Cleansing a Rather Disconcerting Week
I awakened early this morning with the intention of not being swallowed up by the relentless waves of negativity.
Earlier this year Awakening to Yes came together as a prayer or mantra to help reign in the demons and steady the day forward. My intention was to post it here with whatever comments would flow. Then in reading my favorite blogs this from Seth Godin resonated. Next in the queue was Steve Blank. I hope the litany of these three will serve as pathway to the desire for understanding, faith, and our individual perseverance as peace makers.
Awakening to Yes
Awakening to yes
The love of God
The light of Christ
The divine guidance of the Holy Spirit
I will there be light.
Listening to yes
Eternal as a child of God
Temporal as a human point of light in the tapestry of the universe
Blessed and blessing
I will listen in an attitude of gratitude.
Thinking in yes
Mind never sleeps
Ever-connected it is always transmitting and receiving
How do we know?
Awareness resonates from within.
Behaving in yes
Initiating and reacting are the daily affairs of life
Kindness, respect, forgiveness
The fundamental practices.
Resting in yes
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray dear Lord my soul to keep
But if I die before I wake
I prayer dear Lord my soul you’ll take.
February 22, 2017
Questions for the underinformed
For the jingoistic sign carrier, the impatient shareholder, the late-night goofball and the nascent entrepreneur in search of cash…
We’ve heard your rants, your threats, your plans. We understand that you are in a hurry for a simple, dramatic, obvious solution to whatever problem you face.
“And then what happens?”
“Has this ever worked before?”
“How is this different (or the same) from those times?”
“What will you do when it doesn’t work the way you hoped?”
Innovation is essential, but innovation isn’t lazy. It takes insight and patience and experience to bring a new solution to an old problem.
Impatience is not a strategy.
Experience isn’t free, but it’s valuable.
And history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.
Working Outside the Tech Bubble
Annual note to self – most of the world exists outside the tech bubble.
We have a summer home in New England in a semi-rural area, just ~10,000 people in town, with a potato farm across the street. Drive down the road and you can see the tall stalks of corn waving on other farms. Most people aren’t in tech or law or teaching in universities; they fall solidly in what is called working-class. They work as electricians, carpenters, plumbers, in hospitals, restaurants, as clerks, office managers, farmers, etc. They have solid middle-class values of work, family, education and country – work hard, own a home, have a secure job, and save for their kids’ college and their retirement.
This summer I was sitting in the Delekta Pharmacy in the nearby town of Warren having a Coffee Cabinet (a coffee milkshake). It’s one of the last drugstores with a real soda fountain. The summer tourists mostly come through on the weekend but during the week the locals come by to gab with the guy behind the counter. There are four small wooden booths along the wall in front of the fountain, and as I drank my Cabinet I got to overhear townie conversations from the other three booths.
Unlike every cafe I sit in the valley or San Francisco, their conversations were not about tech.
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Blessing on your day,