“You will never get it all done.” This was advice given to me at a fine Italian restaurant in New York (in July 1997) by J. Oliver Crom, then CEO of Dale Carnegie and Associates. His point then resonates ever more so for me now. We think we have to “get it all done”… but it will never happen. That does not imply we should do nothing. It does imply that we must choose what we will do. That is one take on “done”.
Another plays in my heart and mind this day; things around which I am “done”. With work concluding on my new website, and amidst teaching online and living through a pandemic and historic times, I am finding more of the Watchmen referred to in my last post. Trials and triumphs alike are pointing to that which I am “done” and that which I intend to “do”.
I am done with any importance placed on fame or fortune. I will do on good work done for good reason, with good people. “The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds, through commendable and seemly conduct” resonates for me deeply.
I am done with any emphasis on rewards over effort. I will do effort over outcome. “Let deeds not words be your adorning” speaks to my heart.
I am done with “popularity” over purpose. I will do ardor over image. “Arise then unto that for which thou was created” hammers into my Soul.
I know the work I simply want to do. I know the life I simply want to do. I know that for which I am done; the hollow and meaningless. And now, over the next 16 days ahead of November, I am going underground. Oh, I will still be teaching online, and working my work and taking care of business… and living my life. But I will not be “out there”. I will be “in here”… in my humble home… The Greens… the “Bat Cave” for Panda and me. During that time, I intend to prayerfully, purposefully and joyfully ponder more on that for which I am done and that which I am ready to do. I will explore my own faith. and let my purpose ever closer find me. And I will do it SLOWER. I will detach.
My thought to you is think on the aspects of your life which are “done” for you and what you will “do” about it going forward. See you November 1.
Peace, passion and prosperity…
Barry Lewis Green
aka The Unity Guy
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,