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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

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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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Stop. It Matters.

In The End of Three Eras, I shared that I had been writing on Courage and Fortitude and more… and I noted that, “Today, I got news of the end of another of three personal eras for me. The passing of Panda was one. The re-imagining of my work now underway is another. And today, due in large part to changes due to Pandemic, my 32 years volunteering with the Children’s Miracle Network (and Janeway) Telethons have come to an end.”

Yesterday, I posted RAIN on Your Parade, exploring our “hindrances” in life and 4 steps to dealing with them. I suggest it very much worth the read and reflect. For me, I am taking some time to reflect on same; deeply so. I am taking time for what I referred to in Stand and Deliver… and my own Rest and Reset. I have made some significant decisions over the last few days, arising out of Pandemic, the passing of Panda, and more. In posting on LinkedIn yesterday, I noted…

Inspired by material on what holds us back from path … and on #reflection #Discernment and #Fortitude … At times in our lives, our best turn is inward and still. As someone who has been known for movement continuous, these times of stillness are hard to begin. Inertia works that way. Things in movement, find it hard to stop. But stop, we must. Stopping is not ending. It is not quitting. It is stopping, to get gas or directions or nourishment. We need to stop momentarily, regularly. But then there are times we need to make and take that longer stop… that walk into the wilderness. It has happened for me several times in my life. It is now time again. I will be around, but less and purposeful. My thought this evening… Practice #Caring and #Responsibility with yourself. Practice #Truthfulness with yourself. Practice #Patience … and #Kindness … The world needs you, the real one. Peace.

That is where I will leave it for now. Stop. It is good for you and me.

Have a little faith. And stop. I will, and am.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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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.

Remembering Zeal

In Your Best CO, I shared last week on the importance of Certitude and Optimism. I suggest the read, and reflect. In these days and times, we need both as that “CO” in our lives and organizations … at home, school, work, business and community.

Being certain of that which matters most to us and in which we truly believe… and walking forward with that in Optimism… can serve as anchor and rudder and ballast and fuel.

That said, this week, I find myself tired; very freakin’ tired. Honestly so. And I think it was Jimmy Johnson, former coach of the Miami Hurricanes, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins who said something to the effect that being tired makes cowards of us all. So, I am thinking that, if we need and seek Courage in these times (I certainly do), we need remember some things.

Remembrance

In exploring Courage in the face of being tired, I am reminded this Remembrance Day, that laziness is not a thing… it is a lack of a thing. Motivation. Like darkness is the absence of light, laziness is the absence of motivation.

That lack of motivation can be born of tiredness and exhaustion and its impact on our practice of Courage. We can get to a point where we consciously or unconsciously ask ourselves, “Does it even matter?” Being aware of the impact of our weariness on our Courage and motivation is a start; a great start.

I am also reminded that motivation is more than rah-rah; a lot more. Motivation is deeper than we often imagine it. Motivation is driven by the practice and experience and manifestation of three powerful Virtues.

Indeed, motivation has three core factors… energy, direction and follow through. It requires all three. Having energy does not make one motivated. Many run around all day getting little done, not unlike spin tops going nowhere. Having energy and direction does not necessarily get things done either, if we do not follow through amidst the trials along the way. Energy, direction and follow through… born of Enthusiasm, Purposefulness, and Steadfastness… this is true motivation. But this morning, amidst my tired, I am also remembering that such three are found in…

The Deal on Zeal

Zeal has, in some circles, gotten a bad and misunderstood rap…. zealots, you know. But Zeal is that purposeful enthusiastic, determined Virtue that says “tired, be damned, we are going there, we are getting there”. It is a fiery resolve and Ardor. Am I saying that we should exhaust ourselves? Indeed and in deed … not. Dale Carnegie once said, “Rest before you get tired.” and there is Wisdom in that. Still, there are times when we must particularly practice Zeal. I have no doubt in times of battle, exhaustion and fatigue can be our greatest adversaries.

I think on my parents and that generation that lived through a Great Depression, a World War and more. Imagine such times, and length of days. This Day of Remembrance, ponder on that. Go beyond a cognitive remembrance. Try to feel what that must have been like. How does one make it through? Part of it is Sacrifice. I think Zeal is a huge part of it. Zeal, the practice of …

  • a deep sense of purpose and meaning
  • passion for what matters most, giving all we have to it
  • Perseverance and Enthusiasm
  • Joyfulness and Consideration, along the way

What does that look like for me? Keeping my eyes on the prize… and my feet on the ground…

But, it is more. It is about getting to an emotional and, dare I say, spiritual WHY. Zeal demands that dive. I am in that space this day, digging deepest yet into why any and all of what I do truly and fundamentally matters. I will let you know what I uncover. But such a dive requires Candor within.

And, Zeal is manifested in diverse ways. Along the way, we can and must rest. We can move and be still with Zeal. We can rest and reset with Zeal.

Remembrance and Zeal

I am tired. Very tired. And, I will rest. But, I will not forget those who committed their lives… and I will not forget the power that is Zeal. I will not forget its importance in defense of what is right and of character. I will not forget its importance in these times of trial and baseness. I will not forget Zeal in these days of Pandemic, Social Justice and Reset. I will remember who I am. I will remember what moves me, feet and heart. I will remember what matters most to me. I will remember the global goals, and the importance of my own and each of our roles in the betterment of the world. These are our historic times, and they require our own individual acts of remembrance and heroism. I will spend time more deeply remembering this day.

For me, and today, my best Remembrance of those who gave all… is to reflect on what that example means for me in living my life, here and now… and forward. My best Remembrance of Zeal is to consider what they had to conjure and offer up… and ask myself what must I do so in spirit, now and forward. How can and will I truly Honor the Fallen…

… by rising, with Zeal… and being the hero of my own life and story… genuinely. In movement and in stillness. And, in so doing, I now remember those words of LP Jacks…

  • “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.”

Pursuing our own vision of Excellence starts with getting so tastably clear on why it all matters. We need taste it, palpably so to find our Zeal and deal with the tiredness that comes from us not seeing it.

Going honest and true… getting courageously clear on what and who matters most. There we find mission and meaning. There we find passion and purpose. There, we remember our Zeal.

For the Fallen, we Rise.

This is how we can best deliver. Oh and, if figuring on purpose matters to you… check out this recommendation and get it.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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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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