In our last blog, Be Open, we spoke to just that; being open. To follow on that theme, and through September, we thought to explore openness to life, as it is.
A mentor of Barry’s once said “life is best lived, living it at it’s own speed”. This pic and post from Jon Tesh stumbled across our radar last night. Barry posted it on Facebook, and added, “Strength is in living the story as most nobly you can…”. Ultimately, we are all positively challenged to live the long, cool road as best we can.
Still, we often either rush or resist the forces of life, choosing drive over flow. Here, and for the next few blog posts, here and on LinkedIn, we explore thoughts around love, character and flow.
Here, we begin to digest on thoughts around love, character and living. In the broadCAST for September, we will continue the exploration, and into our September Benny and Jarry posts. It promises to be real, raw, reflective and re-creating. For now…
Hmmmmm…. Where do I begin??? This Blog may very well be all over the place in thought. As I have been these past couple weeks. I don’t mind saying it like it is, as you probably have noticed by reading my last blog, I am quite up-front and honest.
I am usually very positive and upbeat. But guess what, I am human like the rest us, and I am exhausted. I have been pushing myself to the limit in every aspect of my life. I have been trying to be a kick-ass Mom, Friend, Partner and Student. Well I only have so much to give.
I guess what I am saying is that in order to fill your own tank, you need to do things that you love. Even then you can find yourself drained and depleted. I am a prime example of that this past week.
This summer has been full, beautiful and extraordinary. So many positives, yet I am pooped. I am a strong believer in self-care. A huge believer. But even in the moments of self-care, my mind is in full speed, thinking of all that I need to do in the next five years of my life. Which in all honesty does not help or benefit me in the slightest.
While most structure their lives around schedule and organization, my life just doesn’t work well that way. Or at least I don’t think it does. Lord knows I have tried. I am a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl. I get things done, and if I don’t, I clearly didn’t think it was needed in that particular time, or in that particular order. I know I am not the only one that lives like this. Other people may think it is chaos, where I find it comfortable. It just works.
Rather than getting into how it works, which I don’t think really matters. We all work differently. I want to talk more about doing the best that we can with what we know. And finding what fits and benefits your life. In the upcoming broadCAST, I will explore some thoughts around that. For now, I repeat, “We all work differently… We all work differently… doing the best that we can with what we know… finding what fits and benefits your life.”
Jenny brings up a great point and one around which I have been, myself, thinking on this past week, probably unbeknownst to my bestie even. Just yesterday was my first day back into the College year, and I posted this on Day One. In it, I suggested:
“On this first day of the College year, I find there can be elements of overwhelm. For those passionate about teaching and doing our level best, it is a 10 month journey every year, standing in front of and with 15-30 souls at a time and engaging learning in the best of ways. For my speaker colleagues, it is not unlike 24 keynotes a week. This year, I want and intend to take it up another notch and the next 4 months in particular, for me, are going to be truly filled. Filled with delivering courses, studying character leadership and education, co-leading on Epic, learning basic Mandarin, enjoying song and dance, and getting into optimal health and shape. It will be filled, and today is the first day. Day One. :)”
First, I suggest a read of that post. Second, and even last night, I ran into my own overthinking brain. It caused my own sense of racing, and I knew that this cannot be maintained over these next 4 months of growth. Strategic thinking and planning is important, but there is a time and place. I have done mine.
Now, it is about execution… and execution is in the now. Knowing what is important now and in the future allows me to prioritize on the go. I choose those things that will serve me in the now and going forward. It is about flow over drive. A wolf does not spend countless hours considering and planning. It knows what is important to it, and it goes and does that, as needed, when needed… from rest to hunting, and everything in between. It is true throughout nature.
Over these next few weeks, and starting with the broadCAST, I too will explore thoughts around being as the best form of doing.
As children, we knew what was important to us… and I am not simply talking about play. I knew what “causes” were important to me. The work of this company is grounded in those, but I find I get distracted with what Stephen Covey would call the smaller rocks…. and sand. My own exploration this month will be about the aspects of character needed to beautifully and fiercely focus on the big rocks so that we live in the now and look forward to the future.
Together, we are committed to living a joyful life and work. Best friends do that. Together, we will explore our own perspectives on love and character and how they can build a life of work, play and service that is right for each and all of us. We think this will get interesting; and out of this will come many cool, long road beautiful moments from the Benny and Jarry experience. Join us, stay tuned and engage us. Our lives matter.
Peace, passion, prosperity, and a whole bunch of Love and Character
Benny and Jarry
Peace, passion and prosperity…
Benny and Jarry
Jenny Dearing speaks to love in action. She brings talent, experience and learning around love, trauma and care. With a passion for Child and Youth Care and Addictions, and a background in same, she connects, and memorably so. Her work spans children and youth care with addictions, personal and senior care, respite work, and business leadership; delivering on all. Jenny is a Certified Virtues Project™ Facilitator, with professional training in child and youth care with addictions support and home support services. With certification in ASIST Suicide First Aid, Autism Awareness and Understanding, Trauma Information Care and Child and Youth Care Practice, Jenny brings it, with zeal. On top of all that, she loves singing, and is an accomplished multi-media artist … and brings both to her work. Artistry is a path to love and healing. Jenny knows it. She believes in it. She drives it.
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 on together strong.