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Welcome new readers, and thank you for all who have been with me for a while. I hope you enjoy this issue, which has been a great pleasure to write. The journey continues as we explore the seven passions and the seven graces. This week we look at the grace of reverence. So stunned was I when I did research on reverence in business, that these two terms are rarely ever discussed together, anywhere. Imagine if even 20% of business made reverence a conscious part of their business practice. How extraordinary would they become?
The very short (for me) piece, Climbing the Mountain, is more of a poetical piece. I would love your feedback. It seems to summarize the journey I have been on for the last two years of so.
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May your days be filled with reverence,
Feature Article - Climbing the Mountain
I heard a story the other day about a life time journey up the mountain.
We start at the bottom of our journey with our possessions, the things that define us. Our photographs, clothes, status, image, title, station in life, career..all of these things bundled into a few suitcases. As we climb, the conditions get more difficult. At some point we delete some of our possessions, culling down to the essentials.
The climb gets more difficult. We do more culling. This is harder than we thought.
After a time we are down to a backpack and the clothes we wear....more...
The Grace of Reverence
Following our exploration of pride, which I continue to be aware of when it shows up in my life, it is time to look at the grace of reverence.
How delicious is the word
such a sound that I love. It has always been one of my most favourite sounds. It occurs to me as I write this that it may be a great word to use as a mantra in meditation.
Why would reverence be matched with pride? Pride in itself excludes other. It is self- centred. My pride, even our pride, is a form of separation from other. I am better than, we are better than..us and then. Reverence is the antithesis. Reverence is connection to the whole of life. Reverence is fully alive. Reverence is bathed in light and wholeness. To embody reverence we bow our head, in awe and humbleness to the greatness of all of life. Even if we dont physically bow our head, we bow in energy towards something greater than self that is beyond words....more...
Reverence as a Business Practice
Reverence as a business practice is not found in many of the business books or business schools. Indeed, even a google search showed nothing for the two words reverence and business together in the same sentence. How remarkable!...
......It would seem to me that there are many places we can show deep respect in business, not the least to our customer, our staff, the product, the community we serve, the environment. If we want to create conscious business, reverence as a business practice is critical.
Instead we seem to have created reverence for money, the making of money, profit at any cost. Money has become our God. This is not only a tragedy, it is our undoing.
However, for the artisan business person or company, reverence as a business practice is what distinguishes them from the factory and the machine. Those who toil with love over their craft, who refuse to bend to the mighty profit at all cost, who intend for the customer to stand in awe of their product or service, these artists and positive deviants are like a fresh water well in a desert, quenching the soul starved for beauty in design, service, care...more...
Resources, Tools and People We Would Love to Share
I just registered for the Enlightened Business Summit from Oct. 25-29th. It's got a fantastic lineup of top-tier CEOs, bestselling authors, and visionaries, all sharing their most important insights for free :
Names you might recognize include NY Times bestselling authors such as Tim Ferriss, Tony Hsieh, and Tony Schwartz, plus CEOs like John Mackey of Whole Foods and George Zimmer of Men's Wearhouse.
It's all on the phone and you can participate in as many sessions as you like.
Should be fantastic to get the best insights from these leaders, so I hope you can join me!
P.S. Feel free to forward this invite to other friends and allies. (To be clear, I am an affiliate of this program, but its free...)
Where in the World is Syzergy?
This week I am in Melbourne. A busy three days, then a day in Brisbane. On the weekend I am participating in a weekend run, The Lamington Classic. I am told this is the oldest trail run in Queensland, maybe Australia. It will be great to get out in the bush for some beautiful scenic runs and then an evening with die hard runners.
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