Archive for April, 2007

The Truth

April 23, 2007

The future is never new until it has a somewhat unfamiliar feel to it.  But what’s the way to do it?  How can you validly change course or set a fresh course? Great athletes go into training.  But what muscle can you train to create new futures?  I suggest we have a significant muscle to strengthen – start with telling the truth about where you are.  No one is giving you marks.  Nobody is judging and evaluating.  There is nothing wrong.  The truth part is all happening in your mind or where you write it down.  And there are lots of ways that you can organize the writing down.   Different contexts can give rise to different flavors of the truth. Okay, let’s say you’ve told the truth.  Now what?  Well, Mr. Scrooge didn’t have to do anything.  The truth was enough to allow a new future to come about.  Can we have the same great fortune?  I don’t know.  I do know that telling the truth will let you know how you can get the debris off the road. So we begin – Please – explore the site.  What I’ll be doing is putting this on its own page. It will be interesting – different and familiar.I’ll be writing New Futures less frequently – The Blog will still be weekly because I’ll also be writing an Ezine from, which is still coming together. 

Useful Quotes  How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.Anne Frank 

Progress in every age results only from the fact that there are some men and women who refuse to believe that what they know to be right cannot be done. Russell W. Davenport We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heartBlaise Pascal  Chase after the truth like all hell and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coattails.Clarence Darrow 

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true

Creative Corner 

The Anchor 

We sail our ships in novel ways.
Whenever something new occurs,
we drop an anchor
to get our ship aright
and then we sail along
some more
Until the anchors left behind
Begin to slow us down
And we move more
slow ly
few chure.
The chainsaw of the truth
can free us for sailing.

Perspectives on a Fulfilled Life – April 16th, 2007

April 16, 2007

On the Verge

There’s something fascinating happening in the world – I’ll give you my spin.

Everyone I know is on the verge of his or her next thing – a business – a cause
– a lifestyle change or a major event. Of course this says a lot about who I’m hanging out with – still… We’re all verging…. My new Ezine is called New Futures.

Me? I’m very excited – only a week away from launching my new website. It’s
a total departure from what I’ve done in the past…I didn’t do it myself – To save money and end up with my old website. When you visit my new site and sign up for the new Ezine (called “New Futures”) even though you already get email from me, you’ll be asked to agree to receive it. And if you don’t agree, you won’t receive it – you can always resubscribe.

My blog is always accessible.

I also ask that you give me feedback on the site – what you like best and what you like least.. Still, that’s only about my being on the verge.. My youngest daughter Ariel is getting married in August, and my next youngest daughter Aliya is having a baby in October. So much for my family –Let’s look at the verging world – We’re in an extraordinary race to the future. On one side is the ongoing damage we’re doing to spiritual fulfillment, social ustice and environmental sustainability.

We know t
here is a growing file of pictures and videos that showthis verging future. For all of us. And, for a very different future, one we can create, read

Still – I’ll never know who won, looking at Earth’s long life. And that has nothing to do with the way I live my life.

But this verging is happening everywhere. We’re poised on the elections of
2008 and wondering what they will bring. And while some are wondering what’s next for Paris Hilton, I’m waiting for the follow on to The Secret, Down the Rabbit Hole and Bill Maher.

Useful Quotes

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning
Albert Einstein

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present
thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind

It’s hard to face tomorrow, but it’s easier than facing no tomorrow.
Ashleigh Brilliant

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today
Abraham Lincoln

One today is worth two tomorrows.
Benjamin Franklin

The Creative Corner

The Convergence

Here comes the throng,
dodging raindrops,
sidestepping geese who own the walkways
and leave their droppings as reminders –

They come in ones and twos,
in people clusters, walking forward,
with heads turned back
embracing those who follow,
thickening as they reach the doorway,
coagulating for a moment
and then thinning out,
the last few hurrying,
often running for a step or two
This, then, is their entrance to the future,
an uninviting doorway
in an everyday industrial park,
with building after corporate building
squatting in an architectural wasteland.

In this fluorescent doorway lies the future. We are verging on that quality,
a magnet for fulfillment, for joy,
for unlimited possibility –
The iron filings converge in patterns of aliveness,
stepping past the goose do,
weaving through the rain.
Tomorrow is occurring
at a seemingly random door.

Perspectives on a Fulfilled Life- April 2, 2007

April 2, 2007

Expanding Our Networks

There are people we see frequently– people we somehow touch.  I am going to call them our networks.  They change over time.   Most of them have at least several people in them.

Each one of our networks is characterized by one or more things – perhaps the conversations we usually have, or our likes, or interests or commitments.  Some of our networks may be private, perhaps guarded or protected.  Most people who we know belong to at most a few if our networks.

Most of us take these networks for granted, but what would happen if we purposely concentrated on expanding them? There are two ways to do that – grow the network or have people ‘join’ more of yours.

There’s another way worth exploring – How can we expand our sharing of our connections.  If you knew that I liked whale watching and you had someone in your networks that you knew also liked whale watching – connect us..  And vice versa.

We already have a communications network.  And this works together with a code of privacy.  That’s why I also copy this in my BLOG  – for your comments, called Contribution Coaching… you can remain private or identify yourself when you comment.

Here are a very few of the things I’m up to – I write about most of them and I’m listing them so you can share this with more of your networks.  Here are some of mine – 

  • ·         Nancy is about to launch her sustainability site www.Grow2Green
  • ·          My soon to be born new websites, – which will initially hold  contributioncoaching and michaelsreadingroom.
  • You’re seeing a transformation of my business model.
  • ·         The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
  • ·         Ending Hunger (THP, EEH)
  • ·         The Global Abundance Alliance and other people whose mission is for all of us
  • ·         Referral Partners, Affiliates, joint venturers
  • ·         Humor, wisdom (the difference is all a matter of interpretation)
  • ·         Millionaire Mind graduates
  • ·         Landmark Education Graduates

I do expect to hear from you, commenting on the blog.  What, if any, is the effect of thinking about yourself iin terms of noticing your networks and looking to grow them?

Useful Quotes

What, exactly, is the internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a ‘modem’ and making a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo

Dave Barry

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Martin Luther King

All true language is incomprehensible, like the chatter of a beggar’s teeth.
Antonin Artaud

Silence and solitude are more distracting to me

than chatter and commotion.
Marilu Henner



                                 The Creative Corner

                           A Circle of Friends & New Friends

We are opening the limited circles

of our thinking. There are ways in which

we will touch and never knew we could

or did.

Each circle has been carefully

constructed from our own humanity,
colored by our past,
tempered by our culture,
extended to our future.

I will learn to see you and dissolve

 a picture of you,
formed by invented history,
solidified in every interaction with
and anyone remotely like you.

What chance did you have with me?
I had drawen this circle called “you”
and you are squeezed within it.

What did I care what you could say?

I could only hear what neatly fit my

own construction.

What did I care what interests you?


And the better I knew you,

the stronger the circle grew.

What chance did I have with you?
I chafe within the smug certainty of

your circle, too

Can we ever break free of how

we never knew each other
so that we can be with one another?

Move to your circle’s edge.
Let yourself know where you live.
Listen to your own certainty
and hear it as your own humanity.

When the circle opens

Love pours in.