Now is the Time

Do not be distracted
from the peace,
from the presence
that is yours to hold,
that is yours to let go
into your life
into your living,
into a world
grasping for peace
misunderstanding presence.

For to know presence is to know God.
For to know God is to know presence.

We can only love
in the now.
Now is the time
to love.

It is love that saves us,
always has been,
always will be.

–J. Brunson

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Impact – The Leader’s Love

With passion
you begin to listen
With purpose
you open to learn
With presence
you now lead.

Impact
a full force
of conscious living.

Passion drives you,
you know what and why you love.
Purpose draws you,
you know who and when to love.
Presence sustains you,
you know how is trusting the flow.

Impact
from your passion seeded
Impact
from your purpose strengthened
Impact
from your presence actualized.

The love of a leader
a journey you accept, and
thankful we are for the
Impact,
what we know by your rhythm.

—J. Brunson

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Coming Together

Demands surround me
they fill my mind
they shush my heart

This must be done now
that needs worried attention
And in such an operating system
fear runs in the background

Found nowhere in such activity
is purpose
In no way drawn out is
my passion
And no one is heard by
my presence

But then
you
you arrive listening
to be heard
wonderful

Being heard I’m drawn out
passion freed
purpose applied

Presence draws out presence
coming together
energy joins energy
we work on
inspired

−J. Brunson

Poem Grounded from Skillfully Generous – Focus

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Letting Go into Impact

My desire is for you to embrace the power in who you are. Do you know what it takes to let go into this power; completely?

I cannot make this knowing complete for you. My calling is in simply being with you as you open to the flow−Wading the Stream of Awareness.

Tragically, and all too common, people become trapped seeking soul validation in a system. No matter what system that may be, you are accountable in your freedom. To be free is a wholeness−encompassing mind, heart, soul, and spirit. There is freedom indeed in letting go; letting go into your impact.

Increasingly I am feeling−in my whole being−the accountability I hold for those younger than I; those who will courageously lead us forward. Tara is one such leader.

We were brainstorming an event for women in leadership. Because of deep, implanted desire, I couldn’t help but share my passion about Desire & Intent. I asked Tara the desire and intent question.  Previously, we had talked about purpose where she declared herself a crusader. I sorted her 3 responses. Point 1 was descriptive of her desire, point 3 defined intent, and right there in the middle was the loving crusader.

Tara sent me a beautiful message about her experience that day. Yet I left the one blessed (twice-blessed as my friend Kathryn would say). I was able to give again through my own purposeful desire−allowing me to walk away with heart filled in hope for Tara and all those like her; each to whom I am blessed to be accountable in shared Impact.

Thank you Tara for allowing me a part. Lead us!

See sister post, Release Impact into Skill 1

You, The Stream, and Impact

The stream is a loving, inclusive force necessary to the life that surrounds it and the life that is drawn to it. As one who is drawn, I’m in awe of this force that has become such a part of my experience. -The Stream as Force, Impact Chapter, page 19

What is your journey of impact?

Most likely, the impact you most desire was born some distance back in your experience. My storytelling friend, Kim Weitkamp, calls this your ignition point: A moment in time when passion kicked-in to a degree of burning impression.

Participating in a workshop of Kim’s, she took me back to that time; sitting in the courtyard of my high school. I saw the young persons who sought me out to talk. They were starving for encouragement at the heart of who they were.

The flow of your awareness−your passion−is a loving, inclusive force. It flows from your core, surrounds you, and draws in life.

An Empowering Environment – Paul’s Story

“Building Today, Accessible Tomorrow.”

My friendship with Paul has been enlightening for my work with leaders in corporate environments. While Paul works on physical environments, he teaches me about empowerment in the emotional and spiritual realm of our spaces. Freedom is essential!

For Paul, honesty and trust must always be present for the most positive environment. This is the flow of Paul’s voice. A handshake is his name in cement.

Respecting her brave fight, I will call Paul’s client Karen. She is battling the disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Paul is not merely a construction expert, he partners in the care of the client. During Karen’s Smart Design project, he would take along material samples so she could actually feel the differences while he explained the details. This allowed Karen a level of engagement, expectation, and inclusion.

Paul told me that providing functional space for an individual like Karen is as empowering for him as it is for the client. These experiences are fulfilling his own purpose as the physical spaces he designs give freedom to the individuals who occupy them.

A few years ago, as Paul and I were looking forward in this value of fulfillment, he said, “My story is being written as I focus on the right pieces and build the dream.” And oh, in his intelligent, witty manner he added, “Knowing that I occasionally have to pull down my pants and slide on the ice.”

Paul Walton is a natural teacher because of the love he has for his clients. He applies his creative abilities and focuses passion in serving through his simple representation of Smart Design.

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Present Passion (From Love to Vision)

What others see as risk, you see as reality.
Passion allows vision;
It is in the crosshairs of your present.

What others fear losing, you claim for energy.
Energy funds passion;
It is the source of art in your work.

What others desperately desire, you gladly share.
Love is energy;
It is an advocate for their confident passion.

−J. Brunson

Leadership Poem 2 – From Ken’s Story and the influence of my loving friend, Kathryn Tucker Windham