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Building Community Through Better Relationships

Building Relationship Is For Them

 

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Who doesn’t want to be loved? Some people seem to attract strangers who are willing to share their life stories. Whether they have an empathetic ear or a trusting face, these lucky listeners have people approach them with personal details. The best of these folks embrace their abundant relationship trait. Patience is often a common characteristic. An electric smile emerges as a sure sign in other cases. Nevertheless, recently two friends laughed over really good coffee about how they manage the unusual attraction of people who willingly over-share.

Music
Friend One is a musician who has a full dose of the relationship trait. As a working musician, he finds himself in assorted halls, theaters, and churches where he encounters diverse fans. Invariably, after a set, fans and listeners are inclined to pull up a chair to share. Friend One believes his highly evolved ear makes him a gifted listener.

He receives their input by listening intently. Too often, people do not really want someone to solve their problems; they want someone to listen to them. They equate listening with caring. Because Friend One listens well, his audience believes he cares well. Consequently, they share well and in turn, experience relationship. Friend One’s gift is establishing connectivity with people who need it. The music is simply a vehicle.

Lecture
Friend Two on the other hand, is a lecturer. Whether teaching, presenting, or consulting, he dispenses knowledge for listeners to apply. Establishing rapport is a skill he has developed over time. But in order to personalize information, he has to understand his audience in as much detail as possible. His primary skill is questioning.

Great lecturers do not necessarily create knowledge. But realize that knowledge is more readily available now than at any time in history. A great lecturer personalizes the knowledge. They present information in ways that multiple individuals in the audience want to receive it. Consequently, asking the right questions, while sharing information to ensure understanding, is an exceptionally valuable attribute. And, as the audience responds, either by individual or as a crowd, the connection becomes more firmly established. And, whether the bold learners address him during Q & A, or the extremely bold learners approach as he packs his materials to leave, Friend Two reinforces connection by exchanging more information individually.

Fundamentally, connecting with people happens at an emotional level. President Theodore Roosevelt stated, “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” The conversation is just the foundation. The listening and connecting is where the value happens. Relationship is the foundation of human and commercial value. Would you buy your morning coffee from someone if you do not believe it is going to be good (or at least dark & hot)? Whether the power comes from listening or questioning, it is the personalized dialogue that expresses caring. And caring is the foundation of relationship.

So, in building relationship, how do you express caring? When are you most receptive to connecting?

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter & Beyond

April 5, 2017 Posted by | Better Communication, Better Community, Better Person, Better World | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Get An Old Man

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“You have to get an old man” advised the half-crazy upperclassman tutor to a group of freshman trying to survive their first term at an elite university. The freshmen were baffled how an old man could help navigate their coursework. Then, the tutor elaborated that the old man was for wisdom, not education. This was real-world knowledge. In any complex organization, success requires more than raw, intellectual firepower. Negotiating cultural landmines and systemic distractions requires understanding and revelation that only comes from wisdom. Figuring out any large institution demands more insight than any one individual can acquire in a few months. It takes scar tissue to navigate the intricacies of complex systems. Why not benefit from someone else’s wounds?

Wisdom
“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.”, according to Vernon Law. Wisdom comes from learning the lesson and surviving to tell the story! Lessons are not simply endured, they must be learned. Old men have already learned the lesson. Imagine the advantage of having the lesson before the test. Youth involves absorbing experiences for the first time. The advantage of maturity is knowing that someone’s first time, is most likely not the first time something happened. Youthful exuberance does not provide that perspective. Every old man was once young. Identify one that has walked the trail that youngsters are preparing to walk. Realize that the old man does not just know the challenges, they know how to avoid them.

Results
Another benefit of old men is that they have seen great ideas come and go. They have seen talented people long on vision and short on execution. They understand that results matter! The upperclassman had personally witnessed brilliant students that struggled because they had always excelled alone. They had never needed help, so never learned how to ask. Corporations, academia, bureaucracies are full of these types. The wise old man knows what newbies need before they do. He is not competing for a grade, or a promotion. He wants to be part of their success. Wisdom will be shared with someone and it will be valuable. Get in line and receive it.

The most fascinating part of engaging an old man is what he gets out of the deal. Some youngsters avoid bothering an old man because they have nothing to offer back. Their intelligence blocks their understanding. They assume they cannot reciprocate, then applaud their brilliance. Old men vary; often relevance is all they seek. Other times it is repaying an internal debt from when they finally accepted wise counsel. Occasionally, they see the greatness in a potential protégé that the youngster is afraid to embrace. Regardless, seek wisdom. Wisdom does not follow age. But, wisdom ages well. The old man does not have to be old. It does not have to be a man. Mentors only require understanding that can guide toward a desired result. Get an old man. Then later, remember to find a young person!

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter And Beyond

March 22, 2017 Posted by | Better Community, Better Person | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Get On The Lifeboat

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According to historic accounts, the band played until the Titanic sank. People’s lives are at stake, and these musicians did their jobs. Jobs are important. But, priorities have a hierarchy. Preserving life is more important than hitting your note. Flatteringly, history acknowledges that the musicians provided a noble service. Still, an individual possesses a higher calling than their occupation. Each individual must take into account their entire contribution for every community where they participate. Then, maximize it. If the ship is sinking, make it a priority to help others get on the lifeboat. Life is precious. Consequently, by all means get on the lifeboat, too!

Your Job
Receiving value for individual contributions is part of the economy of humanity. When money enters the equation, quantifying the contribution’s value and discerning comparisons, become measurable, if not easier. Roles as parent, sibling, companion, mentor, bridge partner, or golfing buddy also matter. Fulfilling the highest contribution takes many forms. Understandably, work demonstrates economic and psychological worth. But, what happens when a worker’s replacement is identified? Is the predecessor rendered worthless? What about the boss who benefited from extraordinary efforts from previous staff? Is that contribution marginalized by the inability to maintain productivity? To the contrary, effective leaders constantly develop talent for contingencies. Inevitably, needs emerge for replacements. Hopefully, contributors evolve and grow. No rational individual should confuse their entire personal value with their organizational position, or economic contribution. The job is important. So is individual self-worth.

Your Responsibility
Saving and comforting perishing passengers is a noble duty. However, every individual has individual gifts to perpetuate. The Titanic’s exceptional musicians admirably performed their jobs and tragically left gaping holes with friends and families. Ultimately, responsibility is contributing to a greater benefit than the individual. The job is important. Fulfilling each human’s potential is also important. A higher responsibility is to contribute to family, community, and mankind. That greater purpose features assorted talents. Develop and deliver diverse and evolving skills that greater purpose. Seek opportunities to grow and contribute more. Ignoring that personal responsibility empowers someone else who will gladly use the value of such individual gifts for their own personal improvement.

Try naming ten martyrs. How about five? On the other hand, quickly name five lives that you presently enhance! Your personal gifting, not your professional role enhances those lives. Clearly, establish a purpose and fulfill it. It can certainly coincide with professional duties. Performing a job well is important. But, it does not qualify as a life purpose. Account for the impact that an individual’s successful performance delivers. Recognize the difference between a duty and a calling. A duty is the performance of a task for a specific benefit. A calling is the application of individual passions and skills to maximize contribution for many. No one can save another in the long-term, if the first person sinks in the present. Yes, you have a job. You also have a responsibility. To maximize your personal contribution, choose which of your attributes impact the lives or community that most matter to you individually! Prioritize and deliver on that calling.

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter & Beyond

March 8, 2017 Posted by | Better Community, Better World | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bloom Where You’re Planted

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Community gardens uniquely reflect growth! The location’s inherent beauty and the unconquerable human spirit jointly emerge regardless of the surrounding environment’s condition. The individual may suffer. Aggregately, life thrives despite the surroundings. Whatever conditions may dictate the environment, in the presence of community, life perseveres. Similarly, great ideas are birthed wherever the human spirit intercedes. Today’s dilapidated warehouse becomes tomorrow’s technology hub. Like the garden in a field of asphalt, the result demonstrates that life, people and ideas have the capacity to bloom where they are planted.

Breakthrough
Before the garden spreads, the first seeds must have their breakthrough. All the seeds have the genetic capacity to emerge in harsh soil. However, certain seeds have either genetic tenacity, or a fortuitous crack near their germination which results in their breakthrough. People, and subsequently communities, must take advantage of breakthroughs as soon as they happen. Blooming never gets the chance without an available opportunity. Call it luck; call it favor; call it destiny. But to bloom where planted, the individual has to answer the call. Whenever someone emerges successfully from squalor despite nearby death and destruction, that individual seized their breakthrough and then absorbed a disproportionate amount of radiance and nutrients. Another nearby person may have had more innate talent. Yet, they failed to seize the resources that were available to all. Blooming requires grabbing resources where seeds take root, then expanding beyond the local boundaries. Do not wait for the next turn. Fight for resources that provide individual transformations.

Spread
Greatness is not a singular event. The bloom that emerges in their desolate environment needs to spread seed in the environment so that additional growth can occur. The garden is not successful with one stalk. Success requires a community of vegetation to make the soil healthy enough for more growth. The goal is to bloom where you are planted. It is not bloom, then wait to be transplanted. Even with expanding growth opportunities, no guarantee exists that every new seedling has a breakthrough. Bloom where you are planted requires cultivating a more vibrant and fruitful garden which enriches the soil to reproduce additional growth. The pockets of life interact. Their networking strengthens their aggregate opportunities to benefit each other and grow. A community does not grow one individual at a time. It grows and flourished when multiple pockets emerge in the same general location. The groupings share resources and nourishment, then the garden eventually changes its characters. The asphalt gives way to fertile growth.

Creating a vibrant community requires a symbiotic, pro-growth environment. Tilling, seeding, watering, pruning are all components of growing a garden, even a community garden. Spreading ideas and opportunities into pockets of growth facilitate the next generation enduring the same routine. Blooming is not a singular event. Growth demands time and replication. To change the environment, the enriched soil must be maintained. Remove weeds that choke the growth. Also, introduce outside influences that understand how to grow gardens so that they benefit from proven practices. Blooming communities require the ability to develop and nourish each other. It is difficult, but it is worthwhile. But to start, the first intentional cultivation must bloom where it is planted.

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter And Beyond

February 22, 2017 Posted by | Better Community, Better World | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All My Previous Addresses

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“I think we are a product of all our experiences.”, according to legendary banker, Sanford Weill. That quote became crystal clear when a pastor friend became privately furious when someone tried to take advantage of him in a business deal. The adversary mistakenly took the pastor’s kindness for weakness. Consequently, the pastor planned to attack more than his character. Considering that the pastor grew up in violent communities, his plan involved more wrath than forgiveness. Nevertheless, the small group erupted with laughter when the pastor threateningly snarled about his adversary, “He doesn’t know all my previous addresses!”

Where You’re From
As a man of God, the pastor had attained a respectable position in his community and among his congregation. As a troubled youth he had learned how to extract revenge and never show weakness. Whether earning a PhD from Oxford or a GED from the School of Hard Knocks, people apply lessons from their individual history into their personal growth. Every individual’s past is a foundation for their future. The strength used to navigate through a ruthless past is the same strength used to develop unconquerable character. The caterpillar that enters the cocoon has the same character as the butterfly that releases from it. The transformation equips it with better tools, but the tenacity to escape and ability to fly was in there all along. Success requires acknowledging the past; all of it. Channeling experiences from early conquests to develop new and improved skills result in future victories.

Where You’re Going
Everyone is heading somewhere. Many sermons point out, “You’re either going into a storm, in the middle of a storm, or coming out of a storm.” Regardless, progress is about the journey, not just the destination. Be aware of both. The journey is not linear. Pick a direction anyway. Pursue the mountain top that everyone sees, yet fear prevents them from ascending. Those left behind will hurl discouragement from the valley. Others will present obstacles from above fearing progress will soon overtake them. Nevertheless, grasp all previous experiences to build momentum. Let the insults and obstacles serve as stepping stones toward progress. Feel free to lead others also willing to ascend toward higher destinations.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”, according to President Theodore Roosevelt. Ultimately, individual skills, experiences and values are the most prized possessions. Limits do exist. But, they usually exist well beyond where most people dare to climb. You did in fact live at your previous address. And, then you lived at another address. No one needs to know all your previous addresses. But as you climb, the new address is the one that matters. And, the next one does too. Furthermore, the same skills and characteristics that began the ascensions serve as the foundations for the next plateau. Progress prohibits remaining at previous addresses. But, it is essential to remember the lessons they provided, and the power that they birthed!

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter And Beyond.

February 8, 2017 Posted by | Better Community, Better Person | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I Never Go Back, It Changed

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A friend told me they no longer visit their old high school. It changed. Well, he did too! The story in no way advocates living in the past. It is not a plea to “go back home” and change the old neighborhood. The point is to recognize that an individual is a composite of all their experiences. The successful person has more experiences and embraces them all. The past is part of an individual’s legacy – for good or for bad. The legacy is a byproduct of the changes that occurred. Change is a choice. Make the choice. The past is static. Go forward to a dynamic future.

Embrace Change
Regardless of the foundation, growth is based on new inputs and experiences. Revisionist history can reveal new insights, or perhaps tell an entirely different story. But, it does not change the events, or how they may impact an individual. The individual who continues to grow beyond their foundation, acknowledges the prior events, then embrace changes toward progress. Education is an easy example of this phenomenon. However, trials and tribulations are more powerful. The process of overcoming difficulty builds character, commitment and a chart toward triumph. Accept life challenges. Improve based on new experiences. Dare to be great. Upon escaping the furnace, the individual does not have to return to prove their mettle. But, he ignores character building challenges at his own risk.

Launch Change
Change is not inevitable. People stay stuck all the time. But, progress is impossible without change and a leap of faith. Some individuals deny the opportunity to go back because they never leave. But, leaping from any foundation propels forward. Each experience, each introduction, each risk brings a new set of potentially positive outcomes. Positive outcomes are not guaranteed. But, stagnant existence is fairly certain, if no movement exists at all. Risk does not have to indicate danger; but, it always represents opportunity. Fundamentally, success is a product of change. Energy starts and continues change. The energy can be a push out, or a lift up, or a shove down. But once the energy is released, change surely happens.

Accept the possibilities that involve choice. Accept it, then embrace it. Leave your past behind you, if you choose. No need to criticize the past after moving forward. Focusing on the past becomes a weight slowing an individual down, or worse, holding them in place. Regardless, change is inevitable. And, progress is not guaranteed. No need to go back, unless it is a choice. But if that is the choice, bring back progressive, forward- facing experiences. Upon returning, share experiences with the next person that goes forward. Just do not go back and add to the problems. Deciding not to go back because it changed is a choice. But, going back to show the path to progress is a virtue. The next one who embraces the risk is now prepared to launch into a better future. Be that difference.
By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter And Beyond

January 20, 2017 Posted by | Better Community, Better Person | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Today’s New Verb Is Thrift

To Thrift. This verb can also be expressed as an action, “thrifting”. Thrifting means shopping for ultra-cool outfits in a second-hand store. While buying someone else’s tossed out clothes reeks of desperation, unearthing fabulous pieces in unlikely retail outlets is part power-shopping and part treasure hunting. Ironically, I was first introduced to a variation of thrifting 20 years ago.

When my older brother’s adult daughter was a teenager, he complained that she rummaged through his closet grabbing his old clothes, matched them with new pieces, then go to school at the peak of stylishness. While complaining about not finding a particular shirt, he told me: “Watch out, the same thing will happen to you!” Three daughters later, my last teenage daughter rifles through my closet discovering the last of my outdated college gear. Clearly, I have been cursed by the sins of the older brother. Or have, I?

What if this is a trend? Ironically, a new client has brought me into thrifting in an online environment. And, my client, their friends, their community, and their customers get incredibly excited about it! They find new fashion statements among “gently used” clothing and bring them to market. But, how does this trend positively impact how professionals contribute to a better world?

Trash or Treasure
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In today’s hyper-fast world, styles change faster than clothing wears out. While it may be easy to toss out used clothing, a sense of sustainability and philanthropy, has made it fashionable to donate clothes to the less fortunate. However, the less fortunate are not limited to people of lesser economic means. Less fortunate can be another fashionista who appreciates someone’s fashion sense only after an item has been used. Style is as much about the inner person as the outer wear. And, anyone who boldly states their style using someone else’s fashion choices demonstrate confidence and individuality. Those attributes need to be treasured.

Value in All Things
The brand on the package that carries your latest purchase can have value. But an individual’s imprint results when the item meets their personality. Pre-loved clothing selections reflect someone stylishly doing more with less. These pieces illustrate respecting the old while expressing the new. Individual confidence grows from expressing one’s individual values. Furthermore, creating value from previously owned clothing proclaims the new wearers’ personalized style. What better way to state that it is about me, not my clothes, than to assemble other people’s hand-me-downs and express yourself confidently, uniquely and stylishly?

Birds of a Feather
Thrifting clearly demonstrates that even inside of uniqueness is community. Realizing that shopping with friends is like an action sport, thrifting is best done in groups. It may be an individual’s style, but there is still comfort in group acceptance. Nothing validates your style more than a good friend recognizing your fashion choices with a simple, “that’s cute”. Thrifting is a communal activity wrapped in self-expression. If one friend looks great in her dad’s dress shirt, then the other friend’s dad’s sport coat is next! Fashion says that we are individuals together!

The lesson in thrifting is that we all must do all we can with what we have. Whether the practice is driven by budget constraints or the desire for individuality, the end product is a personal statement. Thrifting reinforces that we can all identify with a community that embraces and values us. By progressing beyond being clones, our valuable, individual attributes emerge. Consequently, the best way to contribute to any community is for each member to bring their individual attributes for everyone’s benefit. And, if you can contribute stylishly, then that is all the better.

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter & Beyond

December 1, 2014 Posted by | Better Community, Better Person, Better World | , , , , | 1 Comment

Assets: Currency or Gifts

Business is built on trust, people and value. Essentially, one individual trusts another individual to provide something of value. In turn, there is an exchange of something of value back to whoever provided the first something of value. In a classic sense, an exchange of money for goods happens. Ironically, personal relationships work in a similar way. An individual reaches out to another based on shared interests. The shared interest provides a foundation for trust. The benefit from the interaction is a sense of self-worth. Self-worth has personal value.

Over time, in both types of relationships, financial considerations are made and good feelings are exchanged. The problem arises when the relationship begins to confuse the types of value. Business is simple when you buy a good or service. Relationships work when your buddy does you a favor. Currency is the exchange for business. Favors, gifts and good feelings are the exchange for personal relationships. All are valuable. All are considered assets.

Then, a colleague needs $100. $100 is considered an asset in every sense of the word. But as a friend, does this currency represent a loan, or is it a gift? A loan should be repaid with currency. A gift may involve reciprocity. It just might not be worth $100. So the key question is: when is an exchange of assets recognized as currency or a gift? The answer lies in the agreement.

Contractually, an agreement is a written document stating what both parties will do. Believing that my word is my bond constitutes an agreement. A pinky swear is also an agreement. To answer whether an asset is recognized as currency or a gift, the agreement must be established at the beginning of the transaction.

Friendships have been ripped apart over such misunderstood agreements. Businesses have been decimated because of the lack of understanding in such agreements. Wars have been raged resulting in countries being removed from the map because currency had been exchanged as an investment, and then accepted as a gift. To understand the stakes of an exchange in assets, take the time to determine what is given and received. Currency or gift? The asset may have measurable value. But, the relationship’s damage can endure for generations with unfathomable costs. Build strong relationships. Reach agreement before exchanging assets. Understand the real value of exchanges.

By Glenn W Hunter

January 24, 2014 Posted by | Better Communication, Better Community | , , , | Leave a comment

Is That Really Me?

A local organiztion engaged me to write website biographies for their leadership team and staff. The team is both gifted and passionate. As part of the organization’s rebranding, it needed professional help describing the talent that execute their unique mission. After interviewing a key staffer, then submitting her biography, she delightfully squealed, “Is that really me? I want to meet that person!”

Accepting the compliment, I explained that I simply took her comments, then presented them back to her with respect, esteem and a few clever phrases. I told her story, I did not change her character. However, our exchange subtly reminded me that someone’s personal lens can distort their own self-perception. For example, a tall high school tennis champion looks in her mirror and privately sees an awkward loner. The class valedictorian sees her as an athletic goddess who would never want to be seen with him or his GPA. The result is that they daily walk past each other in the hall avoiding eye contact. Both are simultaneously thinking that the other is so cool, but would never be interested in someone like me. Unfortunately, this dynamic extends beyond students.

Marianne Williamson shares in “Our Greatest Fear” that, “We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” Far too often, individuals fixate on their flaws. Their “realistic” assessment is that they need improvement. Maybe they do. Meanwhile, their true friends implicitly and explicitly remind them how wonderful they are. These friends choose to share their precious life with the self-proclaimed, flawed individual. The individual’s common response is often, “You are just saying that because you are my friend.” But, why are they friends in the first place??? Considering the six billion plus people on the planet, these friends have options! You have friends because you are worthy!! Your friends’ lenses are valid, too. Maybe more so!

As for individuals who do not have others positively pouring in their perceptions, I have two examinations for you. First, examine the good points of your personality and character. Since these are your good points, you get to pick the ones that you like. Second, start examining the other six billion people in the world that are not currently connected to you. You can start in your immediate community, but do not stop there. Upon acknowledging your good qualities, you can then identify others who recognize, respect and esteem those qualities. Make the time to search until you find and connect with people who like the individual that is really you!

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter and Beyond

November 27, 2013 Posted by | Better Community, Better Person | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When Dear Friends Catch Up

I recently caught up with a dear friend. Charlotte Hunt, author of “Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely”, encourages women with severely troubled pasts through her books, speaking engagements, and counseling sessions to make life-affirming changes.  Although I am not a women, nor have a particularly troubled past, she is outstanding company for coffee or a call.  She is wise, compassionate and teachable.

As a blogger who encourages people of all stripes to move beyond their shortcomings by grabbing someone else and lifting them, I need wisdom, compassion and the capacity to learn in order to serve my audience.  Charlotte helps people separate from their emotional baggage so that they can move forward and contribute their gifts in their individual environments.  We help each other because we fundamentally use similar materials to construct strong foundations for our audiences.  But upon further review concerning how we mutually challenge and inspire each other, four pillars emerged as a better structure to capture why our connections are so rewarding.

1. Listen – When people have a problem to solve they often have a good idea of the answer.  What they really seek is affirmation, and maybe some insight, validating their belief.  By listening, a wise counselor empowers them to process their challenge and use any advice to help take ownership of the eventual solution.  We give each other advice knowing that the truth is inside us, but listening illuminates that path for it to come out of the other.

2. Believe – Corporate wisdom says “Don’t believe your own BS”.  A wiser tact is not to spread BS to begin with.  Engage the reality of the situation when investigating solutions. Believe the truth as you understand it, not according to what you were told to believe.  A tower built on a bad foundation will eventually fall.  Do you really want to be on top of the tower that was built on a foundation of lies?

3. Embrace – Hold close people who nourish your mind, body and soul.  Read their ideas if they are physically elsewhere.  Request their advice if they are close.  Share secrets if they are intimate. An embrace is not grabbing and squeezing the life out of someone.  It does mean to hold them for a shared moment, release and repeat when necessary.

4. Repeat – Why do something well and then stop?  Success should be performed over and over again, especially when contributing to others. Listen closely to people that you want to help (and may in turn help you) to understand their needs.  Engage the reality of the situation. Hold truth closely.  Let your wisdom be available to the next person in need.

I continuously encourage people to connect with people who have escaped their orbit.  Old friends, family members, former colleagues, friendly rivals are primary targets to place on the four pillars.  If the separation was bitter, then openly reach out only to the point that is healthy, or not at all.  Wounds that have healed do not have to be re-opened.  But, if the separation was simply wandering apart, expect a warm reception when you wander back.  Don’t expect the good ole days because the present is no longer the good ole days.  The objective is reconnecting with life-affirming energy from a trustworthy source.

Life happens.  Priorities change.  Wounds leave scars.  But, genuine hugs do not go cold.  Happy memories do not have a shelf life.  My friend Charlotte advocates “Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely”.  This approach absolutely works in emancipating the human spirit from several types of bondage.  But my response to her is for individuals to establish their passion as their guiding star.  Stand on the four pillars to get a better perspective. Then, manage the details during the journey.  And, uplift another along the way.  A pleasant surprise is typically in store.

By Glenn Hunter

August 15, 2012 Posted by | Better Community | , , , , , | Leave a comment