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Accountability, Inside Out

I simply love this space at Cape Spear. Actually, the name Barry means “spear carrier” or marksman, and I have long seen this space as one of my two most wholly and holy grounds in this world. It is where I best find my own prayerful solace and consultation.

For me, this is a time of rest and reflection on what matters most to me now, and going forward. A friend, this past week, noted that we need be careful about what we care about. That truly resonated for me.

In The Brickwork Begins Again, I wrote on Health and WEALTH … and I noted, “For now, I am deconstructing and reconstructing… one brick at a time. Growing up around masonry, I realize that one brick at a time is how you build something new and strong. You do not worry over the 1,000th brick until you get to it. You take care of this brick and move on to the next. I have some initial bricks to address now, in order to build a new foundation for my own next Chapter. The next 4 months, for me, are about building that next Chapter. Each Chapter of my life, I have found such times called out. My body is calling out on behalf of all of me. It is time, again.”

I do suggest the read from last week. That said, I am laying those bricks. And, what speaks to me now is that the dial back needs be even and ever more dialing back.

To that point, I saw this on LinkedIn today, and it reflects a sense going on within. The work outward is best advanced by the work inward. Working on ourselves is our best way to contribute to the world.

What that means for me is that I am indeed, and in deed, dialing back further. I had noted that I would blog maybe twice a week and that will remain… once on LinkedIn and once here, each week… for these next few months. And, I will post some meme and music content daily on both LinkedIn and Facebook. That shall remain. That said, it will be part of an very early morning ritual of 30 minutes a day, leaving the rest of the day to go inward. And what does going inward mean for me? Based on the last blog, with tweaks, it means…

It means as little schedule as possible, without ignoring key responsibilities. But it means being ultimately accountable to me… physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually…

There is a “Hidden Word” in the Baha’i Faith that says, “Bring thyself to account each day ere thou art summoned to a reckoning…”. I intend to live each day thusly. I intend to address the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual in ways too long ignored; daily.

My thought to you is to reflect on Accountability. How can you best apply it to you, within? Read the card, reflect on it… and get clear on what it looks like for you personally, inwardly. Do that.

For now, and these 4 months ahead, I will be blogging on LinkedIn on Monday mornings, and here on Friday mornings… starting next week. I will share the road, being true to my own sense of Character… and I hope that you join me.

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.

The Brickwork Begins Again

In Rest, Reach and Reverence last week, I offered, “What would deeply respecting the value of one’s own life look like? What would it look like for you? I am coming to an ever increasing understanding of what it looks like for me.”

Health and Wealth

This week, I have started medical leave to take care of some matters that need attention. That is, in part, what it looks like for me. I have already documented walks on:

… and on Monday and Tuesday as well… but will be doing weekly videos starting next Sunday for such “Walk and Talk” times. I am focusing on one brick at a time… and I am exploring fun movement.

Health is our first wealth, beyond freakin’ cliché… and this proverbial “shot across the bow” has landed that necessary punch for me. Indeed, I have long and often said that WEALTH is When Excellence and Love Take Hold. It goes beyond the physical. It goes to being true to what we do and be.

But, that proverbial punch to the gut? The changes already being made are testament to such. Health is BIG; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All of this is to share and say that deeply respecting the value of my own life looks like…

  • getting my blood sugars back in order
  • shedding 60 pounds over the next 4 months
  • fully and effectively grieving Panda, which has yet to happen
  • reading…
  • getting real, ever more
  • Yielding to advance
  • and, questioning my life and work in the healthiest of ways.

It means rest and reset. These days and times ahead hold great change. It is time to rest and reset; Health from WEALTH..

My WEALTH

For me, I know that I am an Educator by experience, education and Enthusiasm… for life. I am an Educator and Entrepreneur by that same experience, education and Enthusiasm. My life path and joy attests to this, again for me.

I know this. I am certain, at core. This I, indeed and in deed, know. I do question any identity of being a “speaker”.

Do I speak professionally? Absolutely. But it is not my work. My work is about studentry around noble Character Leadership as the path to high functioning, powerful, practical and poignant Unity; fiercely exploring how we both stand taller and together. That is my LIFE/work. I will teach on it, speak to it, facilitate, train, coach, mentor, write, blog, vlog, sing, dance, cartoon and create on it. But they are all simply passionate platforms for what my LIFE/work is all about; Character Leadership and Unity Building.

Why do I share this? Audacity is about speaking our Truth. Truth is my body is speaking to me on many levels. Physically, there are issues around weight and blood sugar to address and my body is speaking to me of it. Emotionally, there is unprocessed (as yet) grief around Panda’s departure that I did not have space for over the months and this year of being totally “ON” amidst Pandemic and in a singular bubble. Mentally, my body is also whispering on thoughts of “icky” about my work and the “industry”. I am deeply thinking that the world needs no more “speakers”. It needs content experts who can speak and converse, dialogue and deliver on same. There is a difference. My body knows it, for me. Soulfully, my body feels and communicates all of this. This is not a “dis” on speaking, the industry or anyone. This is simply my physical being speaking for body, mind, spirit and Soul. My LIFE/work is not in question. But how I best stay wholeheartedly and soulfully disciplined to what my work and its personal vision and mission is in question. It is called Integrity… and Purposefulness.

I have been “ON” for a very, very long time offering up Responsibility but, too often, forgetting same for myself. That forgetting has been physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Am I blessed with teaching and business which I love? OMG, yes!!! Am I blessed with circumstance of home and car and necessities of life? Oh, indeed I am. That said, like many, I have found a way to ignore too many times what I need Soulfully… of mind, body, spirit. And, as I read Man Enough by Justin Baldoni, I more fully realize how pervasive this truly is.

I am not alone.

THE NOW

For now, I am deconstructing and reconstructing… one brick at a time. Growing up around masonry, I realize that one brick at a time is how you build something new and strong. You do not worry over the 1,000th brick until you get to it. You take care of this brick and move on to the next. I have some initial bricks to address now, in order to build a new foundation for my own next Chapter. The next 4 months, for me, are about building that next Chapter. Each Chapter of my life, I have found such times called out. My body is calling out on behalf of all of me. It is time, again.

So, I am back at the Brickwork. I will be blogging but once or twice a week, here and on LinkedIn. The rest of the time is all about rest and reset.

And so, again

  • What would deeply respecting the value of one’s own life look like?
  • What would it look like for you?

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

CHECK OUT

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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