A moment of praise

As I was recently developing a new form, structure, or type of organization, I was going through the many processes of design – modeling of the organizational framework when I reached a point where I was imagining a potential motivational loop… blah, blah, blah – when this came to me:

As amazing as this wonderfully diverse world is; there is one thing, one ability that every single one of us share – regardless of race, sex, age, culture, financial affluence, or even geographical location – everyone can positively acknowledge another person.

This may be one of our collective human communities most undervalued and sadly, underspent currencies of influential joy.

I know you can do it… Let someone know they matter, that they did good, or even a hello to remind them that they are not alone.

Who knows, it might be you that is appreciated into remembering that we are all in this together.

Be well… and share it.

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I didn’t know you, but thanks for the lessons.

I was ready for a busy day of networking and frantically looking for a way to continue my quest to make this project a reality. Financial assimilation is sometimes extremely difficult for even an insanely important cause, and that is one of the saddest truths of our current world. My calendar had many tasks on it but as I started in I found myself unsettled and seeking something that wasn’t apparent on my to-do list.

Last night I had gone to bed after an emotional day feeling exhausted at the level of my soul, it wasn’t a depressing feeling, more the sense that I had worked hard at something. I slept deeply without dreams and only stirred once from a side snap kick to the forehead delivered lovingly from our Boston Terrier “Winston”, who can’t seem to sleep anywhere other than between our heads.

I started to hear the gentle sounds of Lisa, my wife, getting ready for work; she has a long commute and needs to wake very early. Then my loving wife woke me as I like to make her breakfast before she heads out. I was very tired but I got up and still seemed to enjoy fixing it for her, (sorry if there were any shells in the eggs babe). At some point, as I went back to bed, she shared the news that Steve Jobs had died. I was immediately transported to a thought and unconsciously spouted “I guess money does buy you a long life”.

I meant nothing disrespectful, I had always seen Steve Jobs as a tremendous creator, I just never got to know him as is true for many of us. None the less his passing would quickly affect my life, in ways that will surely enrich my future.

One of the things that came up as I sought after something that was on my list, was this post, but before that happen I opened up ted.com and looked for an inspiring video. This is something I do often when I am trying to jumpstart a creative day. What I found was a video of Steve Jobs speaking at a Stanford University graduation, which I thought was poignant.

Another thing that came up was an email from my wife, the most touching correspondence I have ever received from her. She seemed to think that it had been born out of my half-conscious comment about Steve’s passing.

After watching the video, (I have enclosed link below) I felt the desire to write this thank you to Steve for lessons he shared. I also learned that he and I share a great deal of the same spiritual make up and it reminded me of wisdoms I have found along the way, but seem so easy to forget while we focus on the carrot dangled in front of our noses.

I can only hope that you find what I did, and somehow remember that these are the valuable wisdoms that we may strive to recognize and practice daily, not only when we are lucky enough to get the “god shot” of their timely delivery.

http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.html

A “Time Out” for Jeremy

If we don’t have time to recognize those fellow humans that make our world a better place, what are we doing with our time?

As time is our most valuable and temporary asset I humbly ask you for the time it will take for you to share an attempt to recognize someone that is exceptional and has positively change your world even if you don’t know he exists.

I have started the Facebook page:  Let’s get Jeremy Gilley nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and Ask you to spread the word about it, or if you fit within the “who can nominate criteria” please consider nominating Jeremy Gilley for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Both of the above areas are hyper linked to their respective destinations.

The Facebook page was made to ask our global community to get Jeremy Gilley nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. It would be a great impact on all of us, giving Jeremy the inroad to a lot more positive change.

Looking through history’s volumes of change we find sediments left behind by a great many amazing humans, few have ever made as much positive impact for peace as Jeremy Gilley. Future generations will see the evidence time has given to illustrate his real contributions, as for now it seems obvious for the few that understand comparative mathematics.1 out of 365.

With nearly 7 billion humans on this planet, 1 (Jeremy) has lead us to capture 1 day of peace out of 365 days in the year.  Leaving 364 for the rest of the 7 billion… Enough said!

A link to Jeremy’s TED talk:

http://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_gilley_one_day_of_peace.html

A Clarification of Vision

The posts on this blog travel from philosophy back to intention and everywhere in between. There is a method to it and I hope you will collaborate. I also hope you can stick with it long enough to see the big picture, the one where you will see the complex connection to what we are doing, where we are going, and the routines, traditions, and behaviors that got us here. Perhaps then we can choose a different path, because we are not heading in a sustainable direction.

The project is interconnected with most of our human and planetary issues.  The projects primary focus is helping our civilization become aware, understand, redirect, and prepare for the transitional age before we run out of time and the resources to do so.

The entire project was born from the understanding that our civilization will soon endure a transitional event, its duration and severity will be determined by the preparedness of its inhabitant and will affect every one of us.

The interconnected factors of our environmental carrying capacity and the diminishing energy resource that supports its current ability to supply, creates an overshoot that makes such an event inevitable.  

There is a universal question that appears whenever someone finds this information and it is based in: When? The universality of this question is human nature; it’s based in our fight or flight mentality.  The answer to this is complex, but to simplify and share an understanding of urgency, the “when” is right now. The data shows us being past the point of “seamless transition” or non-adverse redirection. It’s happening all around you and is not as tangible for some as it is for others.

As things tend to evolve, the plans may change method but the objective will always remain intact. The project will grow with this path, and if it has to change or assimilate into another’s structure, then so be it. The objective is its primary importance, not its founder’s ego.

The Finding Finite Project as a whole is made up of several efforts:

  • The writing of the book(s) and manuals
  • The design & development of the governing dynamics for neighborhood villages
  • The initiation & development of a national network of neighborhood villages

The writing of the book(s) and manuals:

The first of three books is titled “Finding Finite”.  This book is a collection of facts, philosophies, and illustrations that, while addressing many different concerns, it will ultimately share the interconnected nature of our human direction, momentum, and common transitional destination.  It is the explorative journey from the perspective of a person who started with an individualized focus and ended with a globalized outlook. Taking the life experiences and insights of a world traveled quest to seek answers, pose questions, then finding a destination of purpose by illustrating the incongruent way our civilization is living.

The second and third books are titled “Understanding Finite” and “Living Finite” and will attempt to act as an evolutionary model. These books will further investigate the link between the value of our life’s time and how we choose to spend it. These books will further explore and identify the ways we can all live within the finite nature of things, fully embrace life’s treasures, seek lessons, and accept realities. It promotes the practice of living through acceptance, compassion, gratitude, and the knowledge of choice.

The manuals: These handbooks present themselves through the writing process and are categorized in many perspectives and forms, e.g. “operational” or “how to” manuals and documents.

The design & development of the governing dynamics for neighborhood villages:

The governing dynamics of any simple or complex managed system is always a challenge; however, our present ability to use past civilizations historical lessons is of great benefit. We will first breakdown the existing structure into a basic universal perspective, then identify and understand the generalized needs of all humans and their environments ecological interdependence. Once the balanced elements of “need” become apparent, we can design a system that is culturally infusible and allows the diversity of our civilization to be an empowering adaption to the overall design.

All cultures will have to make some sacrifices in traditional and nontraditional lifestyles to accommodate the sustainability of the overall system. The base structure will evolve into a homogenous interaction at the network level.

We intend to resource many universities, faculties, and their student bodies to assist with the design and implementation. A variety of “Beta Test” style projects have been addressed with a number of sociology departments. We also intend to involve the present government at some level.

The initiation & development of a national network of neighborhood villages:

We will start the development in more than one way. There are existing efforts, groups, and movements that support this kind of program. We will have our own initiatives, as well as align with the others that share similar purpose. We feel collaboration is not only the way to be successful with a project of this scope, diversity, and importance, but also inherently fitting to the interconnected nature of our global population.

This initiation will start with the development of core groups. Taking the community garden culture and transforming backyards. These core groups can be the neighborhood bonfires that radiate connectivity, sharing, community involvement and learning about its food source and our overall message of preparedness.