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From Jenny, with Love

In our last post, A New Chapter with Benny and Jarry, we announced just that… a new chapter with Benny and Jarry (aka Barry and Jenny lol).  Going forward, we will write on character, love, unity and excellence as it relates to living and working and serving and playing our lives away; whether as educators, entrepreneurs, emerging leaders or anyone looking to get more out of life by giving more to the lives of themselves and others.  But first, let us introduce ourselves for this next chapter.

Jenny Dearing speaks to love in action.  She brings talent, experience and learning around love, trauma and care.  With a passion for Child and Youth Care and Addictions, and a background in same, she connects, and memorably so.  Her work spans children and youth care with addictions, personal and senior care, respite work, and business leadership; delivering on all.  Jenny is a Certified Virtues Project™ Facilitator, with professional training in child and youth care with addictions support and home support services.  With certification in ASIST Suicide First Aid, Autism Awareness and Understanding, Trauma Information Care and Child and Youth Care Practice, Jenny brings it, with zeal. On top of all that, she loves singing, and is an accomplished multi-media artist … and brings both to her work.  Artistry is a path to love and healing.  Jenny knows it.  She believes in it.  She drives it.

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

This week, Jenny offers up…

The reality of self-love is very important to our living our best lives. Our body is our home; we simply can’t live in it peacefully if we continue to destroy it. We need to be openly accepting our flaws because the reality is at the end of the day, the only person you truly have is yourself. And we need to be stronger for ourselves (Alyssa Lexine. Thought catalog. Aug 2016).

We need to be kinder to ourselves, allowing room for growth and error. Giving ourselves permission to mess up and make mistakes without chastising the person that matters the most; You, your own self.

We are beings of light and love. We so often freely love others, but we hardly take the time to recognize it for ourselves.

We are so quick to say when someone doesn’t love us the way we wish to be loved. Why are we waiting for them to step up and love us? When in all reality we have the power to do it on our own. We get to set our own standards on how we deserve to be loved, and by doing so we don’t have to accept anything less from others or ourselves.

Now to start this journey of falling completely in love with ourselves; realizing the importance of self-love is the first step to bettering your life. Here are just a few tips to get you started.

First and foremost, define your own beauty. Love yourself now by first accepting yourself the way you are. Change your focus to the thing that is most important. Start with one small thing about yourself and decide to love it. You don’t need to be perfect, but it’s uniquely you. Maybe begin with your eyes because you have seen so many beautiful things, while enduring all the tears you have cried.

Next, change your self-talk. That little voice in your head that drags you down needs to be changed. You wouldn’t speak that way to someone you love, so what makes it okay to say it to yourself? Replace that negative self-talk with something uplifting. When you make a mistake, try an encouraging phrase like, “It’s ok! I’ll try again.”

Also, don’t forget to pamper yourself. When your feet get wet, go home and put dry socks on. Be more aware of your physical condition and do things to comfort yourself. Warm up the water before washing your hands. Sit down when you are tired.

These are small ways to let yourself know that your comfort and well- being are important (Wendy G, Brookhaven, April 2017).

Don’t forget to spoil yourself regularly. Have a bath, do your nails, put on a face mask, wear your sexy underwear for yourself, or take yourself on a date. Act as if you are completely in love with yourself. Speak, eat, drink, dress and treat yourself as if you were your most loving fan, best friend, and lover all at once. Finally, take things lightly. Don’t be too serious. Make sure to laugh and have lots of fun. Even if you just fake it in the beginning, you will reap benefits. Fake it till you make it. (Lea, Life Coach, Feb 2015).

In the end (and the beginning, and throughout), love matters.  Love directed to others matters.  Love directed to ourselves matters.  Going forward, I will be sharing thoughts on perspectives on the who, what, why, when and how of practicing the strength that is Love.

Peace, passion, prosperity, and a whole bunch of Love

Benny and Jarry

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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

Pulling Back the Bow

I just wrote this on Simplicity and Excellence, inspired by Joe Calloway and Randy Pennington.

Writing it got me thinking about how slippery a slope the process can be.  For me, my nine milestones I shared once again in My New Day and Semester continue to be vital for this year.  But… the one that is both most important and challenging is the health milestone.

Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art and his thoughts on resistance come to mind.  The closer we get to moving, the greater the resistance, not unlike a bow.  I am there.  And now I need most to pull back on that bow of health.  It will support all of the others.

How about you?  Where do you need singular focus and purpose now?

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

Wander, Wonder, Ponder, Render

Last week, I posted on purpose.  In the last few days, I made a decision 30 years in the making.  Just this morning, I brought together 9 posts on leadership.  All of this is to say that today I am thoughtful on decision and action.  I wrote on action as prayer… and I am realizing ever more so today that the quality of a decision rests in being connected with wisdom somehow.  On my own health road now, this is even more true.

So, I simply offer this thought this week. Wander, wonder, ponder, and render.  Wander through your life from birth to now, walking through the life events as they have happened (I call it walking your life line).  Be deliberate and walk the journey.  That which we most remember, we do so for good reason.

Be in a state of wonder in doing so, realizing this as an epic journey filled with trials and triumphs and everything in between.

Ponder their most constructive lessons for you.  Ultimately, each trial and triumph is a teacher.

Then render some form of decision on where you go from here.

Do this on your own or with a friend, or a professional (as I am not one in that area… but a student of spiritual reflection).  It is not unlike that moment in Castaway.  Watch the movie for context if you like.  But that final scene, he is experiencing the wander, wonder, ponder and render.  You can almost “see” those wheels of life and lessons turning.  Your life matters.  As does mine.  My decisions reflect that.  As must yours.

Be brave.  Be strong and brave.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

Because You are Here

Last posting, I noted some thoughts on Purpose and Pace… and a pace of grace. I humbly suggest it worth a read, including the links.

This past week, on LinkedIn, I have written on a New Year and Perspective, on Necessity and Humble Swagger, and on Principle, Character and Leadership. And, back on February 4, I wrote on Mastery and Meaning.  All were an exploration of perspective… for me, and hopefully you the reader.  In part, they were all inspired by my exploration of my own connection to the Global Goals.

These days, I am challenging my own perceptions.  It serves two purposes; to question in order to confirm that which is my true and best core and to eliminate that which is not.  It is kind of a soulful surgery, exploring my perceptions of the world, its diversity, and its presumptions of leadership.

What I am more fully understanding is that I am not driven for fame, but impact.  I am not driven for popularity, but meaning.  I am not driven to create contention nor offense, but build dialogue.  I am more fully understanding that leadership is heroic and humble, and capable of being practiced by us all.

Leadership matters.  Great leadership is trustworthy and inspiring of that trust.  Great leadership gives a damn.  Words are hollow, deeds are true.  Great leadership cares.  It rolls up its own sleeves to be part of, not boss of… it says what it means and means what it says.  Great leadership values people.. not on paper nor in speeches, but in action.  It trusts and engages people.  It believes in them.  It holds up a high standard for us all to strive, out of human desire to grow not fear of failure or punishment.  It is not born of ego, but guided by soul.  And it freakin’ matters.

The messianic style and the sometimes seeming worship of gurus does not speak to me in the slightest.  I do not remotely see myself in such role or capacity, nor do I wish to see myself or be seen as so.  I believe “studentry” is “mastery”; and it is fueled by a humble desire to learn.  I think this is what some of my personal fave writers and speakers address… Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey, Richard Bolles, Dr. Brene Brown, Steven Pressfield and Joe Calloway, among others.

So What? 

So, what does this mean for me today?  It means that I have questioned my motives.  My post on Manifest Oh!… I have gone back to a reread and reflected and digested. For me, it still stands.  For me, it is about the work.  And, when it comes to my 20022020 vision and strategic goals, I am ever more clear on the WHY.  My best contract stands.  As I continue to work on this current strategic snapshot:

SNAPSHOT 1: January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019… 90 days.

  • I am a daily student of the practice of character, unity and spirit… in studies and practice
  • I am learning the first basics of conversational Mandarin
  • I am continuing my education studies, commencing my next and 4th course
  • I am prayerfully engaged in my Ruhi studies, continuing to focus on Book 1 as baseline
  • I am singing, writing and living daily, with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • I am Salsa dancing weekly too
  • I am building on the re-launch of the new Epic Engage™ with:
    • Project Black Wing™
    • DELIVER™ sessions  January, February and March
    • Thinking CAPS™ national chats January through March
    • The Epic Speakernet promotions and building
    • a new blog-comic strip called Aukwords™ launched in January 2019
    • Speakeasies™ starting in March
  • I am sharing epic stories monthly, via video
  • I am continuing to build strong connections with the business development community, including:
    • MBO
    • Futurpreneur, and
    • NLOWE
  • I am starting my Winter Term, teaching business leadership at college
  • I have a 40 inch waist, eating “more than right”, walking daily
  • I am following my 20022020 W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.

… I am more aware of the reason.  In 13 days, I will turn 59… with one year until 60.  I intend 60 to be the year I am at optimal health and strength, because I see a new chapter unfolding… one that is driven by the soulful need for humble, joyful service and excellence.  I intend my life and work to be so.  I want the physical carriage to support such for as long as I am on this planet… not for fame nor glory, but for my life, in service.  I believe it Goethe who said, “The deed is everything, the glory naught.”  I believe in the words of Baha’u’llah, “Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.” For me, my why is clear.  Because I am here.  A life of words is only worth the deeds supporting same.

Getting to your WHY is crucial.  This week, I cover motivation with my students in Organizational Behaviour.  It will be part of our dialogue.  Because I am here.

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

 

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

 

 

 

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