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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.

 

Thanks Giving?

This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada.  But, we run those words together too often without thinking upon their meaning.  Some questions I suggest you ponder this weekend include for what and whom are you thankful, what is about those people, places, things and ideas that cause you to be thankful, and have you articulated and expressed such specifics to them?

For what are you thankful?  To whom are you thankful?  What causes you to be so?  These are important questions.  Expressing the answers to those people, or to a higher power… is important.  One exercise I like that helps to get more clear on thanks is to explore your own Ikigai.  Ask yourself what do you love and what are you good at doing?  This is the first half of your Ikigai and gets you listing “the good”.

A second activity is to take this list of 101 virtues and think of the people, places, things and ideas for which you are thankful… and attribute the why to aspects of their character.  How do they make you feel?  What states of being do they illicit?

If you want a copy of either, please let me know.

Spending time in thanks requires us to ponder that for which we are truly thankful.  Sincerity of thanks is more important than shoulding ourselves on thanks.  Find one thing for which to be truly thankful and sink your soul into that.  Then build upon it.

In the classroom and on campus, for what are you thankful?  In business, for what are you feeling thankfulness?  As a leader, what brings out such feeling?  As a student? As a parent?  For what are you sincerely grateful?  For what do you genuinely give thanks?  Have you given it?

Tell the people who need to hear.

That is thanks GIVING.

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.

Too Long and Too Much

TOO LONG

It has been way to long.  August 22 was my last post on Barry’s Blog.  Life both got in and out of the way.  I consciously and even unconsciously decided to step back and even stream line. I had to get back to what was important.  I had to re-center and align with the global goals as they relate to this soul.   That was good and needed.  But, now it has been way too long.  Now, it is time to get back on the horses.

TOO MUCH

Part of the problem was that I realized that there was way too much.  Even today, I came across this post on the power of simplicity in discerning and deciding how we ride.  I invite you to have a read.  Simplicity is a virtue; and one of focus.  As we carve away the unnecessary, we find the paramount.  For me, these past few months have been such a journey.  The result is that in the coming days, significant but simple changes will be made to this very site, and the focus of my work; education.

“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.”  These words, ring and resonate within my spirit, and through every cell in my body.  They remind me that I know.

I KNOW

I know that I choose to serve world embracing educators and entrepreneurs; those who want and intend to make the world better in the classroom and in business.  Get rich quick is not my interest.  Legacy in education and entrepreneurship is.

I know I want to work with world embracing and emerging leaders… socially conscious youth and community activants who want to powerfully and practically change the world.

I know that I want to do that through my teaching, speaking and coaching.  I know I want to do that by exploring character leadership and unity building.  I know that I want to deliver on that through speaking, singing and a myriad of modalities.  I know. I do.

I know that I am an educator and that it is my life’s work.

And, I know that everything requires everything and to be ready, I must do the work.

THEN, IT GOT MORE CLEAR

Then, last Friday, we had our first ever lockdown at College.  Oh, yes we did.  Without going into detail now, I also now know at a much more palpable level that I want to be physically strong and healthy to do this work.  Indeed, at a session I facilitated this past Tuesday with the Single Parent Association (my twentieth year doing pro bono work for that wonderful organization)… and one with the Atlantic Halfway House Association the week before… I found myself articulating same.  The carriage must support the rider.  The body must effectively sustain and carry the mind and heart.

Ultimately, there is a new simplicity here.  No plans nor goals are at the core here.  What is at core is a simple understanding is that this horse needs to be healthy to run with the other horses.  In so doing, much of what my heart and mind deeply seeks to achieve will be served and reached.

Where do you need to go for less over more?  Where do you need to simplify and focus?  How can you get essential?  Your life may already be way too much for way too long.  It may be time to choose and prioritize.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

BLG

 

9 WORDS and MEANING

In my last Barry’s Blog post on May 31, I noted that I had been going through and on a strategic process.  Since that time, I have continued that process while blogging professionally on LinkedIn weekly.  The journey has been interesting these past almost 3 months, both purposeful and random.  For a sense of what I have been up to, I invite you to fully read and engage WELCOME HOME.

That being said and offered, for now… I will say this.  Just yesterday, and after cool conversations and even some disrupting news, I had a powerful moment of clarity around my personal philosophy, vision and mission… that means much to me… and I will probably explore in future weekly installments here.

MY PHILOSOPHY

Everything requires everything. Everything you deeply and wholeheartedly desire requires you to bring everything you are to the table.

MY VISION

to BE ready. I am less about hustle and more about flow.  I ride the waves, and respond to them.  I make sure I am aware… of myself and opportunities… and I follow to lead.

MY MISSION

DO the work.  I will work the practice and practice the work, to be ready to serve.

What might be your three-word philosophy?  How about your three word vision, and mission?  Nine words that can have meaning, for you.  I believe that philosophy, vision and mission are more important to your own understanding.  What they manifest and offer to the world will be of interest to those you serve.  So, my name is Barry Lewis Green.  I believe that everything requires everything.  I am to be ready.  I will do the work.

I will let deeds, not words, be my adorning.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Check out these past posts on:

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  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …

What is Your Reset?

I have been going through a strategic process or journey (conscious and unconscious) these past few months.  I expect it to continue during my summer “break” throughout my work with youth and community engagement.  During this time and on LinkedIn I have been sharing posts such as:

… among others.  This is all to say that the strategic exploration has been both purposeful and accidental.  It is not unlike traveling a river and finding multiple excursions along the way.

What I am realizing is that there is a reset underway.  It is not a wholesale reset of life, as there is much in my life I want and intend to keep.  It is more of a sharpening of the blades, to cut away the needless distractions and focus my energies and talents in ways that better fit what LP Jacks terms as 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.”

For me, that is returning to the process that started this all in Aim High… and then 5 Questions of Clarity. For me, what is ever more clear this day (amidst one of the busiest weeks of the year and the news of the passing of someone who meant something more to me) is:

SPIRIT/VISION: fiercely walk with Honor and Love.

MISSION:  I endlessly champion character and unity.

ACTIONS: I do so through studying, practicing, playing, working, leading, following, teaching, speaking, coaching, dialoguing, facilitating, training, writing, singing, dancing, cartooning, and creating on same. I do so through prayer, play and profession.  I do so through my own full on road to health; mind, body, spirit, and soul.

SUCCESS: I define my success by effort, not outcome.

HAPPINESS: I enjoy the ride by making aligned choices that I go Hell Yeah on.

Even as I write this, I know this.  Amidst all of the ducks in life, I know this is my path to lead, for me.  Every cell in my body feels this.  It does not matter if its articulation to the world varies.  I know this is me; and that my actions will speak the rest.  My deeds, not words will be my adorning.

Yes, there is a reset underway.  But, like any great reset… it is about getting back to something, and doing away with the dross and distraction that might have accumulated.

By the way, I should note that unity is not uniformity nor is it everyone sitting around and singing kumbaya.  It is finding your best place and letting others find theirs.  In so doing, we all work together, whether we actually work together.  Finding your place builds unity in diversity.  That is the kind of unity that is organic, dynamic and serves us all.  That is the kind of unity I champion.  Live and let live.  Learn and let learn.  Lead and let lead.  You get it.  🙂

What is your reset?  Answer those 5 questions.  Make it real.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Check out these past posts on:

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  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

 

 

 

Being You is Not a Science

The past couple of weeks or so, I have been exploring strategy; particularly that of being you.  It was explored in:

And then, this morning, I came across this on HIRE ME.  IMHO, brilliant.  🙂  Yet, I see some of the comments saying that others would try this.  Creativity is not copying.  Individuality is not mimicking.  Being you is not hitching a ride on the coat tails of someone you admire.  It is a courageous and truthful exploration of who the hell you truly are, at your best.

Prince knew it.

He sung of it.

Being you is not a science, but an art.  It is an exploration of the now.  Our best branding, personally and professionally, is grounded in it.  As we do, we are known.

This Monday, I speak on it.  At MoMondays, I share the stage with Krista Walsh, Jon Butler, Christa Steeves and Suzanne Bloodworth.  I am looking forward to the messages of these wonderful and talented people.  My own message will be a deep, cool and even fun dive into finding that clear focus of you.  I hope you join me and us for a fun evening of exploring inspiration.  Tickets are apparently online ’til this evening… then $20 at the door.  It will be a great evening.

Ultimately: Be you, and see where that takes you.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, speaker, coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths of character and building upon them. As a business educator and Master Facilitator with The Virtues Project™, Barry is The Unity Guy™ and his work is focused on character education and leadership … and its impact on build powerful, practical unity that moves us forward together. 

EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic service is all about working with educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders to help build strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community. It s about building campuses, companies and communities where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

And I invite you to check out these posts on:

PPS

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

Been a While

My Panda knows who she is; and that is a blessing.

Hey folks and friends… it has been awhile; undertaking a bit of a retreat (or maybe an advance lol).  Part of the result has been thoughts contained within… The Book on Happiness and To ERE is Human and Aim High and this on Virtues and Values.

And, then there was this on the 4 Sides of 1.

All of this is to say that it has been a time of strategic reflection; a good thing indeed.  I do recommend doing a bit of a dive on Aim High.  I think it worth your time.  It started one healthy and strategic process that is impacting my life, personally and professionally.

The bottom line, for me and for now, is a return to the truth of LP Jacks when he said:

  • “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.”

I think we can learn much from nature.  A wolf does not question it’s nature.  It does not doubt it is a wolf.  It acts upon its knowing.  This is true of all creatures.  There is a knowing, inherent.  Sometimes, maybe often times, we let our thinking get in the way of our knowing.  We are who we are, free of some self imposed need to label.

Who are you?  In answering that, “Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.”  For me, the journey continues; I encourage yours.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, speaker, coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths of character and building upon them. As a business educator and Master Facilitator with The Virtues Project™, Barry is The Unity Guy™ and his work is focused on character education and leadership … and its impact on build powerful, practical unity that moves us forward together. 

EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic service is all about working with educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders to help build strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community. It s about building campuses, companies and communities where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

And I invite you to check out these posts on:

PPS

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

14 Days to Devotion, and Health

It has been almost a month since posting to this blog.  A very nasty flu and several projects took me away.  Among them, an event in Marystown referenced here… an event and conversation around Wholeness and Health… and an exploration of Devotion, as strength.  In some ways, these did not truly take me away, but focused me on what needs to be done.

All of that is to say that these next couple of weeks, for me, are all about sharpening the blades on Devotion, Health and Wholeheartedness.  We live in a demanding world where many of the demands are contrived and not truly purposeful.  How do we find that focus calling to us?  Over these next two weeks, and leading up to Spring… my intent to get ever more clear on:

  • My SPIRIT… my desired and authentic countenance and spirit.
  • My MISSION… my clear purpose.
  • My ACTIONS… my core and consistent actions to serve SPIRIT and MISSION.
  • My SUCCESS… my clear definition of what success looks like for me, going forward.
  • My HAPPINESS… my sharpened sense of how I will enjoy the ride.

Yes, the acronym is SMASH™… and my intent is to identify unambiguous statements as to each… statements that will focus my Devotion and Wholeheartedness ever better.  And, I will share here, along the way.

I hope you join me.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, speaker, coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths of character and building upon them. As a business educator and Master Facilitator with The Virtues Project™, Barry is The Unity Guy™ and his work is focused on character education and leadership … and its impact on build powerful, practical unity that moves us forward together. 

EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic service is all about working with educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders to help build strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community. It s about building campuses, companies and communities where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

And I invite you to check out these posts on:

PPS

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

13 GREAT Days Ahead

Last week, I posted on Promoting Healthy Minds and Wellness.  In it, I noted…

“… on Wednesday, February 21 (one day after my 58th birthday and a time I intend to be approaching a 40″ waist), I am excited to say CAPS will be offering a public event at the College of the North Atlantic… and I will be sharing on my own thoughts and perspectives and experience around healthy minds and wellness.  The event will be in the L201 Lecture Theater of the Prince Phillip Drive Campus of the College, running 7:00-8:00 pm.  More details to follow, but admission is FREE, and you can reserve a seat by emailing here.  Ultimately you will walk away with five simple but powerful strategies for advancing healthy minds and wellness; strategies I use personally on my own road.”

As I approach my 58th birthday, 13 days from now, I have been particularly focusing on my own state of mind and body, and I am looking forward to sharing my own hard won and well earned thoughts on same; and I hope you join me.  I think I have something to say that will add value and joy.

On top of that, at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s on Friday and Saturday, February 16-17, I will be sharing some short thoughts and insights on matters similar… at an event being held by Enactus CNA; 15 minutes each evening.  I am looking forward to all three events.  And, I am taking this morning to sharpen the focus and the blades on running up to my birthday.

I intend to be a comfortable 42″ waist by then.  I am beginning (this weekend) with a 6 week program called the Beat Barry Challenge, where I will be walking the weekend warrior walks, racking up the steps and seeing who in Krista Walsh’s Fusion Winter Challenge can beat those steps. It will both engage my fierce but friendly sense of competition… and facilitate my own continued journey.  It fits for my mind and body; so very much.

Bottom line, I am setting a mini challenge for myself, setting a clear goal of a comfortable 42″ waist by February 20.  That is clear and specific.  It is important to me because I have so much I want and intend to do, going into my 59th year; powerfully and palpably so.  I will measure it by mirror and pants feel.  I will consistently work on it, by walking at least 30,000 steps each weekend… at least… and then 15,000 steps each day during the workweek.  I will drink water and herbal tea.  I will continue to eat responsibly as well.

How about you?  Want to set a short term 10-13 day challenge of your own… for health or whatever?  What specific goal would it be?  Why is it important and relevant?  How will you evaluate progress?  What consistent actions will you take?  What is your time frame (I am suggesting 10-13 days)?  I invite you to choose and follow through on a GREAT goal of your own, with me.

Are you with me?

We got this.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

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  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

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