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
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.