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Tenacious Sagacious Steps

First, this week, I invite you to check out Purposeful and Kind. In it, I posed the thought that “Purposefulness is a Virtue; a strength of character. It brings meaning to life. It gives it true value… and we get to define it, as parents, kindred, friends, colleagues and more. We get to define it as educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders. We get to also help others define their own by living ours. And we can look to the dreams of our childhood for signs and signals. I am looking back and forward. Clarity abounds, and more to follow. But, clarity is there.”

With the Baha’i Fast upon me and now into Day 3, clarity continues. And, as the video indicates I am diving into Sagacity. This morning, I posted on Facebook and LinkedIn…

“For me, today is a day of #struggle and #Sagacity … that capacity to discern a deeper insight. At 9:43 pm this evening, it will be one month since #bestlittledogintheworld Panda passed. She was not “like” family. She was family. She was not part of my family. With no parents nor children, she was my whole and own family. I saw and see her not as pet, but as Little Wolf to my Big Wolf. We walked life together for 13+ years. Why do I offer this? Enter Sagacity. Enter this TED talk on #grief … maybe when those of us who say we cannot seem to move on, we are really saying we do not intend to move on without honoring who we love. Grief is proportional to genuine Love. Genuine #Love is proportional to #Honor and Strength. Grieving does not imply the inability to move forward. It implies we will move forward being so moved by those we Love. It is #Courage in action.”

And I posted this TED talk by Nora McInerny on grief and moving forward.

My point? Of late, I have been purposefully reflecting back … and imagining forward … on path. I have been exploring Tenacity, and now Sagacity, as virtue; strength of character. Tenacity is that fierce and flexible Determination to “get there”, wherever we imagine “there” to be. Sagacity can be our capacity to deliberately discern our way there. Together, they forge a kind of Resilience that is best for us. We get to determine our way. We may have no idea what the future holds, but we can discern and determine our countenance and gate walking forward to it.

For me, I know what I will be working on with respect to living and walking my best life, with Integrity. I have discerned and decided with the happening of my recent 61st birthday.

That said, enter Tenacity and Sagacity for the walking forward. Tenacity is that capacity to keep walking, and Sagacity is that capacity for discerning each step that is right for us. As Richard Bolles once premised, our mission and purpose is not some fixed state that one day we discover not unlike a mountaintop where we can see everything. Mission and purpose are slowly unfurled. And it requires self awareness. When we have a true sense of what is important to us and we are aware of our strengths and capacities, we explore mission and purpose by bringing our best to life each day… to that which is most important… and see where that takes us. Then, moving forward is one tenacious sagacious step at a time. With that in mind and heart, this morning I took the opportunity to assess my passion, purpose and propensity for exploring character. I finalized my new ROCK 109 poster, identifying 109 virtues we work with and on at Epic Engage.

Over this College Break this week, and The Fast I am now in and amidst, I will be reviewing and finalizing design of my new website, and better identifying and articulating on my work as a College educator and with Epic Engage. I will be diving ever deeper on inventorying what matters most to me and what, with 61 years of life invested, I best bring to the table personally and professionally. I will forge an ever greater clarity around base camp (this crossroads in my life, this intersection) for me, all the better knowing that:

  • there is indeed a mountain to climb (the rest of my life)
  • I do not know what it holds ahead
  • but I can know what I will bring to the party and path… including the twin capacities of Tenacity and Sagacity.

My thoughts to you are:

  • Get What Color is Your Parachute? by Dick Bolles (I have no vested interest, but I wholly believe in the content and have for some 39 years now… I have multiple copies over those 39 years)… and you can find it here on Amazon too..
  • Work through the book.
  • Get clear on your own inventory. Be that self aware of what you bring to your own life path and party.
  • Then, accept that you do not know the future, but you can know what you bring to it…
  • And, practice Tenacity and Sagacity moving forward.

This past week I wrote on 4 Months to Live and, these past few weeks on Tenacity, Wisdom, the Brain and more… and I recommend the reads. That said, consider your base camp (individually and/or organizationally) and the mystery that is the future. Our way forward is about knowing where we are, what is most important to us, what we bring to the proverbial table, and how we engage Tenacity and Sagacity on the path forward. Panda instinctively and implicitly checked all the boxes. I will Honor her by rising to her example.

I hope to see you on the path.

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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Purposeful and Kind

In Kindness In and Out, I shared, “Owning who we best are and expressing it to the world; Panda was and is the epitome. So my greatest act of Kindness to me, will be to take on her greatest lesson for me. Be kind to yourself. It will be a source of Kindness to the world.” Enter Purposefulness.

Purposefulness is a Virtue; a strength of character. It brings meaning to life. It gives it true value… and we get to define it, as parents, kindred, friends, colleagues and more. We get to define it as educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders. We get to also help others define their own by living ours. And we can look to the dreams of our childhood for signs and signals. I am looking back and forward. Clarity abounds, and more to follow. But, clarity is there. Thank Candor within.

Look, I have no living parents. No children. My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda has departed. I am at that crossroads to be open and honest about purpose for me.

Over the last two personal blog posts, I have explored Kindness. For me, this day, Purposefulness is Kindness, to our souls. Be kind to yourself, your Soul. Listen to it, and follow.

Ask yourself what matters most to you… who matters most… why they matter most. Be courageously open and honest with yourself, your Soul.

One life.

Precious.

Make it count, big or small or anywhere in between.

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.

Kindness In and Out

In Kindness Builds, I shared… “Kindness matters, in grief and in life. It is a strength of character weaving strands of the strongest steel into our lives and relationships. It matters at home, school, work, business and community. It matters with friend and stranger. It matters. I have seen its power as recipient this week, and going forward. As someone who has tried hard to practice same, I am seeing first hand it’s power. And it is a power, make no mistake about it.”

And Kindness to ourselves as well. Yesterday was “eventful”… getting Panda’s Urn 13 days after her passing due to weather and Covid… and going for tests after having a sore throat (I don’t think I have Covid due to my vigilant isolation but thought to be safe over sorry… we shall see). And teaching through the day.

That said, with the strong emotions of yesterday in heart and mind, I am reminded of the story of the Watchmen. What we often see as tests might just be moving us towards where we need to go. With Pandemic and Panda, and a 61st birthday coming Saturday, I am prayerfully reflecting on where life takes me and where I take it.

I am thinking of my parents, and sister in the Next Realm.

I am thinking of Panda.

I am thinking of friends and family passed, and mentors… and going inward to move outward, praying…

Our best Kindness to ourselves is to BE ourselves. Dominion and Candor.

Owning who we best are and expressing it to the world; Panda was and is the epitome. So my greatest act of Kindness to me, will be to take on her greatest lesson for me. Be kind to yourself. It will be a source of Kindness to the world.

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.

Kindness Builds

In Good Grief, Barry Green, I offered up that “Grieving is good and necessary. Check out some thoughts from May and December 2020 from the Harvard Business Review too. There is much to munch on. For me, I am pondering Acceptance of all my feelings as they happen… and how I process and walk them. I am no expert, but I have my experience, education and observation. Just my two cents, right now.”

Little did I know writing that last week… that mere hours later my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda would take her flight. I have been in grieving while living mode these past 6 days and counting. And, countless people have expressed all kinds of acts of Kindness… through thoughts, wishes and prayers… through care packages, collages, pics and songs.

Kindness matters, in grief and in life. It is a strength of character weaving strands of the strongest steel into our lives and relationships. It matters at home, school, work, business and community. It matters with friend and stranger. It matters. I have seen its power as recipient this week, and going forward. As someone who has tried hard to practice same, I am seeing first hand it’s power. And it is a power, make no mistake about it.

Kindness is the mortar of brick and building that can bring us together.

Let us build.

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.

Good Grief, Barry Green

In GO! … I shared on Grace and Orderliness in my walk with Panda and her health. That path is getting rockier by the day, and this week I offer up to videos on grief and moving forward. I think them worth your time. I think they both, in their own ways, deal with Acceptance of where we are, when we are, how we are.

I am finding them both useful, as I navigate mine. I will just leave them here. And maybe consider the Virtues Reflection Card on Acceptance

Grieving is good and necessary. Check out some thoughts from May and December 2020 from the Harvard Business Review too. There is much to munch on. For me, I am pondering Acceptance of all my feelings as they happen… and how I process and walk them. I am no expert, but I have my experience, education and observation. Just my two cents, right now.

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.

GO!

In Content Meant 2021, I wrote “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 for what I affectionately call content meant. And Contentment.” There is a sense or order to that.

My content is Character Leadership and Unity Building (I call it the CLUB lol).

I deliver on them through speaking, teaching, singing, dancing, cartooning and more.

That said, I also deliver in how I try my best to live. Last night was a rough night with Panda and her health. Before her episode, I had posted this…

This little one got my back and I have hers. She has my heart too. 🙂

And I acted upon that truth last night. My adopted Code applied.

See below.

These words, in deeds, mattered.

Difficult times demand much of us, and the Grace to bring it.

And a sense of order for us.

Grace is a Trust powerfully, humbly placed.

Orderliness is about creating our own necessary “backbone” to life and living it.

Reflect on these two. How do they apply for you?

Grace and Orderliness; that’s a GO!

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 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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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CHECK OUT OUR COACHING

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.

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