Audible Love

To be accountable for your story is to have an impact in this world.

Upon completing his first 30 days in the new assignment in Northern Ireland, Ric sent me what he called random flow of thought. Personally, I found his thoughts rather orderly; so much so that I immediately cross-referenced his thoughts with my 7 Skills for 21st Century Leadership. I then asked him to write a guest post for each of the seven. Over the next several weeks, that is exactly what he did.

If you know me, or are a regular reader, you may feel like you know Ric already. Ric is an artist. We are all some sort of special artist. In his book, Linchpin, Seth Godin talks about doing the art and then shipping. We cannot sell out to what others might think. We have to do the work and ship. Ric did the work. I shipped it. Within two days, Ric’s work began its magic.

Love goes beyond expectation. Love flows from a being who lives with purpose. As your voice guides, you then hold tight to the accountability of your story. Through his artful writing, Ric lives out loud; making audible his love for both those he leads and those who benefit from his art – the art that was shipped.

Order and Balance

Part of the disorder of our passage into the 21st Century was a misplaced desire for balance. Mistakenly, most of one’s energy to achieving parity between the personal and professional was moored in the bay of the external – a surface attempt at quenching a desire of depth. For those trapped at this level of effort, an infection of entitlement became a barrier to the hope of ever finding true balance.

Prescriptively, the first order of movement toward real balance is an understanding of the flow of internal to external. Working for balance only at an external level builds a false confidence as we only become skilled at wading among the surface behaviors. This can be dangerous when one is suddenly in the depths.

The next order for personal balance is commitment; taking personal accountability for one’s own balance. Personal commitment yields a realization of the importance of harmony in manifesting true balance. Realistically, each day will not yield an intellectually understood balance; but when one’s attention is properly focused on the internal, one begins to feel balance that is the result of one’s own melody of order.