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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Like leaves, scattered in the breeze, that once all shared the same tree.

One night, as I walked by a homeless man sitting on the street, our eyes met. He was in his upper thirds, I'd say 60s. I lightly nodded my head in a gesture of acknowledgement and respect. My feet and brain kept rolling, but my tummy hollowed.

Those eyes... They held me. I was not sad for him nor did I want to serve him. I was sad for me. ME. In that fraction of a second, through his eyes, I saw me.

"Another" is not something I can serve. All that it offers is relief from guilt, a boost of ego, or perhaps fulfillment of a sense of responsibility. It's not enough. I need to look deeper and find our connection. I have to see myself in their eyes. Serve from a place of meaning, purpose and authenticity.

That's how I want to see and that's how I hope to be seen. Connected. To understand we are just leaves, scattered in the breeze, that once all shared the same tree.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Soren and Wisdom 2.0

Conferences are full of bullshit but I like Wisdom 2.0 Gatherings. It feels like a sprinkle of bullshit on top of a mountain of authenticity.

I recently sat down with Soren, the founder, to talk about the 2015 Wisdom 2.0 Conference. What grabbed me was the story of his environmental walk across the world and it's splay of unplanned adventures and deep connections. The seed of Wisdom 2.0 is built on that foundation and it shows when you chat with the founder who seeps authenticity. I've met some pretty great people at Wisdom 2.0 and I'll be there this year with my camera. If you're coming to the conference this February, bump into me!

Info on the conference can be found at www.wisdom2conference.com