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Done and Do

“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

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5 to Thrive

In I Choose, I shared … “I am reminded. Fewer projects. More love for the ones I keep. Success not defined by anything other than simple, joyful purpose. Impact. Impact with one person. Or thousands. It matters not. Impact matters. The Endgame, my endgame is simple. This life is mine, outlier with a love for humanity.” I am talking my own sense of Integrity.

I am now in the midst of launching into a vacay, desired and (I think) deserved… and one to find my own new order if you will…

… and so I write this blog post prematurely this week. I also write this hot on the heels of a second session with aspiring Virtues Project Facilitators. For them, and for me, going into this week… I offer 5 virtues around which I also intend to explore, to simply thrive.

They are the five I added in ROCK 105.

These five I intend to deepen in over the next few weeks and ahead of a new College year. I believe and contend they are Virtues that expect a deeper dive, sacrificing everything else for everything truly desired.

Explore if you like and dare. See you on the other side. 😉

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

I Choose

Yesterday I posted on Facebook…

  • “Why Mr. Anderson do you persist?”
  • “Because I choose to…”
    • from The Matrix: Revolutions

5 years ago August 20, 2015, I experienced my stroke. In those following days laying in the CT SCANS and MRIs, I had the thought, “What if I have only 90 days?”

I did not know what was going on inside my head and physical tests were showing no real answers as to why. But each time I lay in those scans and asked that question …. the same answers… all about the kind of meaning I deeply wanted.

Deal breakers.

Since that time, I have realized some of that meaning. But I have slid that slippery slope of assumption too… assumption that I will get around to it. Today, I was reminded.

Broken deal.

My spirit nudged me with a loving sledgehammer. I am done with arbitrary definitions of “success” and the subtle and not so subtle messages out there of same. Success systems and hustle mean nothing to me. Nothing. My work is born of a love for the work. Service. Educator. Entrepreneur. Yes, for life. But with meaning over metrics… with purpose over positioning. With soul over systems.

I have heard of people I deeply respect making significant changes of late, and I am there. You inspire me. I am so there. ❤

New habits. Earlier to bed. Earlier to rise. Living cleaner.

Healthier. Simpler. Less to do, more to do in the less.

Simplicity. Focus. Detachment. Decisiveness.

I ain’t playing the arbitrary game. I ain’t doing what I “should”. I am doing what soulfully calls. I have long felt like an outlier, a man without a country and free agent. No children, nor parents… and a “weirdness” since a kid…

In some ways I have never fought it. In other ways, I have. No more.

I know my work. I know my joy. I know my Soul. And I know my mind, body and spirit are wanting to listen to it.

All of this is to say I am giving up. I am giving up any arbitrary labels. I am giving up industry norms and guidance around revenue streams and models. I never liked any of it anyway.

Conforming. Boring.

My work is a spiritual enterprise. ❤ My value will be forged by what I do and how well I do it. I will not chase the shiny bobbles. I will chase life work, soul work… loving what I do and doing what I love. ❤

I will understand that my mind, body, spirit and Soul only want what impact I can have in this world with what matters most.Humanity over inhumanity. Optimism over positivity. Dance. Song. Creating. Serving.

Why am I saying all of this?

My mind and body today were squirming. Remembering the stroke and the learnings back then. Remembering answers of… Simplicity. Joyfulness. Purposefulness. They are resounding.

This week, I have two wonderful sessions that fit said bill. Indeed, much of my life is already in alignment with such. Now, more so.

Fierce and fun.

No more icky.

Life is too short and important.

I am reminded.

Fewer projects. More love for the ones I keep. Success not defined by anything other than simple, joyful purpose. Impact. Impact with one person. Or thousands. It matters not. Impact matters.

The Endgame, my endgame is simple. This life is mine, outlier with a love for humanity.

Alignment is healthy. Find it. ❤

The rest is about keeping your promise to yourself in living it.

My mind, body and spirit shook me today and reminded me.

That stream of thought continues today and so does a healthy sense of freakin’ alignment. My point with this blog? Our Soul knows best. Listen…. and be your own best friend.

I chose to…

… with assured step.

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

Grateful and More

Today, is Canada Day, and earlier I wished everyone Contentment on this day.

From our home (Panda and me) to yours, may you find such Contentment.

My thought is that we get to celebrate the ongoing progress of this idea called Canada. No nation is static, nor should it be. It is called nation building. And yet we can be thankful for this nation each and every year, as we build it. There is much for which to be thankful, and much still to work on, here and around the world. I have no interest in political partisanship (none) but I think the Prime Minister said as much in his Canada Day greeting. We can be grateful and strive for more, better.

Yesterday, I shared To Be Considered. In it, I noted … “Realizing your life, schedule and priorities are different, how will you find some time to consider and reflect? We are half way through a wild 2020, and we have a new world unfolding. How can you take some time this month to ponder your path forward?” I suggest same for this day.

This is Day 16 of ROCK 105. Thus far, we have gone in on Acceptance, Accountability, Appreciation, Assertiveness, Awe, Beauty, Candor , Caring, Certitude, Charity, Cheerfulness, Cleanliness, Commitment, Compassion, Confidence, Consideration… and Contentment as strengths of character in these days and going forward. Character matters in times of trial and triumph alike.

Imagine the strengths of accepting where you are when you are with taking full account of things past and present and owning it. Imagine the strengths of then appreciating and valuing and growing from there, asserting your best voice in doing so. Imagine the power of Awe and Beauty in experiencing the walking forward. Imagine being true to yourself and others in that walk forward, caring about what matters most and being certain of it. Imagine a spirit of giving and cheer in doing so. Imagine that walk, clean and simple and focused… committed, compassionate and confident… and considerate and thoughtful. Imagine that kind of walk at work and life. Now, imagine that whole walk, with Contentment.

Taking time to be grateful and content does not negate the need for work and the march forward. But being grateful and content can help us sustain our walk. Optimism sees “the stuff” ahead and knows we will get there. For me and my life right now, I am at that very place. There is much for which I am grateful. Yet, this time and these days have been an incredibly challenging time for me. There is more to be walked and worked towards. I am reminded this day that Contentment and Optimism are practiced, as is Gratitude… while we walk forward. The practice might be hard, but worthy.

For what of Canada are you thankful and content?

What are you drawing?

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

To Be Considered Again

I have renamed my blog, “Barry’s Bewildered Blog” in part inspired by the Wisdom of Rumi, “Sell cleverness. Buy bewilderment.”

In part inspired by “be wilder”.

Y’see, I am no master. I do not believe in mastery. I believe in studentry as a life long journey. It is akin to the notion of perfect as a noun and verb. The former is a destination, unreachable. The latter is our best reality in striving for it. So, welcome to Barry’s Bewildered Blog.

🙂 In Your Invention? I wrote… “My invention is about to be unveiled July 1, Canada Day. The boy inside the man cannot wait.”

That is the first leg… the website now better reflects me and my work, our work, … R4/D2 in practice. One foot in.

That said, and as more than an aside, it is the Eve of Canada Day (aka Dominion Day). Well wishes to all! And to friends south of the border for July 4!!

May we all continue to build nations of justice and love for all.

My Dominion Day

But the personal “biggie” right now for me is August 1. For the Nation of Barry, it is BIG. As a Baha’i, I live by 2 calendars. The Baha’i Calendar (this is the year 177 BE) has 19 months of 19 days, plus a 5 day period of giving and hospitality in February. The point is that August 1 is the coincidence of both calendars. It is the 1st day of the eighth month in both. I have also always liked the number 8. Don’t ask we why. I just do. So, August 1 and Kamál 1 coincide as the 1st day of the eight month.

Oh, and August meansmarked by majestic dignity“.

Kamál means Perfection.

Diggin’ it. 🙂

And, July is the one month of the year that I have no teaching. It’s calendar is a free agent for me. While I have some 7 cool youth, entrepreneurship, community and character development events this July, I am intent on making this time a deeper beautiful dive.

I intend to practice Consideration.

I intend to process my own sense of grief in these times.

I intend to refresh and gladden.

I intend to revisit my own sense of leadership. I was sent this post on leadership qualities by Allan Borch and I will reflect on same. I will read and study stuff I love. I will pray. I will play. I might even share, lol.

It is time.

Realizing your life, schedule and priorities are different, how will you find some time to consider and reflect? We are half way through a wild 2020, and we have a new world unfolding. How can you take some time this month to ponder your path forward?

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.

My Fortress

In Dominion and Daring, I said, “These next few days will be that. This next week or so, and amidst the concluding of the College year… will see that deep dive. Dabbling does not do it. There are several questions I am ever more intent on honestly and courageously answering:

  • What does real look like in my work and life?
  • What does raw imply in terms of how I deliver on it?
  • How do I understand “the right thing”; what is my metric for same?
  • How do I define “results” in life?”

I am getting there, and have decided, with exams and grades completed and wrap up activities underway, to take these next 2 weeks and do the hard work. Getting a meaningful journal, my prayer book, and some time “away”… and it is time for a rescue, of Soul… and character.

Actually, my Soul needs no rescue, but an audience… full, focused and fierce. We are there. My own fortress of solitude awaits.

This morning, I posted on Assertiveness, and I recommend the read.

Take it to heart.

I will.

See you next week.

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.

Dominion and Daring

In Dare to Care, last week, I shared “As I head into this upcoming weekend, I am leaning towards taking my work and business … and somewhat spinning it all on its head. I am teaching online these days as I walk through my now 82 days of isolation. I am exploring new capacities in doing so. But, my work with Epic Engage is getting more than a re-look. I am examining the very foundation of what I do with it. Indeed, this month, it undergoes a Soulful re-engineering to meet the real, raw, right and results… “

I recommend the read. Indeed, I recommend R4/D2 as well. They are guiding me. Still, it did not finish with last weekend. Indeed the process has engaged its own challenges, and choices… and the practice of Wisdom. When I think back to real, raw, right and results … and Dominion and Daring, I more deeply realize that this requires a deep and immediate dive. No dipping of toes in the pool here. Determining exactly what real, raw, right and results means for me requires an act driven by same.

These next few days will be that. This next week or so, and amidst the concluding of the College year… will see that deep dive. Dabbling does not do it. There are several questions I am ever more intent on honestly and courageously answering:

  • What does real look like in my work and life?
  • What does raw imply in terms of how I deliver on it?
  • How do I understand “the right thing”; what is my metric for same?
  • How do I define “results” in life?

I will attack these questions practicing Dominion

… and Daring.

89 days into my own self isolation, and I have questions to ask and answers to provide. I have my own Soulful interrogation to conduct.

What questions are you needing ask yourself? Are you dabbling or daring in asking them? What would it look like when you take your own deeper dive? What impact would it have?

Dive with me.

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.

R4/D2… 6 Pillars for Living

In Step Back and Forward, I wrote… ” For me, it is time to take something of a spiritual step back, on the eve of 70 days of taking a physical step back under self isolation. For me, it is time to step back, to step forward. It is time.”

In and amongst that time, I have been walking and reflecting, a lot… some 45,000 steps in the past three days alone. I have written on Wonder, and shared my thoughts on the release of Shinedown’s Atlas Falls. You should have a listen to that song… I looove it.

Yesterday, in finishing off 16,000+ steps, amidst my music and prayers and more, I had a thought come on some things key for my work and life going forward… some pillars, if you will. It came almost in a flash and with a bit of an acronym of course, lol. This brain seems subject to same. 🙂

Enter R4/D2.

Real. Raw. Right. Results. Dominion. Daring.

Real.

Integrity. Authentic. Genuine. For me, and for a long time, but ever more so going forward… no pretenses, posing or posturing. A mentor once told me that the difference in POSE and POISE is the “I”. We must be ourselves, real. Candor enacted.

This does not imply abandoning Tact

… but Tact is offering Truthfulness with Kindness. Enter Candor. Real, it is. Candor builds Trustworthiness as people start to get that there are no back doors. Neither does this imply gushing all to all. It implies being direct and real. Pillar One to my life and work.

Raw.

I believe in Professional, but I do not believe that that must imply some “smarmy” sense of polish. Raw is not about unprofessional for professional is about content; expertise. As Kim Mitchell once sung, “I know there’s a lot of feathers but not much chicken”. I have no interest in the “smooth” and “rehearsed”… or the name dropping and photo opps Raw is the way I like my carrots, and it is the way I like my work and life. Professional is about Excellence of content and intent. Raw allows (and I believe encourages) same in so much as it is not worried so much on “making a mistake” as it is on delivering the real goods. Pillar Two.

Right.

Consider Righteousness.

It is not the same as self righteousness. The former is about doing what is right (over what you feel like doing). The latter is about telling everyone else how to live. For me, the right thing is vital. Character matters, always.

In good, bad and ugly times, it matters. It is Strength. It is not about being Perfect as a noun, for that is myth. It is about Perfect as a verb which is all about getting better. Doing the right thing advances that. Trying matters. “Is this the right thing?” will be my question, moving forward. Pillar Three.

Results.

Purposefulness matters.

Purposefulness is less about drive and hustle as it is about intention and flow. I have long believed that Purposefulness is Joyfulness. It brings meaning. For me, arbitrary results are not the thing. Intent is more important than outcome … as outcome is, in many ways, out of our hands.

What is important is that we have ends in mind. Going through the motions is not of interest to me. Life is too precious. This does not imply being busy for busy sake, but this morning I posted on Facebook that “a life filled is not necessarily the same as a life fulfilled”.

For me, Results is about intent and focus and moving towards. The things I choose to do, going forward, will be grounded in same and such. “Does this move me, my work and life forward… does it give me a Hell Yeah?” is my question to self. Pillar Four.

Dominion.

Consider Dominion.

Dominion is the virtue of Ownership, and all that we truly own is our life. We take Responsibility for it. It is not about arrogance or dominance of others. It is about owning your life.

On this my 75th day of self isolation, I am owning my Responsibility to myself and others. Amidst this First Wave, and understanding the essential mechanics of pandemic waves, I will continue to physical distance, wash hands, cover face and more. I see it not as a constraint on my freedom, as my spirit is always free… and doing service to myself and others is a way to express that freedom of spirit.

Dominion means I own my life, and no one else will ever so be responsible for it. It means that I come into this world with it, and will leave with it… and only it. This life of mine is the only precious gem I will ever truly possess and I will claim Dominion of it. Pillar Five.

Daring.

To dare is not about taunting. It is about proving to oneself, one’s possibilities. Daring is not frivolous nor foolhardy for me. It is about knowing what I want to do, and moving forward doing it.

Do I want to parachute out of a plane? Nope. Do I want to bungee jump? Nah. Do I want to ride horseback on the steppes of Mongolia one day? Indeed, I do. Do I want to adventure into certain tributaries of life and work that I have never been. Oh yes.

I have found huge benefit and joy in doing so to date, and intend to make this Pillar Six, asking myself “Does this task or opportunity that I soulfully love require to to dare myself?”

If that answer is yes, I will have added smile.

A Return to R4D2.

I feel very real and raw about this decision. And right. I feel it focuses my efforts and intent and working and living in the direction and results I soulfully seek. It allows me to lay claim to the one thing I own; me. And it causes me to dare… to always be me.

My name is Barry Lewis Green. I own all three names. Barry means “spear carrier” or “spear” or “archer” depending on the source. Lewis (my grandfather’s name) means “famous in war”. The only war for which I seek to be famous is the war to claim my life and stand my middle ground.

I am a Baha’i. I am an educator by wiring, education and experience. I am an entrepreneur thusly as well. I am a world citizen, human… a Terran. I believe and hold fast in and to the global goals. I believe in the vital importance of character and unity in advancing peace, passion and prosperity as a planet. I believe in Humanity. Our Humanity is our highest standard. Our inhumanity is our lowest.

I teach, and speak, and dance, sing, cartoon, write, blog, vlog and create my way through and towards it all. I believe my life and work matters. I believe yours does too. I believe my life’s work is about being real and raw as I move towards results and do the right thing while moving there. I believe that my life is mine alone, and to be responsible in owning it. And I believe in the power of Daring to explore our greatest capacities.

I believe.

And now, I enact.

R4D2.

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 on together strong.

Candor Can Do

OMG, it has been two weeks since my last post here… written on A Stronger Ship. Last week was filled with beginning Intersession and a new term at College. In that last post, I shared on 4 strengths for a better world. Empathy. Endurance. Enthusiasm. Excellence.

I suggest a go back and read, and reflect. That said, I also suggest that I am further exploring these four, and more.

Coach, Coach Thyself

In my most recent LinkedIn post, I weighed in on what I see as the problem with self care. Today, I am, amidst teaching online, planning for a bit of a retreat and advance this coming weekend. I am going to coach myself up.

In that time, and on my 64th and 65th days of self isolation, I am looking candidly at my own chosen road ahead. When I ponder on Empathy and Caring and their application for my own life, I am coming face to face and heart to heart with a reality we all need face to some degree or another.

Stop comparing.

Joe Calloway recently shared this on focus. In it, he says, “At some point, though, you need to focus on your areas of greatest potential… Don’t be distracted by things that you “could” do, but that would take away from those things that will bring you the greatest return on focus and effort.”

This speaks to me that the best way to take care, is to find my best aligned and sharpened focus. To do that, I need to practice Empathy and Caring, with myself. I need to listen to my self, myself… and not be distracted by all the voices and what everyone else is doing. I need to look to the world to see what genuine needs exist in the world that best meet my genuine focus and capacity. 40 years in leadership training and development across North America, my capacity is broad and deep. That is strength, and weakness. The weakness is the challenge it holds for focus. There is much I could do. There is much I can do. But, chasing bobbles and distractions does not serve me, nor those I choose to ultimately serve at work, and in life.

The Power of Empathy and Caring Inwardly Practiced

I am ever realizing today how much Empathy and Caring impact my capacity to get candid and truthful with myself. That, in turn and once executed on, fosters my ability to endure and excel; enthused to boot. There is a Certitude that can come from getting perfectly real. In working and coaching with clients, I would practice such to help get them more clear on focus. Those “guns” need be turned on my own internal conversation, ever more so… and now.

I am a blessed man. I love my work as an educator. I adore my work with Epic Engage. That said, such realities will be strengthened when I focus on what I best do, and go do that ever increasingly. This weekend will be about taking that “98% there” understanding to ever fuller alignment. I have no need to chase bobbles and business and buzz. I have the time and space to determine my own sense of the master in the art of living as LP Jacks described:

“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.”

Candor, Can Do

Practicing Candor and Dominion and Wholeheartedness will get me there; and the kind of Candor, in particular, that is grounded in Empathy and Caring, and that produces a greater and genuinely enthused capacity to both endure and excel. It will help me sharpen and make my mark.

In these days, there is much to distract us. I know there is for me. And for me, Candor with myself and the resulting focus it will forge… will help me walk through those distractions with an assured step.

How about you?

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

CHECK OUT OUR COACHING

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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 on together strong.

The Wall and the Eye

Transparency alert. I am a Baha’i. That is my core. I am working on it. And in these days, I can do and be nothing less. There are no easy answers; only great questions and ponderings.

In BE, at Home, last week, I shared that “I am seeing this (personal isolation and lock down) as an opportunity to go inward”. I would suggest that this past week has seen a duality, inward and outward. Since that time of my last post here, I have posted on LinkedIn, thoughts on:

I have been going online (Facebook) with “socials” with friends who just show up. That, in part, satiates the massive extrovert in me. Prayerful moments and down time satiate the massive introvert in me.

Yes, I am a man of both. Bottom line is I am going inward and outward. I have always been an “and” person… the cake and the eating it. 🙂

That being said, this day, and amidst teaching online, grading, writing and doing nothing, something is missing. A wall has been hit. I can feel it. Palpably so. Maybe it simply needs a strategic drive with my music, insular and independent. Quite possibly. But, it also is speaking to me of something else. My restless spirit, my Soul, is whispering in a scream, and I need to listen. Now. Today.

Soul Sis Stuff

My “soul sis” posted this the other day, and I found it both challenging and freeing somehow.

It speaks to me of going within in order to strengthen without.

It speaks to me that the ultimate battle is within.

The eye of the tornado. Amanda sings of it.

Then, my soul sis posted this.

She has a way of doing that. 🙂

“As ye have faith, so shall your powers and blessings be.”

This is the balance.

Faith grounds itself in the eye of the tornado. Faith does not require preconditions. It is why it is Faith.

It is not blind. It sees beyond. Beyond this matrix.

It sees, with an inner eye.

The Inner Eye

I am pondering these words, this day…

Man has two powers, and his development two aspects. One power is connected with the material world and by it he is capable of material advancement. The other power is spiritual and through its development his inner, potential nature is awakened. These powers are like two wings. Both must be developed, for flight is impossible with one wing. — Abdu’l-Bahá

and…

Man has also spiritual powers: imagination, which conceives things; thought, which reflects upon realities; comprehension, which comprehends realities, memory, which retains whatever man imagines, thinks, and comprehends. The intermediary between the five outward powers and the inward powers, is the sense which they possess in common, that is to say, the sense which acts between the outer and inner powers, conveys to the inward powers whatever the outer powers discern. It is termed the common faculty, because it communicates between the outward and inward powers, and thus is common to the outward and inward powers. For instance, sight is one of the outer powers; it sees and perceives this flower, and conveys this perception to the inner power — the common faculty — which transmits this perception to the power of imagination, which in its turn conceives and forms this image and transmits it to the power of thought; the power of thought reflects, and having grasped the reality, conveys it to the power of comprehension; the comprehension, when it has comprehended it, delivers the image of the object perceived to the memory, and the memory keeps it in its repository. The outward powers are five: the power of sight, of hearing, of taste, of smell, and of feeling. The inner powers are also five: the common faculty, and the powers of imagination, thought, comprehension, and memory. — Abdu’l-Bahá

and

…it is my hope that thine inner eye may be opened wide, so that unto thee the very core of the divine mysteries may be disclosed. — Abdu’l-Bahá

THE ROAD AHEAD

It is my hope too. I may take that drive.

Nay, I will.

My spirit is calling.

That is one immediate road. But amidst hitting this wall, I am understanding the need to see through it… and in so doing, smash it. I cannot as yet; see through it, that is. We live in a world with much uncertainty. We always have. These days, it is compounded by a truly global nature. My Faith tells me we are going to be OK. Humanity will be OK. There may be work to do. Indeed, there will be. But maybe just maybe, the first and decisive battle is within. To be of joy and service to the world… to live these words of readiness (above) amidst the days in which we live.

Today, I am hitting a wall. Today, I explore the power to dream… of a sound mind… and heart. This wall will be beaten down.

Real. Raw. Reflective. Relentless.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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