Monthly Archives: March 2009

Kolea Doesn’t Know

This has been a very interesting week.  A close associate’s wife passed away, and it has caused some reflection.  Our organization has rallied around and it makes me so very honored to be associated with such wonderful people.

I thought a lot about the challenges of life, and the growth we do experience in life’s struggles.  A friend sent me a story about a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, and how someone clipped the cocoon open to allow the butterfly to escape freely.  The butterfly didn’t survive, because they require the struggle of getting out to live.  The timing of all of this was uncanny, and I realized again that there is a purpose for the struggles, even though we might not realize it while we are in the midst of them.

And then, I looked at a picture from last week’s spring break when I’m holding my grand daughter.  She is such a delight—-she is totally “unplugged” from the world—-well, correction, she is plugged in every three hours or so, but not to anything electronic!  I thought about the joy she brings and is, and how she is so totally unaware of things such as death, recession, or the challenges of life that seem to engulf us.  Kolea doesn’t know.  How wonderful is that!

So perhaps we can take a moment to realize that in the grand scheme of things, sometimes not knowing, or associating with those who don’t know—-such as babies, nature, pets, etc… it’s a nice reminder that although we may never understand the entire meaning of life while we are in it, isn’t it wonderful to embrace the truth of just “not knowing”.

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Posted by on March 28, 2009 in Uncategorized


Be Still

For those of you who scuba dive, you will relate very well to this story.  Our favorite place to dive is in Cozumel; one reason I like it is because I am fearful of sharks that actually eat people (such as Great Whites or Tiger Sharks)  and it is absent of these types of sharks.  They do have nurse sharks which could probably suck you to death, but that’s a lot better than saying good bye to the world one bite at a time.  I realize that I’ll probably get several comments on how even in predatory shark infested waters the chances of getting bit are extremely remote.  I understand, but it doesn’t change my  paradigm on this one.  This is also not the point of this entry, so let me continue.

My favorite dive is the Santa Rosa Wall dive.  It is about 70 feet deep on the reef and sandy bottom side, and you can glide over the wall which drops to 2000 feet down the dark abyss.  The visibility is well over 200 feet and the reef is brilliant and alive.  When turning into the current and pausing to look at any particular part of the reef, it becomes alive with new and tiny life forms.  The more you stare at the reef without moving on, the more life you see.  This would never be experienced without being still.

I have been reading from guru’s every day about what companies should be doing in these exciting times.  I say exciting because although they are challenging, they can still be exciting and full of opportunity.  New and varied forms of business can and will emerge and this country will again become alive with new opportunities.  I choose to believe this.

I believe in filling the pipeline (see blog entry from Jan. 1, 2009); however, with all of this personal research, and all of the coaches and educated potentates screaming for our attention to solve the world’s problems, I have one solution that is louder than them all and, to me, more effective.  BE STILL.

Take some time each day to ponder and meditate upon things that matter most, be grateful, give thanks, and find reasons to rejoice and reflect.  It may be 15 minutes at lunch, or early in the morning, or before you go to bed.  This time alone with just you and the silent space around you will produce life and vision and insight.  There will be answers and powerful solutions that come into your mind.  BE STILL.

I could produce the top ten solutions for our time; or pen my beliefs that captivate and are filled with elegance and awe—–but none of it would be as powerful as this simple message for our times.  BE STILL.  Get “unplugged” for 15 minutes a day and rediscover the strength within.  Just like the reef becomes alive by just being still and observing, so will many of the solutions for success in these troubled and exciting times be found in pausing, stopping the noise, stepping off the merry-go-round, and being still for a few moments each day.


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Posted by on March 9, 2009 in Uncategorized