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We cannot be certain of much but there are things for which we can.

In Tenacious Sagacious Steps, I suggested that “Tenacity is that capacity to keep walking, and Sagacity is that capacity for discerning each step that is right for us.” I recommend the back back, read and reflect.

That said, me too.

I am also discerning thusly.

This has been a demanding week between my walking the Baha’i Fast while getting back to online teaching and various development projects, plus my new road back to health. One mini project amongst it all was to update Rock 109 to Rock 118… a new periodic table of virtues for practice.

Why do I offer such here? As I consider Tenacity and Sagacity, the “raw materials” are the practice of the virtues. The challenge is to look at each situation faced, as faced, and consider what virtues are necessary for each; not unlike a 118 speed stick shift.

As a Master Facilitator with The Virtues Project, I am aware that (a) character matters and most so in times of uncertainty, (b) character is driven and developed by the practice of virtues and (c) such practice is made possible by reflecting on what each virtue looks like in action. As I face each step of the walk forward, it is crucial to assess the situation, identify the virtues called for, imagine what they would look like, and then act accordingly.

  • Assess the situation with Openness and Discernment
  • Identify the virtues called upon with Discernment and Decisiveness
  • Imagine the virtues in action with Creativity
  • Act upon that imagination with Initiative and Commitment

AIIA… 4 steps for those tenacious sagacious steps. We walk…

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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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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On Words and Up Words

In On Words last week, I shared on Initiative. Earlier this week, In AukWords, I shared on Between the Ears… on character and the need for reset. This week, and with these posts in mind and heart, I am cognizant of a new D-Line for moving forward.

I am, this day, also aware of Daring.

The trowel building my best self.

And reminded of Dominion and Dignity.

And Diligence.

But amidst October, a truly crazy busy time with College, exams and work/business… and amidst recovering from a bad belly bug… I am reminded of Daring. I am reminded of Jonathon Livingston Seagull. I am reminded of Chadwick Boseman. I am reminded of the beauty that is Daring. I am reminded that it is the virtue of soaring.

There are time when we need to detach and step back… to discern and decided on what matters, to devote ourselves to same and manifest Determination in moving forward. In so doing, we take on our responsibility for our lives with Dominion, and Dignity. We persevere with Diligence.

And the fuel of it all is to dare. It all moves with Daring. Now all that is one D Line rotation; and one I find myself pondering on as I head into 2021. This has been and continues to be an historic year. I believe that we are in historic times and the Infinite Game is afoot.

These are interesting times. These are our times. It is our time.

I dare you. I dare me.

Daring matters. Panda knows.

Onwards. On words. And upwards. Up words. And that first word is dare.

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,

Break

The word break. Hmmmm… so many meanings.

For such a little word, it can mean everything from violence to peace.

Last week, I wrote on Truth and Understanding…. and virtues including Truthfulness, Understanding and Unity. I also wrote in Your Purpose, Now about Wholeheartedness, Wisdom, Wonder and Zeal. That concluded the ROCK 105 series. A break, if you will. Then Monday, I wrote on resetting… another form of breaking.

Amidst the end of September and getting into my rhythm slowly but surely with a new College year… amidst working on my new website and work related to Epic Engage… amidst resetting on health… and a sick puppy right now needing care… it is time for a break.

I just completed leading a powerful, real and very cool and engaging series of training with facilitators-in-training … with backgrounds from here to Iran, China, South Africa, Mexico, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and beyond. Incredible. Beautiful. Inspiring. I was excited about it beforehand but I had no idea how it would open my eyes and heart.

And it got me thinking about a break inside. Listen to the lyrics. “I finally figured out what’s mine.”

It is time for my own break. It is time for Detachment.

In that last session this past Monday, the song Jerusalema came up. It is my new favourite song. The lyrics. Find them. See them. Hear them. For me, it also speaks of both letting go and finding something better. The vibe and the words move the spirit and the feet.

And for me, it is time for a letting go of some things. A break. “Everything requires everything” is a whisper I keep hearing and it feels like this Fall is the time for the falling away. There is still more to discern but clarity is sharpening it blades. Will it be violent? No. Will it be peaceful? Probably not. Will it be good and right? I have no doubt.

But a break it must be. A break, for good. A break, for the good. New vistas await. October will be very telling. For now, I ask you… what has ended its journey for and with you? Of what do you need to let go? How can Detachment be practiced.

Do that.

I am.

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, Barry stokes the fire.

Drive Time

2020 has been interesting thus far, but the Year itself brought nothing; we did. 2020 is an arbitrary construct, a measurement of time. Is it 2020… or 5780 in the Jewish calendar, 2563 in the Buddhist, 2076 in the Hindu, 1441 in the Islamic or 177 in the Baha’i? You get the point.

What happens in our world is generated by us (not by a number), directly or indirectly. 7.8 billion people have an impact. We are seeing it now. That said, it is our response, individually and collectively that matters now, and going forward. It is time for a new realization me thinks. And we are in an infinite game.

The Drive Ahead

In Dare, Decide and Detach last week, I shared “Optimism sees ‘the stuff’ ahead and knows we will get there.” This is true … individually and collectively…. locally, globally and glocally.

Well, the next two days, I am adding a 4th D; Drive. This past week, I have written on Determination and Devotion and Dignity and Diligence and Discernment and Dominion as virtues in my ROCK 105 series; exploring strengths of character in these times. Well again, the next two days, I am adding another D; Drive. I am not speaking of a specific virtue. I am not speaking of drive and hustle. I am speaking of a literal drive; the kind of drive accompanied by great driving music… like Auberge and One Day Remains and Drive Time and Dedication … and all songs Amanda Marshall and Shinedown. I am talking blow off the cob webs drive. I am talking hear your spirit drive. I am talking no plans drive. I am talking gypsy drive. I am talk flow over drive drive. You get my point.

Panda and I are, at time of writing (one day ahead of my normal day of writing this blog), now 123 days in self isolation, with a singular bubble.. mostly by choice but knowing my space in life does not lend itself to be strong bubble candidacy (no parents, no children). Now, there is a sentence, lol. I choose such Responsibility as I understand this to be a global pandemic that will require us to develop new habits going forward. Without getting into that discussion now, I will simply say that:

  • no, I do not believe we all have to physical distance, wear masks and wash our hands forever going forward (though that last one, yes)
  • no, I do not live in fear, but Responsibility
  • yes, I believe in science, and science is the process of disciplined learning
  • yes, I do believe our entertainment and engagement going forward will differ
  • yes, I believe that is good and necessary
  • yes, mine will

That said, that is not the point today. The point is my spirit says drive. It says drive to dig deeper on joy because ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, ” Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness.” And music can be a Ladder for the Soul.

All that said, this time of Responsibility has brought challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally. Understandably so. And my Soul, impervious to any worldly affect, knows best and screams in a whisper… “drive”. We only need but silence our many voices, and listen to that still, small voice inside. It knows. It always knows. You see, ROCK 105 brings us to…

… for Wednesday, July 15, 2020. For me, I will be driving. How do they connect? Seeking to understand and listening with Compassion are part of Empathy. Refraining from toxic judging is too. Thinking about choices, caring and feeling connected are too. We often think of Empathy for others. I suggest Empathy can be targeted on and for ourselves as well. Do unto others can be applied to Empathy. Practice Empathy for yourself as you might have for others. Hence, the spirit call to drive.

I will listen to that call. I will listen to my Soul. And, I will hear.

Here I go.

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, Barry stokes the fire

A “PD” Day?

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross suggested there were 5 stages of grief. We are experiencing them now. Some we might go through quickly, others less so. It is a personal experience. I think I am in the Bargaining piece now, figuring my way through. Last week, I shared on The Wall and the Eye. In it, I talked about the inner eye. I suggest the read. Today, on LinkedIN, I shared on Certainty in Uncertain Times. Again, I suggest the read, and reflect.

My point this day is this. I am in my 26th day of self imposed isolation and intent on a longer run yet. The introvert in me is cool with it all. The extrovert is trusting in the process and figuring out strategies. Ultimately, we are amidst much uncertainty and to get some sense of certainty, we need go inward. I need to, for sure. Try these on. I will.

A little PD for the day, for me… amidst teaching and working online. Discernment and Perceptiveness. I am in the midst of mine. How might they apply for you today?

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, Barry stokes the fire on together strong.

Apathy, Fear and Responsibility

Last week, in Climbing the Wall, I suggested that “The watchmen are not our enemies. Our challenges are not our foes. They are moving us, to our best life and love, if we but listen, and trust. I need to keep listening, and to climb that wall.”

This week, it occurs to me that one on the watchmen is COVID-19, aka “the corona virus”. Some would have us apathetic. Some would have us fearful. The former would suggest that this is all hype and there is nothing to worry about; it is but mere hysteria. The latter would suggest that this is very scary, and feel a need to panic.

Look, I know that this already is having impact across the planet. I also know that many still remain feeling somewhat “unaffected”. Fear and apathy are both abounding it seems; another testament to our apparent current culture of extremes and division. I suggest that both reactions are less than desirable as responses. The best response is to actually, intentionally and proactively (not reactively) respond; to have the ability to respond. This is the virtue that is Responsibility; that ability to respond.

It requires balance. It requires measured Discernment. It requires being aware and mindful. It requires learning. The World Health Organization has information. So does the World Economic Forum. Knowing can move us beyond panic reactions, and towards true Responsibility.

The Watchmen

Then there is the idea of the watchmen. How does this scenario do us any good at all? First, and individually, I suggest that a potential pandemic reminds us of the importance of taking care of ourselves; healthier is more resistant… as I am reminded on my own journey back to health and strength. Second, this unfolding reality reminds us how we are connected in ways that goes beyond anything “kumbaya”.

Those are two great watchmen.

Bottom Line

We are now being called to practice Responsibility… not a bad thing for going forward. That implies getting the facts. It implies being prepared. The late great Dale Carnegie offered up these thoughts on controlling worry. Among them, he suggested:

  • Get all the facts.
  • After weighing all the facts, come to a decision.
  • Once a decision is reached, act without anxiety about the outcome.

Simple, fundamental advice. This world in which we live is all too often filled with the reactionary. The reactionary comes in the form of escapism and apathy… and in defeatism, paranoia and fear; two powerful but unproductive extremes. The numbness of apathy and the paralysis of fear… both do not serve well .

Our world demands of us emotional courage, and that demands Responsibility. Without it, we become not unlike something blowing in the wind. And, for me, I suggest that we are more than dust in that wind. We are the light and the fire, if we but choose. Our response to the watchmen will always require Responsibility. The kind of working unity needed in the face of this world and its challenges will require same.

Apathy, fear or Responsibility. Wouldn’t you rather?

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry

aka The Unity Guy

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, Barry stokes the fire on together strong.

A Discerning Mind

Last week, I posted on Discernment and Decision Daily.  Just this morning, I posted on LinkedIn on Trust, Trustworthiness and Discernment.  Indeed, I have been discerning even more so of late…

All of this is to say that the practice of Discernment is not an event. It is organic and dynamic, It is best practiced as we go.  It is not about having to be “serious” all the time but it is about being “aware”.  Every creature in nature practices it in order to live, survive and thrive.  It is the practice of Consideration and Mindfulness in active execution.  It is thinking about what we are witnessing and experiencing.  We need it ever more so in these times.  I need it ever more so, in meandering mindfully through my persistent road to better health and strength.  I need it to be aware of my successes and lack thereof along the way.  I need it to determine what I am doing right and what I need to adjust or correct as I go.  For any worthy goal, Discernment helps us navigate by watching what is happening and helping us correct course where necessary.  Without Discernment, we bob and buoy on the ocean of life and work, never aware of what we need to do more of and differently.  I recently saw a post that essentially said that April Fool’s Day seems to be the only day of the year that we actively question what is on the net, and out in social media.  Discernment would change that.

We need Discernment in our job hunts, career paths… at school, work, business and community … as educators, students, leaders and entrepreneurs… as parents, friends and colleagues.  Discernment sharpens the blade on Wisdom… a most valuable commodity for our health and well being.

For your own Discernment, here are 12 perspectives around “Easter eggs” of ideas.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

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