Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Passion For Truth Part II: What It Means To Be Without Guile

Commentary From Anastasia

I have friends – lots of them – who are abundant in guilelessness. Some of them have even become my “peace buddies.”

That means whenever we meet, we do our best to be together in ways that lift up one another (and, of course, enhance our individual and collective environments.)

My “peace buddies” make my heart sing.

Being with them feels refreshing and inspiring. And, as safe and secure as it gets for humans. Sometimes, we can even get to “awe” right on the spot. (Not always as “awe” is a powerful mountain to climb.)

No matter what activity, project, adventure or challenge my “peace buddies” and I encounter -- and -- no matter the obstacles, we always come through them with elegant solutions.

These friends – consistently – meet the criteria needed to climb and reach the peak of the Mountain of Awe; striving to do their best with those 14 best peace builders' qualities – and –reliably transparent and accountable for their snakey behaviors.

We meet me with the intention of having hours to live at an optimum level, honoring the values we hold most dear. We’ve learned through many trials by fire - and continue to learn - the value of having respect for the manner in which we make our climb, not on whether or not we reach the peak, today, tomorrow or some other time.

My personal small "zone of peace" circle of most consistent and skillful “peace buddies are -
  • My tree hugging zop sistah, Sue (*zop sistah – charter member of the Divine Small "Zones Of Peace" Sisterhood, circa September 11, 2008).
  • Sandi (*zop sistah – charter member of the Divine Small "Zones Of Peace" Sisterhood, circa September 11, 2008).
  • Lorrie. honorary daughter, whose success at overcoming hurdles makes me proud. (More on Lorrie later.)
And Gloria and Alisia --- and --- and -----

And plenty of male “peace buddies”too.

As they bring in some challenges that are a bit gender distinct along with their special unique gifts, I will introduce them later.

All of us have become adept at finding “elegant solutions,” no matter what! And, building small “zones of peace” everywhere we go.

Keep watching as this team of Small “ Zones Of Peace” core leaders, friends and family expand their, personal and collective, skills, along with me, in our new “Climbing The Mountain Of Awe” GAME.

Next rehearsal and training date tomorrow, Thursday, March 31!

And, remember Support our burgeoning efforts by visiting our Elegant Solutions LED online store. Purchase your LED bulbs there.

Help us light up the world one bulb at a time.

We really do need your support! And, your growing interest and participation in our endeavors.

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Passion For Truth Part I: What It Means To Be Without Guile

I have a story today (in two parts) on "guilelessness" that I've had on hold for awhile. I offer it now as it fits neatly in with my Anastasia The Storyteller article for today on "A Passion For Truth".

It is shared in honor of my New Horizons Small "Zones of Peace" Project right arm, Sue deVeer*, who is slowly but surely recovering from a recent (January, 2011) major, emergency surgery. First, the definition and some tips:

Guilelessness: Without hidden agendas, guile or cunning, especially deceitfulness. Ability to be straightforward in all situations and circumstances.
Tip #1: To build small “zones of peace” -- turn hidden agendas to the good by seeking a higher consciousness with yourself and others.

Tip #2: Read Abrahma Joshua Hescel's "A Passion For Truth" (discussed on Anastasia The Storyteller) for a beautiful, scholarly (Jewish) discourse on our very human challenges to find the balancing point between forthright honesty and compassion.

Tip #3: Create a conversation with those people you respect and trust (people who are a part of your developing small "zones of peace") on the subject of guilelessness.

Tip #4: Remember in your conversations that is ok to not be perfect about being "guileless." Just keep striving to do those fourteen building small "zones of peace' things (#4 of our Ten Pledges).

“My Sue” is a shining example of "guilelessness."

Some of her secrets are:
  • Get all things on the table (i.e. the power of “naming”).
  • Where differences exist – negotiate, keep on keeping on until you find that elegant solution* to your practical problems.
  • Seek out and develop “peace buddies” – (peace buddies are people with whom to climb your Mountain of Awe).
* Sue is the “Curriculum Development Director of the New Horizons Small “Zones of Peace” Project and, obviously one of my best “peace buddies.” One of her areas of expertise is consensus building. She is the one who, among many of her other gifts to our organization, offered us the term “elegant solutions". Isn’t that elegant!

Part II, maybe tomorrow, weather permitting. Actually I will probably be away for a few days. But please come back soon. I will, too, with Part II. And, soon with another report on developments for our "Climbing The Mountain of Awe” GAME" which will have rehearsal #2 on Thursday afternoon.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Snail's Pace? No! No! Not So!

It’s March 21, the Spring Equinox -- and -- almost a month since my last posting here.

Regarding that point – The word, as I got it from our New Horizons’ blog designer, coach and maximally generous board member, Lisa Boyer, went a bit like this

 “So few blogs, posted so inconsistently, is no way to build your internet following.


She was wisely warning me about the consequences of the small number of blog postings that I’d offered this past month.

But what could I do? I wondered after our chat.

“Making violence obsolete” as a topic was a tough act to follow as was also, "The Spirit of the Egyptian Revolution" on my “Anastasia, The Storyteller” blog.

Awe-struck by the success of the Egyptian, non-violent protesters, I was speechless.

Or, to put it in language relevant to today’s world – blogless – I dare say.

Until today that is.

Please, I ask of you -- forgive my inattention. And, please, do not go away.

(However, if you checked out “Anastasia The Storyteller,” there were, at least, four new postings there during this time, should you be interested. Of course, I hope you would be interested. Did I see you over there? Or not? Please post comments.)

And, please, do not think for a moment that no blog posting here means nothing is going on at New Horizons that is worthy of a peace-builders interest.

Au contraire!

In real time, our “Climbing The Mountain of Awe” GAME is on our daily drawing board, taking lots of concentration, planning and teamwork.

(Check it out as developments unfold.)

Our GAME template is now, being tried out and refined.

Here is one, small update on this current NH/Small “Zones of Peace” activities that, hopefully, you will be more fully privy to before too long.

Our first rehearsal GAME was played on Wednesday, March 9.

It was a challenge that took us back to the drawing board.

Our next Awe GAME rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, March 31.

Visit us again, soon, for reports on our progress.

And, I pledge to do my best to get out some word or another on our progress, realistically allowing for current local and worldwide upheavals.

But, admit it, if you feel left out as we move forward with our design, intent on creating the impact we are after; replicating the awe of our “Saving Centennial” project. We will do our best and just have to see what we SEE.
Seeking this as our baseline might just be part of my adventure of a lifetime that will take all of my lifetime.

In the mountains with 70 degree weather today.