Celebrities, Entertainers, Hollywood types and Athletes who offer their opinions on political matters are highly criticized and often told to keep their mouths shut. I am not on their level of celebrity or knowledge, and don’t claim to comprehend enough about politics to make any real difference on that end, and am simply one small voice in the crowd.
Yet in response to what occurred in the events last weekend in Charlottesville, VA, I can’t just sit back and not say anything. I ask my readership’s forgiveness for even bringing anything political to the forefront, but I feel it has an essential reason in terms of this blog’s main theme, The Promise.
Living in the USA right now is getting pretty scary. My heart hurts on it’s behalf. I love this country on similar footing with my faith, as those claims I’ve made since boy scouts: “On my honor, I will do my duty, to God and my Country…”
My duty and offering is this:
To love one another.
To create uplifting and inspired works.
To give unfailing to those in need.
To stand for equality of race, tolerance of religion and political belief, while refraining from harsh judgments of any person ever.
To be a contributing and uplifting member of society and the world as a whole.
To live the ideals of what I grew up believing were the foundation of our Country – To fight for freedom, to sacrifice for those who live now and come after us, to continue the traditions of a God fearing people who depend upon His hand to give us all we have in this promised land.
I love the United States. God Bless America.
My young children sleep peacefully and unknowingly face in their future a battle far beyond what I’ve ever known. How do I tell them what is happening in this country and how we can make a difference?
What can we do in the face of injustice, civil war, terrorism from within, extremism in our neighborhoods, and an immoral government of failed leadership?
We can only pledge and promise to stand for something! The Promise has never made more sense to me than now.
I’ve stated my Promise here and hope you’ll join me in an arms-around-each other congregation, as a proclamation to ensure hate, violence, and irrational reasoning have no place here, can’t pass through us, and although it may take some of us down, there will be enough courageous leaders and believers of freedom, kindness, and justice running to the forefront to continue to stand for that one precious and holy word we all have the capacity to offer:
My father-in-law Dennis White is a master gardener. It is a hobby that he has taken and made into a real craft. Every week, he cuts a bouquet from his beautiful flower garden to take to church to display on the pulpit. It is his contribution, his way to use his talent for the benefit of others.
It’s been said that we can’t all contribute in a grand way, but we can all contribute in our own way. If we take our strengths, our talents, what sets us apart and use them for the good of others, then we are making a grand contribution.
My friend Jason Hewlett describes this as finding your signature move and he has helped me to realize that it is vital that we share them with the world.
I loved this observation from Jason, “The secret is this: Share them. Don’t hide them!
If you went to a Michael Jackson concert in the 80’s and he danced and sang as sweat rained down for 3 hours straight, but didn’t do the Moonwalk, you would be upset! But, since he’s a LEGEND, he delivers it every time, because that’s what Legends do.”
Take what is unique to you and use it for the benefits of others – not only will it help others but it will help you to become your best self.
Sandra was a struggling actress in New York City when she was given the opportunity to try out for the part of Christine. She went into the audition so nervous that her mouth became dry and her lips stuck to her teeth. Not exactly the best way to make a good impression. She was offered a part in the chorus but not the lead.
A few years later, she was given the opportunity to audition again. This time she wasn’t going to let her nerves get to her, but she overcompensated and really over did it. She was not offered any part.
By some miracle they did not find a lead and so a few weeks later, they came back to her and offered her one more chance. Sandra decided she just needed to focus on being herself. She nailed it! She made a conscious effort to be authentic and that’s what made her shine.
Tibetans have a word that means “authentic presence” – “Wangthang” and it literally translates to “field of power”. The Tibetan teacher Chogyam Trungpa said ”The cause or the virtue that brings about authentic presence, is emptying out and letting go. You have to be without clinging”
In business people generally tend to shy away from presenting their true, authentic selves, for fear of how they are coming across. We all too often put on a mask or play a part but that approach doesn’t allow us to connect. It stifles our effectiveness and our influence because people have a good B.S. meter and they sense that something is off. Authenticity leads to connections and connections lead to people choosing to do business with you.
Authenticity is your greatest asset. – Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken
Having a mindset of constantly striving for excellence is a hallmark mindset of top producers. Having a clear process to follow makes all the difference.
Cary Mullen has chased excellence and continuous improvement all of his life: from his athletic career as a World Champion downhill ski racer, to best selling author of HOW to WIN, to his real estate development, Vivo Resorts where he leads 300+ people.
After hours, weeks and years of hard work, it is amazing when that hard work starts to pay off and you start to see success and your goals coming to fruition. But so many fall into a similar trap as they begin to experience some success: a lack of humility. These words from Wynton Marsalis, the Pulitzer-prize winning musician and composer, serve as a necessary reminder when you begin to experience success: “You can tell when someone is truly humble, because they consistently observe and listen, the humble improve. They don’t assume, ‘I know the way.’ Humility engenders learning because it beats back the arrogance that puts blinders on. It leaves you open for truths to reveal themselves.”
You can be at the top of your field, the most successful person in the room, the all star, but arrogance never looks good on anyone. There is a great danger in the loss of humility not just because it makes you look bad, but also because it inhibits your ability to grow and improve. No matter how skilled you are – you can’t ever stop benefiting from more knowledge.
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