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:
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
- 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..
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.
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
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.