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Just when I think you can't be any
you are. Just when I think you can't
any more explicitly, you do. Just when I think you can't imbue
with any more raw
than it already has, I look again and I see you have.
"Speaking as a 39 year veteran of your work, it's clear to me that over the years, you've made its presentation simpler (never easier) and more direct as it accesses greater power in less time with fewer words. How do you do that? What's your linguistic plumb line (if you will) for becoming ever terser?"
After you experienced
for the first
you said you saw you had to do three things: a)
what had happened
to you with others; b) take
for your own
so that your
would not turn into just another
and c) confront and clean up the things you had done from an
untransformed space. I
if at that
you also saw how enduring
would be (soon we'll be marking its fifth
"Your work today continues to demonstrate an ever-increasing momentum and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon, if ever. When you first got it on the Golden Gate Bridge in 1971, did you know then it would still be working as powerfully as it is for as long as it has, 46 years later?"
When I was younger and naïver than I am today, I
of every one of your
in which I
they met my measures for
every one of them did, I
assessing them. It had dawned on me if they weren't properly vetted
by you, they wouldn't be
in the first place.
"The people you train to lead your most senior programs have to meet many rigorous measures over many stages. What is that one particular final measure they must meet, by which they give you the total certainty they're qualified to lead ie to re-create you?"
46 years ago there was no
Earlier iterations of
were confronting because (in my
they had to
but rather the
As a result, there's now an accumulation of 46 years of
doesn't need to be as confrontational as it once did. In this space
something new is
which earlier, wasn't.
"Is there anything fundamental which differentiates what your work additionally makes available today, from what it made available when you began 46 years ago, especially given the now 46 years of experience building up to today?"
Some people characterize themselves as "seekers" ie as "searching
there is no
- as you've
isn't one which has
is one which has lots and lots and lots of
With all that said, it seems likely
"What makes a difference?" must be
"When I consider qualities which make a difference, intention and commitment etc come to mind. But can anything ever make any real, lasting difference if it's not spoken? So isn't language the paramount quality for making a difference?"
wants what it wants (Emily Dickinson said that). When I
someone, I want to
be around them.
I want to be near them. I want to be
to them. Throughout
I've indulged myself this
even though it sets me up to lose when I can't
be around them
or near them or
to them. So I'm looking to see if I can
someone, such that whether I'm
or not, it's a win - for everyone.
"A coach of mine I trust explicitly suggests I create a new connection with you: by being with you 'out of time and space'. Please speak to this. While I'm intrigued by its possibility, isn't there a risk it would leave me simply imagining things?"
Everyone sends you their
And what everyone wants to know is what you're up to these days.
The boldest of your current public
profiles (at least, the boldest I'm aware of) is the
Given my guess (and
on now will emerge later and break
as the sequel to the
Please say in which area(s) this will occur.
"What projects are you working on now? What new work are you scheduled to develop in the future?"
who you are
for yourself, your
was unchanged from the previous
you the same
On both occasions you said you are "a place where
can go to
I could assume your
will still be the same if I
you the same
again for a third
But it's also
that in the interim (and especially given what you do) you've had a
and have re-generated
who you are
"Six years ago when I was in Marrakech Morocco, you answered my question 'Who are you generating yourself to be for the future?' by including 'Make of myself a place where the truth can go to work.'. Is this who you're still generating yourself to be for the future? Or are you something new now?"
Since each of
my three children
(in one form or another) has been ongoing with us. We
the distinctions whenever it's pragmatic and useful to do so. And
if they don't bring them to our
then I do. That said,
where the rubber really
meets the road
I be with them. It's proved to make great things
for us in our
I be with them is
you be with me.
"I have interactions with my children in difficult times when I'm at a total loss to know how to be with them. So I drop back, punt ... and be with them the way you be with me. It always works - brilliantly. What is it exactly about being present and simply listening that's so healing?"
You introduced me to
(I'm deeply grateful). One of what for me are his most compelling
is one you've cited from his introduction to his classic
compilation titled New
The second sentence of the fifth
paragraph culminates in the stunning "... a
who said to those near him,when his
would not hold a brush 'tie it to my hand'--".
"Have you accomplished what you set out to do? If not, what's left?"
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