In the Middle Space

Seemingly strange, yes indeed
in the two between, you lead.

Tense it will often feel
the pressure of such place.
Yet it is very real
your leadership in such space.

And space is what you give
from your trueness fitted.
And in this space we live
our own reality committed.

From me, expect only my best
in the swirl of trust, leave the rest.

Gathering
together we see with delight
Giving
together we stand in light
Growing
together we release what is right.

So open us to a creative presence.
And what you’ve diligently gathered
gives us freedom in our essence,
growing us in what has surely mattered.

–J. Brunson

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In-Between Time

For this work I do
it’s time
to be between.
Some work is done
other completion nears
for another, what’s next is in-progress.

About this in-between
better I’ve become
at being here
and volumes still to learn.

No amount of doing
alone
will teach me
only balanced with being
do I see.

Certainly, there are things learned
better by doing
and yes, there are things we know
better from being.

Ultimately, one learns
to trust
in the middle
pressed in-between.

When doing takes a break
when being rests
simultaneously they turn
and face the reality
of Trueness.

−J. Brunson

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A New Confidence – Only in the Moment

In moments of presence
treasure waits.

Void of sympathy
the past haunts
And in alliance
the future taunts.

With empathetic focus
history teaches
And concurrently aimed
hope reaches.

Junctures of abundance
presence requires
Junctures of abundance
judgment expires.

And only in the moment
can another we really see
And only in the moment
can we each truly be.

With such present trueness
self we no longer chase
With such present trueness
we now walk in grace.

In moments of presence
treasure waits.

Only in the moment.

−J. Brunson

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Keep Your Cardinal Rule

Esteem for self
knows no gradation
of a high or low.

Such measure distorts movement,
a flow intended
a security promised.

Self and esteem
are meant to pair,
for the movement designed
is one of flow.

And in this flow
you are one,
one with who you are
and the security of Trueness.

Secure with you, your flow free,
like a mountain stream, presence singing.

And now you know
and now I see
how to flow
complete and free.

Holding it all in order to see
honoring your flow, gratefully.

−J. Brunson

Poem Grounded from Skillfully Generous – Presence

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Freed from Within

The world cries out.
We want clarity.
We want truth.
Knowing what is wanted, the cries become louder
as confusion remains over how to quell.

There is what is wanted
and then there is what is needed.

In need we focus
and share trueness.
In want is excess,
creating distraction
to what is true.

Only in the love flow
does voice resonate true.
Your voice fully flowing
is nourishment in a hungry world.

Yes, I hurt in your pain
and you in mine.
I need your voice
and you need mine.

And so examples we are
of collaborative voice power,
skillfully directing generous clarity,
empowering truth and internally planted freedom.

−J.Brunson

Poem Grounded from Skillfully Generous – Voice

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True Self, True Generosity

A Stone Grounding
a truing process

A Substantial Self
not made
only discovered
and embraced

A Stone Grounding
crushing diversion
sharpening awareness

A Stream Rushing
a consuming flow

A True Self
made real
from the start
now freed

A Stream Rushing
eroding duality
impelling wholeness

A World
desperate for generosity
receives it
only from Trueness
yours and mine

−J. Brunson

Shadow Strengths – Chapter Seven (Love)

My Desire & Intent is that you lovingly lead others to their own authentic confidence as you embrace the power of who you are and act on this Trueness!

Is your voice flowing in your work? Are you doing work that frees your voice? or stifles it?

“Interest creates energy.” −Kathryn Tucker Windham

Shannon’s interest was stirring something; the shadow was being disturbed by rhythmic streaks of light. The intermittent beams were energy determined to form Shannon’s luminous presence in all she would do.

Twelve years after our first engagement as coach and coachee, and two companies later for her, Shannon and I connected again for her growth. When we first met, working at the same company, she was very experienced and serving in a legal role. She had a deep interest in the personal development work my team and I were doing at the time.

Voice, your unique resonance, is the clearest statement of your brand of love as a leader.

The strength in the shadow is Generosity. Generosity−giving fully in and through your work−flows freely because of your Voice. Voice consciousness opens your eyes to the interest to energy connection−work that is real to you. And if real to you, generosity flows into the light of who you are.

In such real work, those you lead, influence, and serve benefit from your brand of love. Voice consciousness shows you real work and how you do what you choose to do. Even if particular pieces of work are assigned to you, you are free to choose how you do it: Voice suppressed or Voice fully engaged.

Choosing resonance is itself freeing. The darkest corners of shadow say love makes us weak. The truth of the light is that it’s the lack of love that weakens us. As I’ve said for a long time, and will continue for a bit longer; “It’s okay to love your work, and in your work, love.”

Shannon fully honored her connection of interest to energy. Her voice resonates in her work; work that is real to her. Like you and me, Shannon’s voice sometimes falters. But once Generosity is brought out of the shadow, handed over to your Voice, and allowed conscious flow, no one and no thing can hold back the power of your Love.

In Trueness you are free to love us in the balance of your strengths applied. In work you know as real, there is no priority higher than that of your love.

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