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AIIA

We cannot be certain of much but there are things for which we can.

In Tenacious Sagacious Steps, I suggested that “Tenacity is that capacity to keep walking, and Sagacity is that capacity for discerning each step that is right for us.” I recommend the back back, read and reflect.

That said, me too.

I am also discerning thusly.

This has been a demanding week between my walking the Baha’i Fast while getting back to online teaching and various development projects, plus my new road back to health. One mini project amongst it all was to update Rock 109 to Rock 118… a new periodic table of virtues for practice.

Why do I offer such here? As I consider Tenacity and Sagacity, the “raw materials” are the practice of the virtues. The challenge is to look at each situation faced, as faced, and consider what virtues are necessary for each; not unlike a 118 speed stick shift.

As a Master Facilitator with The Virtues Project, I am aware that (a) character matters and most so in times of uncertainty, (b) character is driven and developed by the practice of virtues and (c) such practice is made possible by reflecting on what each virtue looks like in action. As I face each step of the walk forward, it is crucial to assess the situation, identify the virtues called for, imagine what they would look like, and then act accordingly.

  • Assess the situation with Openness and Discernment
  • Identify the virtues called upon with Discernment and Decisiveness
  • Imagine the virtues in action with Creativity
  • Act upon that imagination with Initiative and Commitment

AIIA… 4 steps for those tenacious sagacious steps. We walk…

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

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Kindness Builds

In Good Grief, Barry Green, I offered up that “Grieving is good and necessary. Check out some thoughts from May and December 2020 from the Harvard Business Review too. There is much to munch on. For me, I am pondering Acceptance of all my feelings as they happen… and how I process and walk them. I am no expert, but I have my experience, education and observation. Just my two cents, right now.”

Little did I know writing that last week… that mere hours later my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda would take her flight. I have been in grieving while living mode these past 6 days and counting. And, countless people have expressed all kinds of acts of Kindness… through thoughts, wishes and prayers… through care packages, collages, pics and songs.

Kindness matters, in grief and in life. It is a strength of character weaving strands of the strongest steel into our lives and relationships. It matters at home, school, work, business and community. It matters with friend and stranger. It matters. I have seen its power as recipient this week, and going forward. As someone who has tried hard to practice same, I am seeing first hand it’s power. And it is a power, make no mistake about it.

Kindness is the mortar of brick and building that can bring us together.

Let us build.

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.

GO!

In Content Meant 2021, I wrote “We need be cautious in confusing what we actually study and deliver on from how we deliver it. We need to distinguish between the body of knowledge we have deep interest and expertise in, and how we deliver on same. Content and delivery are both important, but not the same. When both are clear and strong, we have the capacity for what I affectionately call content meant. And Contentment.” There is a sense or order to that.

My content is Character Leadership and Unity Building (I call it the CLUB lol).

I deliver on them through speaking, teaching, singing, dancing, cartooning and more.

That said, I also deliver in how I try my best to live. Last night was a rough night with Panda and her health. Before her episode, I had posted this…

This little one got my back and I have hers. She has my heart too. 🙂

And I acted upon that truth last night. My adopted Code applied.

See below.

These words, in deeds, mattered.

Difficult times demand much of us, and the Grace to bring it.

And a sense of order for us.

Grace is a Trust powerfully, humbly placed.

Orderliness is about creating our own necessary “backbone” to life and living it.

Reflect on these two. How do they apply for you?

Grace and Orderliness; that’s a GO!

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.

Do Do Do Run Run Run

In Strength of Service… I shared, “I know that 2021 for me will be a path where Service is the foundation of a true sense of joy… practiced with Panda, my Circle and those I am most intent on serving going forward.”

And it will. That said, this week is crazy busy for me with cluing up papers and exams for College. With that in mind… Day 15 (Wednesday, December 16)… through Day 11 (Sunday, December 20) will still be about deepening on the path of what it might look like to strive to be…

  • “as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.”

But more specifically, this week is about the DOing. I have a lot to do over these next few days… and it is time for deeds over words.

How does all this connect? It is about Countenance and Gate, walking the walk and talk. As I do what needs be done, I act upon those words above; being guided as I move. These few days are not about traditional reflection but they are about driving my CAR… considering, acting and reflecting as I go. And it is about delivering. Sometimes you just got to go do, do, do, run, run, run and learn as you go. That in mind, this post will not be shared until Wednesday so by time of reading, I will be 2 days in on that Do Do Do Run Run Run.

You cannot be guided unless you move.

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.

Strength of Service

In Walk that Humble Swagger, I shared on a thought around “Be unjust to no (hu)man, and show all meekness to all (hu)men.”

Now, I am on to another week-long leg of the 42 Day Countdown Journey to 2021.

This a journey towards exploring my own character being brought to 2021. Given the past week and news of Panda’s health and the road ahead, I am ever more clear on the need for me to do this. So, this week, I am focusing on “Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.” I am taking this week to ponder these words.

But, I must tell you that my recent conversation with Linda Kavelin-Popov reminded me of what they might look like humbly strived for in a human being and doing. I invite you to take in that conversation.

Linda is a best selling author, international speaker and Founder of The Virtues Project, starting with a simple coffee conversation in 1988. The Project is now in at least 120 countries and has received recognition from the UN, Dalai Lama, Oprah and Time magazine. It is remarkable as a true movement; and I recommend that view and listen.

As for me, Day 22 (Wednesday, December 9) through Day 16 (Tuesday, December 15)… will be about deepening on the path of what it might look like to strive to be “as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression.”

There is Strength in these notions, for ourselves and in Service to others; humbly walked.

I know that 2021 for me will be a path where Service is the foundation of a true sense of joy… practiced with Panda, my Circle and those I am most intent on serving going forward.

Now that (for me) is a strength to lead worth working towards.

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.

Walk that Humble Swagger

In A Code of Character last week, I shared on a Countdown I am on. I suggest the read. Since then, I have shared on…

All of this is to say that (a) Panda has tests being run this week and (b) Wednesday, December 2 is Day 29 of the Countdown. Much like last week, I am going to take a week from Day 29 (Wednesday, December 2) to Day 23 (December 8) and address…

“Be unjust to no (hu)man, and show all meekness to all (hu)men.” 😉

By address, I mean that I will choose to meditate and reflect on same. I will practice Prayerfulness in doing so. But I will also keep these thoughts on meekness in heart and mind. Meekness is born of Humility, and there is nothing weak about Humility.

Humility values ourselves and others; thoughts and feelings. It is quite willing to both give and receive help, allowing us to recognize that we are each “works in progress”. With it, we can both admit our mistakes and learn from them. It was Dale Carnegie who suggested we should admit our mistakes emphatically. Admission of such is born of true Confidence. With Humility, we are perfecting though never perfect… and we are grateful for that and our other gifts. Humility is a beautiful, quiet Confidence that says we have a right be here and so do others.

So, “Be unjust to no (hu)man, and show all meekness to all (hu)men.” Enter Humility.

Humility is Strength. I have often spoken on Humble Swagger, and I am being reminded I need further reflect on same. As I walk these days with Panda, and head into 2021 resolved to bring my own best (regardless of what 2021 brings) in strength of character… I need go deeper on Humility.

Gary Vaynerchuk gets it. John Mellencamp sings to it. My thought to you is to consider and reconsider this strength of Humility. We need more of it to inherit the Earth.

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.

Your Best CO

In On Words and Up Words, I shared on an important “D Line” for us all. And I said, “And the fuel of it all is to dare. It all moves with Daring. Now all that is one D Line rotation; and one I find myself pondering on as I head into 2021. This has been and continues to be an historic year. I believe that we are in historic times and the Infinite Game is afoot.

This week, and in light of my own practice of Detachment, Discernment, Decisiveness, Daring and more… two thoughts occur to me.

First, amidst the ongoing aftermath of an election which is still not complete (ballots remain to be counted)… and amidst Pandemic and matters of social, economic and environmental Justice

… I am reminded that there are two virtues vital in these times.

Second, and keeping Certitude and Optimism in heart and mind… strategic leadership engages four core activities… analyzing, formulating, implementing and evaluating. In any given situation, we are best served to discern the situation, decide on a strategy born of that Discernment, dare to initiate on that strategic Decisiveness, and evaluate on that Daring and execution, with Diligence. And it requires putting it into practice.

Running up to my 60th birthday last February 20, I had established a series of aligned goals to achieve by 20/02/2020. I subsequently achieved and realized some 85% of the goals. This week, and amidst the world locally, globally and glocally, I thought to do so again… for the next 14 months through to 2021.

… and I thought to choose my Code for living the walk and talk…

What is my point? In these times, the chance and cause for overwhelm can be great. All that we can be certain of is primarily internal. We cannot be certain of outcome but we can be certain of effort. We cannot be certain of response, but we can be certain of intent. Certitude matters…

Certain in uncertain times; and practicing Optimism

… in doing so. Certitude is our ballast and Optimism our fuel. In combination, there is your best CO.

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,

Acceptance and R-More

In That First Virtue last week, I wrote on Patience and said, “Patience is more than we often think it to be. It is a quiet Strength, Trust, Hope and Confidence. It speaks to the Infinite Game, and I feel it is time to go back and really study and practice this one. With the news of the passing of Sir Ken Robinson, I am reminded of both his inspiration and the need to continue the work he inspired. Patience breeds Optimism and visa versa. Rome was not built in a day, but it was built.”

Your R-More, and ROCK 105

This week, I am even better understanding same … and the strength that is Acceptance (see further below).

Up until Monday, August 31, we have explored 78 days and 78 virtues… and Patience was one of them. This week, amidst all that is going on with the start of College, a new website and era for Epic Engage, and more… I explore Days 79 through 84 of ROCK 105…… with…

… up through Sunday, September 6, 2020… and ahead of Labour Day in Canada… Day 85 to come. I am going to be practicing each of these 6 that I simply and affectionately refer to as my R-More. I suggest the practice and exploration to anyone as these 6 range, and bring diverse capacity to bring it, endure it, answer it and feel it. I humbly suggest that you have a considered read and reflect.

Acceptance

That all said, I am particularly considering Acceptance this day…

… and its role in finding our starting block. With the news of the passing of Chadwick Boseman, I am reminded that Acceptance provides us with our bearings, and even purpose… at least the opportunity to accept it. What I am learning of Chadwick is that he wore such well… in words and deeds. Though never really knowing him, I do indeed miss him already… but I will not miss on his message by example. In so not missing on same, I am reminded of these words…

Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created.

Rising up requires Acceptance. It is the message of Atlas Falls… my new personal anthem of choice from Shinedown. It is the message I refuse to miss from Chadwick.

Yeah, this day, I am reminded of Patience, Acceptance and the R-More to live our best lives while we can. I intend such. For me, there is no time to lose. For none of us. This does not imply “hustle”. It does imply Acceptance and answering our own call. How about you? Wouldn’t you rather? I would. I freakin’ would. I do. How about you? And while you are pondering same, maybe check out TUGtv. There are examples of people answering their own call.

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

That First Virtue

Last week, I shared on a new virtue I am exploring; Audacity. This week, with day surgery tomorrow, the College year commencing Wednesday and plans around health and a new website in the offing, I am reminded of the first virtue I ever heard of…

It also happens to be the virtue for today in my 10-day challenge… ahead of Peacefulness and Perceptiveness, Tuesday and Wednesday. I will closing out the week, resting from surgery while preparing for the College year in healthy balance. Patience will be part of that. Then, Thursday through Sunday (a new 4 day challenge while I rest and recharge) will be about…

But, I digress. Patience is more than we often think it to be. It is a quiet Strength, Trust, Hope and Confidence. It speaks to the Infinite Game, and I feel it is time to go back and really study and practice this one. With the news of the passing of Sir Ken Robinson, I am reminded of both his inspiration and the need to continue the work he inspired. Patience breeds Optimism and visa versa. Rome was not built in a day, but it was built.

How does Patience speak to you?

And while you are pondering same, maybe check out TUGtv.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

CHECK OUT

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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

Your Best Friend

In Building It and the 3Fs, I suggested ” This is a time of building the launch pad. The few weeks vacay in August ahead of a new College year will be not unlike moving the rocket to the pad. Then, we go!”

These days now are filled with getting “ready”. To that point, yesterday I shared on Friendliness, Generosity, Gentleness, Grace and Gratitude… in expressing thoughts on science and religion. Today, amidst waking from multiple powerful dreams to be discerned (a rarity and a calling of sorts, I feel), I am realizing the importance of these 5 virtues in being “ready”.

I am realizing the importance of these 5 virtues in practicing the 5 strategies of The Virtues Project.

Friendliness, Generosity, Gentleness, Grace and Gratitude … in being my own best friend. This is what is speaking to me and, amidst writing this, I stumble upon these 4 hours of ambient music for deep focus. Yum.

Bottom line is this week I have had many reminders of the precious thing that is life. I think my dreams have something to say. I think we need be that best friend to ourselves… to be our own best companion. I know that I do. Our best value is found in ourselves, by ourselves. Until we find it, no one else can.

How would your best friend listen to you, accept you, bring wisdom to you? How would your best friend be your best friend? Be that. I know that these 3 weeks in August on my “vacay with God” will be all about that.

Insh’allah.

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

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