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Content Meant 2021

In A Youthful Reminder, I was inspired by Penelope. Check it out. But inspired must lead to action… to be truly inspired. And, I am.

Thanks again Penelope. As my new website is developed and delivered for my next birthday, February 20, 2021, I realize and recognize some of that inspiration.

This morning, I posted on Facebook…

  • I find it interesting what occurs in our minds in the waking hours. For me, anyway.This morning, the thought popped in that one month from now, the needle moves to 61.I don’t know what that means to anyone else.For me, it means 61 years of living… lessons, love, laughter and more.For me, it means 61 years of mistakes and successes… of ups and downs. For me, it means 61 years of both fear and courage.For me, it means 61 years of life and work and experience.For me, it means that whatever Wisdom and even expertise I have it is because of my readiness to learn. Also for me, it means, whatever life has in store, I still bring my lessons, hopes and dreams and love.Yeah, I do not know what 61 means.You may have your own understanding. But for me, my intent is more singing, dancing, teaching, learning, cartooning, writing, creating and loving.My days with Panda now remind me of the ups and downs, ins and outs… and how they are part of life. In one month, the needle moves.And I move now, forward.

Then, again this morning, in response to a colleague, I indicated that my business model and concept for the work I do is changing… fundamentally. I no longer see myself as a “speaker”. I have a purpose, passion and expertise and I deliver in myriad ways on that… speaking is but one way. Singing, dancing, cartooning, writing, vlogging, blogging, acting and creating are others. They are delivery platforms.

We need be cautious in confusing what we actually study and deliver on from how we deliver it. We need to distinguish between the body of knowledge we have deep interest and expertise in, and how we deliver on same. Content and delivery are both important, but not the same. When both are clear and strong, we have the capacity what I affectionately call content meant. And Contentment.

Therein I find my Optimism primed. I am increasingly finding mine.

Find yours.

And on this Inauguration Day, may we each increasingly find ours.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

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

A Youthful Reminder

In Noble Rising, I noted “The world needs us, our nobly created us… each of us. Character is called for in these times and moving forward. It is called for at home, school, work, business and community.”

This weekend, I had the opportunity to chat with Penelope on the fun she is having, doing her own noble service. I was inspired. Check it out. Children, youth and kids are not the future; they are the present forging the future. Thanks Penelope for reminding me. Your message, Enthusiasm, Joyfulness and Service engage me as I walk my own road with Panda and her health, teaching and serving. I needed that.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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

Noble Rising

In Nothing to Report?, I said “… things are happening, things are changing. I am in self reflection.”

I was, and am.

It is 2021, and the days of uncertainty continue. Personally, I deeply hold that we are in historic times and that we will make it.

With work, and character.

And over these days, and amidst memorizing these words of Baha’u’llah that I have chosen to adopt as my own “code” for which to strive life long, , I am also reminded of these words deeply held sacred and believed.

  • “Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created.”

Exchange your name for thee and thou and thyself. Let that sink in. Understand what it says about your noble spirit.

There are 44 days until my next birthday, and the gift I choose to give myself is to have these words sink in to my very bones, cells and atoms. Rise then, in the practice of Nobility.

The world needs us, our nobly created us… each of us. Character is called for in these times and moving forward. It is called for at home, school, work, business and community. It is called for in order for us to move forward together, stronger. What does your noble spirit look like, in practice and in action? Imagine that countenance and gate. I am.

I am imagining what that more assured and humble step looks like, with the intention of living and working it. I am imagining it at home, school, work, business and community. The words above are being transformed into a personal vision of the man I chose to be.

How about you?

Come on up for the rising.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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

Nothing to Report?

Last week in Mind-full on Mindful, I shared some links and thoughts on Mindfulness. Worth the read, I humbly offer and suggest. This morning, I practiced same in considering Cooperation. And, earlier this week, I shared on alignment. All of this is to say that I have nothing to report this week.

Except…

… things are happening, things are changing. I am in self reflection. Also, and in so doing, I continue to memorize these words. I am intent on memorizing them by December 31, 2020.

Why?

Alignment.

My teaching, my learning, my business, my work, my service and my joy are undergoing a sharpening… guided by these words I now reference as my “Code“.

My website is soon to be renewed. It will be guided by these words; not directly … but infused by the spirit. My walk with Panda and her health will be guided thusly. My walking into 2021 will be wholly guided by these words.

Indeed, there is nothing to report this morning. Except… alignment matters… big time… for not only our “success” but our health and joy. Next week, and after the New Year, things will have changed. Then, I can truly report. For now, what I will sincerely and assertively and humbly say is … find those words to which you will align your deeds… find those words that articulate your countenance and gate in 2021 going forward. Find them in existing prose, poetry or pronouncement… or find your own.

But make them aligned soulfully.

That said…

  • I wish you a Happy New Year’s Eve
  • I wish you a 2021 of growth inward and outward
  • I wish you a 2021 of alignment
  • and, I wish you a year of …

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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

Mind-full on Mindful

In broadCAST December 2020, I shared that I am now focusing on these words, “Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts.” And, I will be for the next few days and into Christmas Day. First, the broadCAST this month is rich in contributions by so many wonderful people and I thoroughly recommend the experience. Second, and in response to this article just forwarded by a good friend, I offer up on Mindfulness.

I am mindful of those words now… Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. And Mindfulness matters. It is indeed a virtue and, as such, can be practiced. Awake. Aware. Alert. Considerate. Graceful.

Nature is mindful. Our fellow creatures are. Mindful is present, not prone to the obsession with past and worry of future. Mindful is now. The Zone.

And so I am mindful of Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. It is a focus of my thoughts, clear and pure these next few days in particular.

For me, Mindfulness is about doubling down on the primary focus, accepting, accounting and appreciating… for my life to date and forward.

I say this, in part, because in concluding my College Term and walking my path with Panda these days, today I am feeling a bit of a weariness. My containment and discipline over these last months and weeks almost gives way to a crash and collapse. Almost.

I am aware of what my mind, body and spirit are saying. I am increasingly aware of the still, small voice of my Soul saying, “Takes these coming days and be mindful.” Mindful is not about a full mind but about awareness. That requires so many virtues in practice.

But I suggest, at heart, it requires Simplicity.

And it requires Dominion and Candor.

Taking ownership of our lives inside and out. Emotional Intelligence manifested. Meaning explored. Our own fire and grace accepted.

2020 has been one heckuva year. 2021 brings no promises. Of that we need be mindful. Rest and reset, both matter. To be “ready”, we need be mindful of where we are, when we are, who we are, how we are. We need be mindful of presence for us to present ourselves to the world.

Over this Season, I intend to use my prayer space and our modest little home as Bat Cave if you will…. to go inward to better live Barry outward. That in mind and heart, I respectfully ask that you consider the links. Consider the Virtues Reflection Card on Mindfulness. Ask yourself, “How can I better and best practice Mindfulness going into and through 2021? Get ever more clear on what that looks like daily, weekly, monthly and for life.

With that in mind and heart, I humbly offer this prayer…

Being ready in all circumstances. Mindful.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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

Do Do Do Run Run Run

In Strength of Service… I shared, “I know that 2021 for me will be a path where Service is the foundation of a true sense of joy… practiced with Panda, my Circle and those I am most intent on serving going forward.”

And it will. That said, this week is crazy busy for me with cluing up papers and exams for College. With that in mind… Day 15 (Wednesday, December 16)… through Day 11 (Sunday, December 20) will still be about deepening on the path of what it might look like to strive to be…

  • “as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.”

But more specifically, this week is about the DOing. I have a lot to do over these next few days… and it is time for deeds over words.

How does all this connect? It is about Countenance and Gate, walking the walk and talk. As I do what needs be done, I act upon those words above; being guided as I move. These few days are not about traditional reflection but they are about driving my CAR… considering, acting and reflecting as I go. And it is about delivering. Sometimes you just got to go do, do, do, run, run, run and learn as you go. That in mind, this post will not be shared until Wednesday so by time of reading, I will be 2 days in on that Do Do Do Run Run Run.

You cannot be guided unless you move.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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

Strength of Service

In Walk that Humble Swagger, I shared on a thought around “Be unjust to no (hu)man, and show all meekness to all (hu)men.”

Now, I am on to another week-long leg of the 42 Day Countdown Journey to 2021.

This a journey towards exploring my own character being brought to 2021. Given the past week and news of Panda’s health and the road ahead, I am ever more clear on the need for me to do this. So, this week, I am focusing on “Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.” I am taking this week to ponder these words.

But, I must tell you that my recent conversation with Linda Kavelin-Popov reminded me of what they might look like humbly strived for in a human being and doing. I invite you to take in that conversation.

Linda is a best selling author, international speaker and Founder of The Virtues Project, starting with a simple coffee conversation in 1988. The Project is now in at least 120 countries and has received recognition from the UN, Dalai Lama, Oprah and Time magazine. It is remarkable as a true movement; and I recommend that view and listen.

As for me, Day 22 (Wednesday, December 9) through Day 16 (Tuesday, December 15)… will be about deepening on the path of what it might look like to strive to be “as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.”

There is Strength in these notions, for ourselves and in Service to others; humbly walked.

I know that 2021 for me will be a path where Service is the foundation of a true sense of joy… practiced with Panda, my Circle and those I am most intent on serving going forward.

Now that (for me) is a strength to lead worth working towards.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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

Walk that Humble Swagger

In A Code of Character last week, I shared on a Countdown I am on. I suggest the read. Since then, I have shared on…

All of this is to say that (a) Panda has tests being run this week and (b) Wednesday, December 2 is Day 29 of the Countdown. Much like last week, I am going to take a week from Day 29 (Wednesday, December 2) to Day 23 (December 8) and address…

“Be unjust to no (hu)man, and show all meekness to all (hu)men.” 😉

By address, I mean that I will choose to meditate and reflect on same. I will practice Prayerfulness in doing so. But I will also keep these thoughts on meekness in heart and mind. Meekness is born of Humility, and there is nothing weak about Humility.

Humility values ourselves and others; thoughts and feelings. It is quite willing to both give and receive help, allowing us to recognize that we are each “works in progress”. With it, we can both admit our mistakes and learn from them. It was Dale Carnegie who suggested we should admit our mistakes emphatically. Admission of such is born of true Confidence. With Humility, we are perfecting though never perfect… and we are grateful for that and our other gifts. Humility is a beautiful, quiet Confidence that says we have a right be here and so do others.

So, “Be unjust to no (hu)man, and show all meekness to all (hu)men.” Enter Humility.

Humility is Strength. I have often spoken on Humble Swagger, and I am being reminded I need further reflect on same. As I walk these days with Panda, and head into 2021 resolved to bring my own best (regardless of what 2021 brings) in strength of character… I need go deeper on Humility.

Gary Vaynerchuk gets it. John Mellencamp sings to it. My thought to you is to consider and reconsider this strength of Humility. We need more of it to inherit the Earth.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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

A Code of Character

In The New CGI, I shared on Charity and Generosity as Intelligence. Since then, I have been exploring a 42 Day Countdown to 2021… by deconstructing on these words…

I offer this because I just got through Day 37 for Wednesday, November 25, 2020… and am about to explore, “Be fair in thy judgement and guarded in thy speech.” for Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27 respectively. I say this because I encourage you to follow along. I am increasingly seeing these words as a Code of Character (and leadership) at school, work, business and community… personally and professionally. I invite you to explore with me, heading into 2021.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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and our MULTIVERSE of online forums and offerings

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

A New CGI

In Remembering Zeal, I shared…

“Pursuing our own vision of Excellence starts with getting so tastably clear on why it all matters. We need taste it, palpably so to find our Zeal and deal with the tiredness that comes from us not seeing it. Going honest and true… getting courageously clear on what and who matters most. There we find mission and meaning. There we find passion and purpose. There, we remember our Zeal. For the Fallen, we Rise.”

There was a lot in that post and I humbly and sincerely suggest the read and reflect. That said, and this week, my head and heart turn to Charity and Generosity.

I suggest that there is an intelligence to their practice. Kindness and Empathy matter. It matters to others and it matters to ourselves. And there is Science to support. As I walk my purpose with Zeal, I am reminded that Charity and Generosity matter… vitally so. They matter in their Sincerity of practice.

They matter to my own wellness and to that of others. They matter to you and your others. They are a spirit, countenance and gate that results in daily actions guided thusly. I am reminded this day of how vital that is.

Reflect on these virtues of Charity and Generosity. Know that they are an intelligence in and of themselves. So, maybe it is time for a new understanding and practice of CGI…. just be and be just.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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

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