Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pearls from the Web for LeaderShapers who Dream Big

I really enjoyed attending LeaderShape camp.  Unfortunately my behavior was really intense due to a side effects of a medication and I quit the program early.  But it was an honor to meet and be with everyone who participated.  My project in the end was "Know Thyself Foundation" which did the same thing that LeaderShape does in order for us to understand our own true nature and gifts we can offer to the world.  I was extremely lucky to experience something that only corporate leaders get to experience during corporate development camps.  But corporations sometimes do more bad than good whereas LeaderShape inspires non-profit visions (see the documentary "The Corporations" available at your local library for a better explanation of why a society with just corporations gets in trouble).  Here is some more writings that LeaderShape inspired in me: 

Waking Up author unknown

wA time comes in your life when you finally get it - when in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out - ENOUGH!

wEnough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on. And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes you begin to look at the world through new eyes.

wThis is your awakening.

wYou realize it's time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon.

wYou come to terms with the fact that he or she is not Prince or Princess Charming and you are not Cinderella or Cinderfella and, in the real world, there aren't always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of "happily ever after" must begin with you and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

wYou awaken to the fact you are not perfect and not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are...and that's OK. (They are entitled to their own views and opinions.) You learn the importance of loving and championing yourself and in the process a sense of new-found confidence is born of self approval.

wYou stop criticizing and blaming other people for the things they did to you (or didn't do for you) and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.

wYou learn people don't always say what they mean or mean what they say and not everyone will always be there for you and that it's not always about you. So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.

wYou stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are, and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties, and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.

wYou realize that much of the way you view yourself, and the world around you, is as a result of all the messages and opinions that have been ingrained into your psyche. You begin to sift through all the beliefs you've been fed about how you should behave, how you should look, how much you should weigh, what you should wear, where you should shop, what you should drive, how and where you should live, what you should do for a living, who you should sleep with, who you should marry, what you should expect of a marriage, the importance of having and raising children or what you owe your parents.

wYou learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view.

wYou begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for. You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you've outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with, and in the process you learn to trust your own knowing.

wYou learn it is truly in giving that we receive, that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a "consumer" looking for your next fix.

wYou learn principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a by gone era but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.

wYou learn you don't know everything, it's not your job to save the world and you can't teach a pig to sing. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO.

wYou learn the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake. Then, you learn about love, romantic love and familial love.

wYou learn how to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving and when to walk away.

wYou learn not to project your needs or your feelings onto a relationship.

wYou learn you will not be more beautiful, more intelligent, more lovable or more important because of the man or woman on your arm or the child that bears your name.

wYou learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be.

wYou stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes.

wYou learn just as people grow and change so it is with love...and you learn you don't have the right to demand love on your terms...just to make you happy.

wYou learn that alone does not mean lonely - and you look in the mirror and come to terms with the fact you will never compete with the image inside your head and agonizing over how you "stack up."

wYou come to the realization that you deserve to be treated with love, kindness, sensitivity and respect and you won't settle for less. You allow only the hands of a lover who cherishes you to glorify you with his or her touch...and in the process you internalize the meaning of self-respect.

wYou learn your body really is your temple. You begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin eating a balanced diet, drinking more water and taking more time to exercise. You learn fatigue diminishes the spirit and can create doubt and fear so you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul, so you take more time to laugh and to play.

wYou learn, that for the most part in life, you get what you believe you deserve -- and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

wYou learn anything worth achieving is worth working for and wishing for something to happen is different from working toward making it happen.

wMore importantly, you learn in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You also learn no one can do it all alone and that it's OK to risk asking for help.

wYou learn the only thing you must truly fear is the great robber baron of all time, FEAR itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your terms.

wYou learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.

wYou learn life isn't always fair, you don't always get what you think you deserve and sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people. On these occasions you learn not to personalize things. You learn no one is punishing you or failing to answer your prayers. It is just life happening.

wYou learn to deal with evil in its most primal state - the ego. You learn negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.

wYou learn to admit when you are wrong and to building bridges instead of walls.

wYou learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.

wSlowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and to make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less than your heart's desire.

wYou hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind and you make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.

wFinally, with courage in your heart and with faith by your side you take a stand, you take a deep breath and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can. from http://www.vipmhlc.com/

"Know Thyself"
Wars, factions, and fighting,' said Socrates as he looked forward from his last hour, 'have no other origin than this same body and its lusts. ... We must set the soul free from it; we must behold things as they are. And having thus got rid of the foolishness of the body, we shall be pure and hold converse with the pure, and shall in our own selves have complete knowledge of the Incorruptible which is, I take it, no other than the very truth.' (Socrates).

And lastly a variation on another quote by Socrates by none other than my wife, Mini:
"The only thing I know for sure is that I don't know."

Other quotes by Socrates:

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Some quotes after LeaderShape

Civilization is a race between education and catastrophe. - H.G. Wells (engraved into concrete on the Paradise Valley Community College campus)

The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom but to set a limit to infinite error. – Ervin Szucs 1898-1956

I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any. I refuse to live in other people's houses as an interloper, a beggar or a slave. - Mahatma Mohandas Gandhiji

An Education System which merely Informs but does not Instruct, trains the head but not the heart and soul of the student, has disastrous effect on the society. - Pandurang Shastri Athavale

Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character; Where there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the whole; Where there is harmony in the whole, there is justice in the nation; Where there is justice in the nation, there is peace in the world. - Abdul Kalam

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. - Leo Tolstoy

Happy moments, praise God – Difficult moments, seek God – Quiet moments, worship God Painful moments, trust God – Every moment, thank God. - GCA Directory

When I Asked God for Strength He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face,
When I Asked God for Brain & Brown He Gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve,
When I Asked God for Happiness He Showed Me Some Unhappy People,
When I Asked God for Wealth He Showed Me How to Work Hard,
When I Asked God for Favors He Showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard,
When I Asked God for Peace He Showed Me How to Help Others,
God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted, He Gave Me Everything I Needed. - Swami Vivekananda

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go. -Mother Teresa

A variation on "Heavy is the head that wears a crown":
Heavy is the head that never is allowed to wear a crown on their birthday. - myself about third world kids 

A variation on "It's lonely at the top":
It is lonely at the top and at the bottom of the normal distribution curve. - myself

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen - Prayer of Sant Francis of Assisi

"You are the makers of your own fortunes. You make yourselves suffer, you make good and evil, and it is you who put your hands before your eyes and say it is dark. Take your hands away and see the light."

"Who will give the world light? Sacrifice in the past has been the Law, it will be, alas, for ages to come. The earth's bravest and best will have to sacrifice themselves for the good of many, for the welfare of all."

"Come out into the universe of Light. Everything in the universe is yours, stretch out your arms and embrace it with love. If you ever felt you wanted to do that, you have felt God." - Swami Vivekananda

poem: The Secret Sits
We dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows. - Robert Frost From "A Witness Tree", 1942