with Epic Engage™.  I will sacrifice the less important for the more, in doing so.  I will live simple and with love, practicing Contentment in and amidst the urgency of life.

HEALTH.  WORK. SIMPLE. LOVE.  I am calling them my four horsemen for the now.  They fit my plans. There is alignment. What four words could guide you these next few months?  What four words can be your promise to yourself; at school, work, business and/or community?

Peace, passion and prosperity…

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Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

broadCAST April 2019

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The Character of Leadership

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