Your Soul Food for Valentine’s Day Week: Get Real, Counterprogram Your Reality with Delight, Build Trust and Enjoy the Process Palooza!

This week:
“This World Does Not Want To Be Saved. It Wants To Be LOVED. That’s How You Save IT.”
So, Get Real, Counterprogram Your Reality with Delight, Build Trust and Enjoy the Process Palooza!

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Let’s Get Real!
We are only as sick as our secrets and sometimes victims of our own ignorance.
Minimizing trauma of any kind doesn’t allow us to authentically understand and effectively address challenges that so many individuals, families and communities face in our world today.
This story is both deeply person-centered and data-driven and will open your heart.
Kate Kemplin studied military resilience for years – long before her husband experienced a traumatic brain injury in Iraq, and later killed himself. Now, Kemplin is using her expertise to dispel the “myth” that TBIs are “just headaches.”

https://www.pri.org/file/2020-02-11/traumatic-brain-injury-expert-describes-her-personal-loss

 

In these dark, combative times, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and expressing love, enjoy the most radical counterprogramming you could imagine: a show made up entirely of stories about delight.

Choose Delight in This American Life!

  • Understanding delight through American pop culture
  • The discipline and rigor of seeking and holding onto delight
  • Doing something delightful for the very first time- getting to ride the school bus
  • Discovering delight late in life
  • Follow the night zookeeper at the Denver Zoo as she doles out snacks and tucks the animals in

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/692/the-show-of-delights

 

11 WAYS TO BUILD TRUST:

Here are some thoughts about how we can build the trust that is essential for great relationships. Many of the suggestions you are already know. Many ideas I share are common sense. However, I’ve found that so often amidst the chaos of life and work we forget the simple and powerful truths that matter most. So here are 11 thoughts about trust. Feel free to share these simple reminders with your leaders, colleagues and team.

  1. Say what you are going to do and then do what you say!
  1. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Frequent, honest communication builds trust. Poor communication is one of the key reasons marriages and work relationships fall apart.
  1. Trust is built one day, one interaction at a time, and yet it can be lost in a moment because of one poor decision. Make the right decision.
  1. Value long term relationships more than short term success.
  1. Sell without selling out. Focus more on your core principles and customer loyalty than short term commissions and profits.
  1. Trust generates commitment; commitment fosters teamwork; and teamwork delivers results. When people trust their team members they not only work harder, but they work harder for the good of the team.
  1. Be honest! My mother always told me to tell the truth. She would say, “If you lie to me then we can’t be a strong family. So don’t ever lie to me even if the news isn’t good.”
  1. Become a coach. Coach your customers. Coach your team at work. Guide people, help them be better and you will earn their trust.
  1. Show people you care about them. When people know you care about their interests as much as your own they will trust you. If they know you are out for yourself, their internal alarm sounds and they will say to themselves “watch out for that person.”
  1. Always do the right thing. We trust those who live, walk and work with integrity.

11. When you don’t do the right thing, admit it. Be transparent, authentic and willing to share your mistakes and faults. When you are vulnerable and have nothing to hide you radiate trust.

 

If you are local…

Complimentary Passes for the 3rd Annual Process Palooza at UC San Diego where I am Keynoting on March 25th 2020:
The Process Palooza returns to UC San Diego!
Join us on March 25 for a high-energy, day-long conference that celebrates a commitment to business excellence, operational efficiency and continuous improvement.
Process Palooza features engaging keynotes and workshops, an expo area with awesome prizes and the opportunity to network with change leaders from UC San Diego, other universities and the local business community. UCSD executives and our keynote speaker, Neville Billimoria, will kick off the day.
Workshops topics cover Lean Six Sigma basics; continuous improvement success stories from campus, health and local industry; the student experience and more…

Interested?
You’re invited!
Visit processpalooza.ucsd.edu to learn more, and contact angelamiller@ucsd.edu to request a complimentary pass for local non-profits. Space is Limited.

 

Thanks Mission Fed!
This week I celebrated my 18th year at Mission Fed.
Thanks for the opportunity to serve and transform lives both in our community and through the power of education!

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Thanks this week go to Larry H, Rex H, Team UC San Diego and Team Mission Fed!
Please pay it forward…
Love,
Neville

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“Love is misunderstood to be an emotion;
actually, it is a state of awareness,
a way of being in the world,
a way of seeing oneself and others.”
–Dr. David Hawkins

Remember Who You Are, Leadership & Blind Spots, Good Ideas and Creativity and Honoring Women @ Work

This week:

  • Remember Who YOU Are
  • An Open Letter To The Comfortable CEO
  • Women Now Outnumber Men On U.S. Payrolls
  • Where Do Good Ideas Come From?
  • Can Slowing Down Help You Be More Creative?

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REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE with Jon G:

I live in the Jacksonville, FL area, which has the distinction of being the largest city in terms of geographic area in the United States. We are also home to the St. Johns River, one of the few rivers in the world that flows north. While much of the world’s rivers flow south the St. Johns River flows north.

I believe our identity works the same way.

Most people live from the outside in.

They allow their circumstances, job, role, money, and uniform to define them. They believe they are who society says they are. They believe their identity comes from what they do, not who they are.

They believe that what people on social media say about them defines them.

Unfortunately, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Your identity doesn’t flow outside in. It flows in a different direction. It flows from the inside out.

Your identity comes from who you truly are, not what society says you are. The world shares one message but your true identity doesn’t come from the world. It comes from the truth that you know in your heart and soul. It comes from who you are on the inside. It comes from God who put greatness and love and purpose inside you.

While much of the world will continue to flow one way, my hope is that you will flow in the opposite direction. Never let the opinion of others define you. Critics write words but they don’t write the future. You do with your optimism, belief and actions.

Gandhi said, “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet” and when it comes to social media don’t let anyone walk through your mind with their dirty Tweet.

When Superman took off his superman outfit who was he? Many say he was Clark Kent but the truth is he was still Superman. It wasn’t his uniform or cape that defined him and made him powerful. It was the power that existed inside him.

It was his identity that no one could take away.

Remember who you are and remind yourself that no one was the power to take away your identity and define you unless you let them.

When you remember who you are, you will be your most powerful and positive you.

And who are you?

You are a child of God and you are loved.

It’s not politically correct to say it. But I’m saying it because it’s true and I care about you. I know that when you know this you will flow north and flow more powerfully in the direction of your dreams to create the life you were meant to live.

-Jon

 

An Open Letter To The Comfortable CEO with Shannon McCrary:

Dear CEO, as we head toward the middle of the 21st century, I write this letter to shed some light on some blind spots within your company, that may ultimately prevent a successful transition towards a brighter future. While the foundation of your company may appear in safe standing, the reality is that you could be slow dancing in a burning room with your employees and the wider community severely affected. This letter is intended to inform, and hopefully disrupt, the status quo of your organization with a few key points:
https://real-leaders.com/an-open-letter-to-the-comfortable-ceo/

 

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?
Earlier this year, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk decided to give away his company’s patents for free. It might seem like a strange business move, but Musk said he wanted to inspire creativity and accelerate innovation.
Writer Steven Johnson says this is the way great ideas have been born throughout history.
https://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/322920914/where-do-good-ideas-come-from

 

Women Now Outnumber Men On U.S. Payrolls:

“It reminds us to take a moment and think about the kind of strides women have made in the labor market,” Stevenson says.
“But also, the future of the labor force is going to involve greater women’s equality.”
https://www.npr.org/2020/01/10/795293539/women-now-outnumber-men-on-u-s-payrolls

 

Can Slowing Down Help You Be More Creative with Adam Grant:
Despite being a self-described ‘pre-crastinator, psychologist Adam Grant says those who slow down — even procrastinate — tend to be more creative, original thinkers.
https://www.npr.org/2016/08/26/490625260/can-slowing-down-help-you-be-more-creative

 

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If you are local…

Mission Fed Members…

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You could win in 2020!

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Thanks this week go to Larry H, Shannon Mc and all of you challenging orthodoxies and making our world better!
Love,
Neville

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“Communication is the real work of leadership.”– Nitin Nohria

“Blessings for a New Position”, TOMORROW ISN’T GUARANTEED, Music for Your Soul & Learning from the Animal Kingdom

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“Blessings for a New Position,” To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

May your new work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.

May this work challenge you toward
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.

May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.

Remember to be kind
To those who work for you,
Endeavor to remain aware
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.

Be fair in your expectations,
Compassionate in your criticism.
May you have the grace of encouragement
To awaken the gift in the other’s heart,
Building in them the confidence
To follow the call of the gift.

May you come to know that work
Which emerges from the mind of love
Will have beauty and form.

May this new work be worthy
Of the energy of your heart
And the light of your thought.

May your work assume
A proper space in your life;
Instead of owning or using you,
May it challenge and refine you,
Bringing you every day further
Into the wonder of your heart.

– John O’Donohue, “Blessings for a New Position,” To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings (2008)

 

TOMORROW ISN’T GUARANTEED:

My mom answered the phone and all you could hear was a woman’s voice yelling “Get up here. Get up here!” After the woman calmed down my Mom found out my Grandfather had a heart attack while sitting on the porch of their country cottage in upstate NY.

I watched as my Mom and Dad raced upstairs to get some things and ran to the car and took off in a panic for upstate NY from Long Island. My Dad was a former NYC cop so he turned a usually 2-3 hour trip into 90 minutes by driving 100mph.

When my Dad called that night I asked how Grandpa was doing and he just said in a soft scratchy voice, I’ll tell you everything tomorrow. I was in 8th grade at the time and went to school the next day thinking everything was going to be fine.

Just after lunch I got called to the Principal’s office and was told my Dad was waiting for me in his car outside. When I got in the car I saw tears in my Dad’s eyes. I don’t think I ever saw him cry before so I knew the news wasn’t good. “How’s Grandpa,” I asked?

“Grandpa didn’t make it,” he said choking on his words. “He died last night.” Those words still bring me to tears even now as I write this 36 years later. I just broke down and cried and cried and cried.

When I walked in the front door my Mom was there waiting for me. We hugged and just cried together.

I never had anyone close to me die before. It didn’t seem real. My mind couldn’t accept it. Each day I woke up thinking it was just a bad dream… but it wasn’t. He had a massive heart attack while my Grandmother was cooking in the kitchen and he died instantly.

I learned that day about the fragility of life. One minute you are here and the next you are gone. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.

Yet over time you forget. You forget about the temporary nature of life. You forget about your own mortality. You forget that life can be lost and your world can change in a moment… until a day like yesterday when the world learned that Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and several of their friends.

When I heard the news I felt once again like that 8th grade kid… shocked, sad, heartbroken and hoping and praying it wasn’t true. I hate when we’re reminded of the fragility of life. I always think people are going to live forever until they don’t. Even after my Grandparents passed away I never thought my parents would die until I saw them go. I hate it even more when it’s so sudden. I never got to say goodbye to my Grandfather and my heart breaks for Kobe’s family and friends that didn’t get to say goodbye to him and his daughter.

Life is fragile. We don’t know when our time is up. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed for any of us. So let’s not go through the motions. Let’s care more and put our heart and soul into our life and our relationships today.

NOW is the time to create our masterpiece.

-Jon

 

Letting Music Speak, When We Have No Words…

Here is a set list that might allow you to feel what words cannot say.

Filled with both rebellion and surrender, emotional honesty and spiritual release, heartbreak and loss as well as hope for a better tomorrow and a better self and from a variety of genres to appeal to many palettes, I hope something speaks to your heart, mood and deepest of feelings…

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/739DCRruBbOCj7bQVrMdvE?si=53Z2PxpmScuOmuzozJBGOg

Don’t have/use Spotify?
Here are direct links to the set list:

 

Why in this Modern Age do we Venerate Action and Vilify Reflection?
We can learn a thing or two from the animal kingdom…

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Stay Healthy!

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE (2019-nCoV)

Risk Assessment
Outbreaks of virus infections among people are always of public health concern. The risk from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including whether and how well it spreads between people, the severity of resulting illness, and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccine or treatment meds). Investigations are ongoing to learn more, but person-to-person spread of 2019-nCoV is occurring. Chinese officials report that sustained person-to-person spread in the community is occurring in China. Person-to-person spread in the United States has not yet been detected, but it’s likely to occur to some extent. While CDC considers this is a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time. CDC is taking proactive preparedness precautions.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Right now, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • All maintenance and cleaning staff should wear appropriate PPEs while cleaning or servicing public areas.

CDC Recommends

While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:

  • For everyone: It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.

Safety and HR are monitoring bulletins and information from CDC and the World Health Organization. We will update the situation and advise as appropriate.

 

Thanks this week go to John O c/o Danny F, Jon G c/o Larry H, Eric K, & Bob C
What can you do today to pay it forward?
Love,
Neville

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“If you have to ask what Jazz is you will never know” –Louis Armstrong

Don’t Believe Everything You Think, Stay Open to Feedback, Avoid Psychosclerosis (Functional Fixedness) , Choose Love & Redefine Yourself!

This week: Don’t Believe Everything You Think!

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Celebrating MLK:

Was Martin Luther King, Jr., a Republican or a Democrat?

Political parties are always looking for endorsements from community leaders and other influencers. Having support from prominent figures can make or break a candidate or party. It’s no surprise that sometimes political groups will also try to claim affiliation with historical figures of note.

https://www.britannica.com/story/was-martin-luther-king-jr-a-republican-or-a-democrat

 

‘A Nation Unsettled and on the Brink’ by Dr. Ken D:
Relationships are built on trust.
Families and nations falter or thrive depending on the willingness and ability of members and citizens to learn how to live with their differences, find common ground and trust one another.
https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/478930-a-nation-unsettled-and-on-the-brink

 

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Forget What You Believe!
Inspiration for Conscious Leadership with Eric K:

When I started reading Krishnamurti’s teachings, it wasn’t just my mind that caught fire, my heart lit up, too. Krishnamurti in the early 1900’s, you see, was groomed from childhood by the Theosophical Society to be the world’s next great Spiritual Prophet.

But by his mid-20’s he awoke to Truth and rejected this role. Instead, he called for a revolution in the psyche of every human. He taught that the revolution of consciousness wasn’t affiliated with any outside entity – with any religious, political, or social sect. He taught that meditation, inquiry, and relationships lead to an experience of Truth. For me, he’s the granddaddy of Conscious Leadership – he was a passionate advocate for the need for a radical change in society.

This radical change, I believe, isn’t possible from governments – they’re concerned with holding power, protecting their people, and tending to a massive bureaucracy. This radical change isn’t possible from religious bodies – they’re focused on being right, maintaining control, and advancing a singular ideology.

The radical change that humanity is aching for is available – surprisingly and even shockingly – from leaders of companies. You, business leader, have become the shaper of society. You, business leader, have become the de facto influencer of ideas, ideals, norms, and culture.

So you, my dear leader, are now carrying a mantle of responsibility for your team and organization, and also for the future of mankind. Are you ready for this? Are you ready to see your role in the unfolding human story? Are you ready to upgrade your consciousness to be a better steward of this responsibility?

Krishnamurti has powerful advice for upgrading our consciousness. “Any conclusion or hypothesis – Individualism or Collectivism, Capitalism or Socialism or Communism, Reincarnation, etc. – is a belief. By accepting a belief, you exclude all other forms of thinking. Belief in God does not mean understanding God. A mind tethered to a belief, hypothesis or conclusion – whether based on its own experience or the experience of others – cannot go far; it is not free but conditioned. Therefore, belief is a hindrance to understanding.”

Krishnamurti’s suggestion – question your beliefs – is a terrifying idea. What am I if not my beliefs?
Or as Stan, an experienced COO, put it, “My beliefs are right, they’re not random. If I doubt myself then the world is just mad and chaotic!”

But the conscious leader journey passes through the gates of doubt, travels the path of uncertainty, and enters the arena of Truth. You might begin your conscious leadership practices with recycling, fair trade, and diversity and inclusion, but you have to continue into the practice of Truth.

And I ain’t talking about some highly personal version of truth. In fact, I’m really concerned about a prevalent sickness that’s on display when a leader insists that their truth is “the Only Way.”  It’s a sickness called PSYCHOSCLEROSIS. It’s a hardening of the mind. It’s a stiff, brittle, and rigid mind hardened by too much certainty and too little curiosity.

This condition excludes new and conflicting ideas. And when we exclude ideas, we also exclude people. Leaders and executives with this sickness inevitably generate groupthink, restriction, discomfort, and, ultimately, decline.

Don’t get me wrong, you’ve got to have core values. And guiding principles, of course, are critical. And, you and I blossom with clear purpose and ideals.

No, you don’t need to walk around all day denying every belief every moment.
This could make the simple task of buying a cup of coffee quite maddening.
But refusing to budge from your position isn’t powerful, it’s childish, based in fear, and unconscious.

There’s more power in questioning than in fixed answers.
There’s more power in examining your precious ideas than in killing other’s ideas.
There’s more power in including dissenting voices than in homogeneity.

Einstein, Martin Luther, Martin Luther King, Bill Gates, Marie Curie, Pablo Picasso, Steve Jobs, Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Andy Warhol, Amerigo Vespucci.
These are beacons of genius that shine because of breakout discovery and achievement.
Breakout.
They dissented from the normal, familiar patterns of others around them.
They questioned their tradition, culture, and beliefs.
Their enlightenment came at the cost of their compliance and conformity.

I say, REBELLION IS THE SEED OF ENLIGHTENMENT.
Enlightenment is understanding the non-personal truth.
Rebellion is rejecting the norm.
If the Truth were obvious, we’d all agree.
But we don’t.
Truth isn’t obvious.
If the truth isn’t obvious then we have to seek it away from the norm.

In Zen we call this Beginner Mind. This state is one of curiosity and inquiry. This is a practice of gently and consistently noting our cherished beliefs, opinions, and notions, and setting them aside.

This willing questioning, this suspension of our certainty, this opening to possibility, this mature rebellion, is departing from your comfort zone.
Beyond the comfort zone is innovation, possibility, growth, understanding, and perspective.
Beyond the comfort zone is access to deeper truth.

Beyond the comfort zone is expansive contact with Life.

And “expansive contact” is fancy words for LOVE.
Love is connection. Love is inclusion. Love is endless and holds everything within it.
When we love we don’t judge, we receive.
When we love we don’t push away, we pull closer.
When we love we don’t hurt, we nurture.
When we love we don’t belittle, we value the other.

Love is the most powerful of all the gifts of Beginner Mind.
Love is the most powerful of all leadership principles.
Love and curiosity are the sparks of conscious leadership.

The power you seek in certainty and fixed ideas isn’t sustainable.
The power you seek lies in questioning.
The power you seek lies in Truth.
The power your seek lies in loving.

There’s a trick to being a breakout and conscious leader and person – express your beliefs passionately, but hold them quite lightly.

The path Krishnamurti illuminates for us is the path to a radical and positive change for mankind.
Take his guidance, question your beliefs and reach further with love.
This is the ticket to sustainable power, creative expression, and a thriving society.

In the spirit of leading and learning.
Eric

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This Bud’s For 3 and Dwyane Wade:
While a commercial (and this is only made evident at the end), this spot speaks to not just the professional role we play in life, but the personal role and impact we can have that transcends that professional capacity, however we choose to define ourselves…
https://biggeekdad.com/2020/01/bigger-than-basketball/

 

Thanks this week go to HHDL, Dr. Ken D, Eric K, Stan S, Larry H and MLK!
Please pay it forward, choose love and redefine yourself!
Love,
Neville

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“An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Aspiring To Be The Master Student: Instead of Move like Jagger, let’s “Be like Basho” and Be Your Own Hero!

This week: Be Like Basho

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise, seek what they sought” Basho

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The Master Student- Life Lessons from the Mind of the Dragon:
At the end of last year, I picked up a magazine as part of an impulse buy at a local grocery store featuring Bruce Lee- cover to cover.
https://www.amazon.com/BRUCE-LEE-OFFICIAL-COLLECTORS-VOL/dp/B082BWZJCD/ref=pd_sbs_14_t_2/142-9993011-2490252?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B082BWZJCD&pd_rd_r=26d4290d-81fc-451f-b023-c2f059a33c89&pd_rd_w=2DhKi&pd_rd_wg=igMxv&pf_rd_p=5cfcfe89-300f-47d2-b1ad-a4e27203a02a&pf_rd_r=7340DYGF15NXXBGNSZ2D&psc=1&refRID=7340DYGF15NXXBGNSZ2D

As many of you know, I have been practicing traditional martial arts for over 40 years and still feel like a beginner.

Anyway, some of the articles were really good and the concept that stuck with me most, and that resonated most deeply was the idea of the Master Student.

This is in lieu of striving to become a “Master”, which invariably comes with all its ego-driven elements- regardless of your field of interest from martial arts to music or from science to spirituality.

Last week, with the untimely passing of Neil Peart the virtuoso from the rock band RUSH who was nicknamed “The Professor” for his genius as a percussionist and wordsmith, both artistic worlds that I enjoy deeply, in the last few days, a lot of articles about him are revealing other aspects of his life experience.

Clearly, there are no accidents and it was very validating and serendipitous to see this quote on his home page: https://www.rush.com/band/neil-peart/

“What is a master but a master student? And if that’s true, then there’s a responsibility on you to keep getting better and to explore avenues of your profession.”

This approach explained a lot about Peart’s path to greatness, founded on the same lifelong learning orientation that Bruce Lee’s life and success was built on.

His band mates used to tease Peart about his insistence on doing a month of solo preparation before group practices begun, telling him he’s the only man on Earth who “rehearses to rehearse”.

Neil Peart liked to ask himself a couple of key questions.
One is “What is the most excellent thing I can do today?”
The other query, posed in the face of any moral dilemma, is “What would my 16-year-old self do?”
Ultimately, Peart wanted the freaky, purist kid he once was to be proud of him. “It’s about being your own hero,” he says. “I set out to never betray the values that 16-year-old had, to never sell out, to never bow to the man. A compromise is what I can never accept.”

Instead of Moving like Jagger (no disrespect intended Maroon 5) , maybe for this new decade we can “Be like Basho”

 

Finding Secular Spirituality Through Literature:

This week, Here and Now host Robin Young has been exploring secular spirituality, defined as being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material things. Unless, of course, those things are books. People often turn to them to answer life’s big questions: How can I be a better person? How can I find joy? How can I process grief? Here is a great interview and some amazing book selections to kick off the new decade.

https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/01/14/secular-spirituality-books

If you are local:

Preparations have begun for Remake Learning San Diego with exciting family events across the county highlighting innovations in education.
The goal is to highlight the great work already happening here in San Diego.

We Need Your Help!
We encourage you to check out and then post your event information on the Remake Learning San Diego website by Sunday, February 2. Events posted by early February will be included in the Remake Learning national marketing strategy. Please help build the excitement of ReMake Learning by including your events in this inaugural initiative. Our goal is to have 35 – 50 San Diego events populated into our database by the time our website goes live. Please let us know if you would like assistance posting your event; we would be happy to help. Remember, advertising on our website is not only wonderful for our families, it is also great publicity for your organization.

Micro-Awards
Micro-awards, to help defer the costs of events, are still available for up to $500. Applications are available on the Remake Learning website.

We are sending a follow-up newsletter later on this week, so stay tuned! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Warmest regards,

The San Diego ReMake Learning Initiative Team

Erin English, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Innovation
San Diego County Office of Education
erin.english@sdcoe.net

Lisa Dawley, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education, University of San Diego
ldawley@sandiego.edu

Alina Mitchell, M.A.
Learning Experience Specialist
Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education, University of San Diego
alinamitchell@sandiego.edu

Katie Martin, Ph.D.
Educator, Author of Learner-Centered Innovation
Vice President of Professional Learning, Altitude Learning
katie@altitudelearning.com

Remake Learning Days in San Diego County is an initiative facilitated by the Innovation Division of the San Diego Office of Education, the Jacob’s Institute for Innovation in Education of the University of San Diego and Altitude Learning.

 

Thanks to all the aspiring master students out there!

Please pay it forward…
Love ALL!
Neville

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“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise, seek what they sought” Basho

Staying Childlike- A Good Laugh and A Long Sleep Are The Two Best Cures for Anything!

This week:

With so much craziness in the world, sometimes we just need to go back to basics…

Staying Childlike
A Good Laugh and A Long Sleep Are The Two Best Cures for Anything!

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THE KEY TO AN EXCITING LIFE:

I believe I have found the key to happiness and success and it can be observed first hand in millions of homes and children’s hearts during the holiday season. The key is to be like a kid on Christmas morning – Thankful for the gifts you have received and optimistic and excited about the new gifts that are coming your way.

It starts with being grateful. When you are grateful for the gifts in your life, big and small, you always seem to find more things to be grateful about. That’s why abundance will flow into our life when gratitude flows out of our heart.

We become a gratitude magnet and experience more joy, love, peace, and happiness. (Note: I’m not talking about material gifts. I’m talking about the gifts of the heart.)

But what about my desire for a promotion, a better job, more money, more friends, better health, more success you might ask? Isn’t it important to strive for more? Doesn’t gratitude breed contentment and stagnation? How can I be thankful when I know my life can be so much better?

That’s why it’s important to also be optimistic and excited about the new gifts that are coming your way.

Sure you are thankful for what you have but you also look forward to more gifts in the future. You believe that your best days are ahead of you, not behind you. When people ask you how things are going you say, “Getting better every day.”

This was something I learned a number of years ago. At the peak of my misery, struggles and failures I realized I had to stop being disappointed about where I was and needed to start looking forward to where I was going. Once I started being thankful for the simple gifts in my life and became excited about the road ahead I experienced a completely different journey.

When you change your heart and mind you change the direction of your life. 

So what are you thankful for? What is right about your life? Be sincerely grateful. Then think about what your brighter and better future looks like. What do you hope for? Trust it is possible. Get excited.

We often think that we’ll get excited about life when we have a life that is exciting but actually it works just the opposite.

When we get excited about life, we get a life that is exciting. 

In this spirit may you experience amazing gifts this year and may 2020 bring you even greater gifts than you could imagine…

 

Peanuts!
It was October 3, 1950 when “Peanuts” first debuted in seven newspapers under the United Features Syndicate.

Developed by Charles M. Schulz, who was raised Lutheran in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, “Peanuts” ran for nearly 50 years and was published in 2,600 newspapers, 75 countries and 21 languages.
Take the time to look at these gems of wisdom from good old Charles Schultz.
Wishing you a terrific week filled with peace & love.

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May You Laugh Like This!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYjCY6qVHCY

 

Thanks this week to Larry H for some of these submissions, and all of you who choose virtue over selfishness, inclusion over division and love over fear!
Please pay it forward this week…
Love,
Neville

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“If the youth are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel its warmth.”
African Proverb

Your First Soul Food to LEAP into 2020: Destination GREATNESS!

This week:

 Ancient wisdom dating back thousands of years gave us the truth about gratitude.
Every single religion (and wisdom tradition) speaks of giving thanks.
All the sages and saviors of the world demonstrated the use of gratitude in all their teachings.
The greatest human beings that have ever lived showed us the way with gratitude, and by their example became shining lights in our history.
Surely this is why Einstein said, “Thank You” hundreds of times every single day!

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Hello,
Welcome to Flight ✈️#2020 😀.
We are prepared to take off into the New Year 🎉!
Please make sure your Attitude and Blessings 🙏🏼 are secured and locked 🔐 in an upright ⬆️ position.
All self-destructive 💣devices should be turned off at this time.
All negativity👎🏼, hurt 😢 and discouragement 🤫 should be put away.
Should we lose Attitude under pressure 🤯, during the flight, reach up 🙋‍♀️and pull down a Prayer🙇🏼‍♀️.
Prayers 🙇🏼‍♀️will automatically be activated by Faith🙏🏼.
Once your Faith is activated, you can assist other passengers👨‍👩‍👦‍👦.
There will be NO 🚫❌BAGGAGE 🧰📦allowed on this flight !!!.
The Captain 👨‍✈️ has cleared us for takeoff🛫.
Destination GREATNESS 😤💪🏼.

 

Sport-
This One Minute Video is a Hell of a Good “Kick” Start for the New Year:
Nothing is Impossible…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VRzYDQX_iw&feature=youtu.be

 

Health-
The Biggest Wellness Trends of 2020:
Here is to your wellbeing in the new year. Foresight is 2020
https://www.instyle.com/beauty/health-fitness/how-to-start-working-out

 

Science-
The Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2019:

  • Capturing a Black Hole
  • Fighting Ebola
  • The new CRISPR
  • Mind-reading Robo-suit
  • A Blood Test for Alzheimer’s

https://theweek.com/articles/885357/biggest-scientific-breakthroughs-2019

 

Practical-
28 Things to Help Make 2020 The Cleanest Year of Your Life:
https://www.buzzfeed.com/racheldunkel/things-that-may-make-2020-the-cleanest-year-of-your-life

 

Entertainment-
NPR’s Favorite Movies Of 2019:
(I thought Parasite was mind-bending!)
https://www.npr.org/2019/12/19/788660770/nprs-favorite-movies-of-2019

 

Power Tools-
The 9 Subscriptions You Should Bring With You Into 2020:
https://medium.com/swlh/the-9-subscriptions-you-should-bring-with-you-into-2020-7562c4778bb

 

Remembrance-
Remembering Ram Dass, Psychedelic Pioneer and New Age Guru:
“Soul doesn’t have a fear of dying, ego has a very pronounced fear of dying. The ego, this incarnation is life and dying. The soul is infinite”
Be Here Now!
https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/23/us/baba-ram-dass-death-trnd/index.html

 

Thanks this week go to Moshe E, Mehrad N, &Conscious Leaders & Psychonauts of All Stripes that are leading the way to a better tomorrow
Please Pay it Forward!
Love,
Neville

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“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds.

Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world.

Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”   

— Patanjali