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In awe, I see what you're accomplishing now. I look and see the way
what you're accomplishing now is impacting the future. But really
that's just my own
of the way what you're accomplishing now is impacting the future.
In other words, that's just my own
legacy. I want to know what your legacy, the way you
intend it to be, will be - aside from what I already know your
legacy will be.
I want to know:
"Aside from what your friends know about you, aside from your legacy of transformation, for what would you most like to be remembered?"
It's been said forgiving is "giving up the right to resent".
Forgiving isn't always easy. But then again, giving up the right to
resent isn't always easy either. It seems to me forgiving with ease
requires recognizing something profound in people, while at the
same time coming from a profound place in yourself. I assert when
you re-presence the profound in others while coming
from the profound in yourself, forgiving becomes easy and
natural ie it simply unfolds in the process of life itself.
Please speak to this.
"On what do you draw to forgive people who are hardest to forgive?"
Since its inception your work has taken on a myriad forms. It's
been decades since there was only one flagship course whose success
could be measured simply by what
said about its impact in their lives. Now there are lots and lots
of courses and programs deploying many varied forms of expressions
impacting millions of people in hundreds of countries.
have found their way into the upper business boardrooms, up to the
and on to the highest spiritual, religious, and philosophical
podiums. As far as I can tell, determining success in each of these
vastly differing media requires separate and specific statistics
and tallies. I'd be interested to know if you've simplified this
process by combining all of them into one single universal
measurement of success.
What's your evidence it's all working?
"By what measure do you personally determine the difference your work makes globally?"
True power is often misunderstood, quite aside from the fact that
true power is rare. I've never had a problem with your power. I've
never seen it misused or inappropriately applied. Today, now that
the global listening for transformation and possibility is wide
open, we're seeing what I like to call sweeter
deliveries by you. But in the early days when the general listening
wasn't as open, we saw more of a breaking past, even a
breaking into its stuckness, into its
fixedness with - I might say - inspired and
brilliantly effective results. Some people couldn't contain this
approach. It became cannon fodder for fabled criticism.
Personally I experienced it as wonderful theatre, as riveting drama. "If you make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs", and I love having breakfast with you.
"How do you respond to accusations of people who blur your precisely applied ruthless compassion with egomania?"
The issues to which transformation can be brought, completely
altering their probable almost certain future in the world, are
legion. How do we prioritize them? There's only so much work we can
do in one day. Where do we begin? To which issues do we assign
resources first? How do we determine which wants and needs can,
should, and must wait?
"What's the one outcome in the world's current probable almost certain future you most passionately want to transform before it's too late?"
Do you have
I've considered who my own
are (and I do have people I consider to be
But if the
in which a
is evaluated is one in which I consider their
greatness eclipses my own natural greatness as a human being, the
respect and acknowledgement in designating
into nothing more than a kind of immature, naïve
Now that the background listening is set,
"Looking back through time until human beings first appeared on Planet Earth, who are the people you admire most?"
My life is inspired by you. I'm clear about it. It's more than that
actually. It's to the degree I tell the truth about it, the better
my life works - not just for me but also for everyone I interact
with. There's a new possibility present and tangible
for everyone I interact with out of my relationship with you. I
know that, and even if they don't know that or don't get
it in quite so many words, I assert that's the wanted
quality they're getting from me.
I'm wondering if this is how it shows up for you too. In other words, even though it's you who are its inspiration (which means to me you've already got it), does what I do bring forth a new possibility for you too? I'm wondering exactly how indiscriminating and borderless this quality is.
"What have Conversations For Transformation made newly available to you, their inspiration, which you didn't already have?"
Since I met you, my entire notion of what it is to get away,
of what it is to take a break has shifted. To be sure, I like to
travel and to discover new places. But the allure of taking a
vacation in order to get away, in order
to take a break has declined drastically. I love where I
am (and by that I mean wherever I am). I'm
doing what I love doing. My erstwhile yearning to take a vacation
in order to get away and to take a break doesn't grip me as it once
did. If I do take a vacation, its allure is the opportunity to
in another environment. In other words, when it comes down to it I
never get away: who I really am comes with me
everywhere I go.
Having said that,
"Do you take vacations? If so, where do you like to go? If not, what do you do to relax?"
Recognition comes in various forms: having a major bridge named
after you, being awarded a Nobel prize, getting a fifteen minute
sustained foot stomping hand clapping whistling cheering standing
ovation from a stadium full of people who were outright skeptical
of you to begin with.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if someday you also got the first two.
"What's the most memorable, validating acknowledgement of your work you've ever gotten?"
It's been said "When I don't know who I am, I serve you; when I
know who I am, I am you.".
That's not quite right.
I do know who I am. And who I am is I am you serving you.
Please tell me:
"How may I best serve you?"
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