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Being Present

Thursday, December 8th, 2011
Present Self

Present Self

In my own creative process, little choice exists for me in my work.  In order to succeed, I must be present, in the right frame of mind, at a propitious moment. This requires that I listen, or “be present” in order to perceive that something important will occur ahead, in the time frame we call the Road of Life. I am there before my body is. That is how what I do works. I know where to be when not many others seem to see or care about that. But anyone could do it. So why don’t they? Why don’t you?

Seth Godin says it so well in this blog entitled, “I Am Here”.

If you want to matter: be present, show up, pay attention. Pretty simple. But you would be surprised how many do not get the importance of placing themselves in the middle of a meeting or event, or of simply sitting down to listen to someone who has reached out to us. There are a few things I regret not having taken the time to do. I know when I have missed it. But most of the time, well, my library and career exist, because I like being present. So I do. I bring a camera, and a receptive heart.

One of the most wonderful and entertaining experiences I have had recently, involved listening to a man who looked to be just a step off the streets, in an automotive shop in Santa Barbara. In an hour he had poured out one of the more fascinating life stories I had ever heard. Turns out that man, who obviously needed some dental work and rest, fronts a racing development company, cares for an indigent parent, and is sitting on cash assets in excess of 60 million dollars, as well as being a very involved parent. He invited me to visit him where he lives works and races, in Oregon. I may go.

My desire to be present is why I got be be there to meet and experience the men in the image below, who do great things for the Oceans.

Blue Mind

Blue Mind

Wallace J Nichols is a Marine Biologist who I met while attending a series of conference- workshops in San Francisco, at the invitation of one of the Directors of Project Kaisei, my globally thinking friend, George Orbelian. I have gotten to spend  fascinating one on one time with J. That man is PRESENT when we talk about life and the Oceans. Here is a fantastic article, written and published in Outside Magazine this month. He is also on the cover. If you want to understand what exactly needs to be done in order to be present, in building a better, cleaner more productive world, and how both you and the Oceans can benefit, read this story. A notable excerpt and an item of great common water (ground) is right here below.

“Whether it’s a 92-year-old or a two-year-old, when they come into that blue space, something happens,” Nichols says. They grow quiet and calm, but there’s more to it than that. When couples walk in, they frequently start holding hands. He says that if you ask people here what they’re feeling, they’ll struggle for words. Nichols finds this fascinating. He also believes that if we can understand what really happens to us in the presence of the ocean—which brain processes underlie our emotional reactions—it could bring about a radical shift in conservation efforts. If we learn precisely why we love the ocean, his thinking goes, we’ll have an immensely powerful new tool to protect it.” J Nichols from Outside Magazine

J Nichols, our world

J Nichols, our world

 

Frequently I get to sit and talk, or work along side, some remarkably bright lights. I see much commonality and brotherhood amongst them all, but one of the focal points is their understanding of the value in being present. This week I got to sit with Community activist Randall Richman here in Ventura.  When I got home, K38 Rescue chief, Shawn Alladio was sitting on my couch, having just wrapped a Rescue Boat Operator course at Vandenberg AFB. She stopped in and we spent hours together, looking through digital assets, discussing  projects, and well, just being PRESENT in each other’s lives. Her blogpieces on the recent visit for post tsunami recovery and training for K38 Rescue Japan is a fascinating look at Marine Debris. What Shawn Alladio and K38 Rescue is doing about debris is right here.

Soon after that, I had breakfast with research Scientist Dr. Andrea Neal of Blue Ocean Sciences, who is also the Science Advisor for Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, as well as the Principal Investigator for Project Kaisei. She is making inclusive, being present type plans, for a large number of fellows.

Recently, Dr Ed Brenegar of the Community of Leaders, showed up at my door here in Ventura California. Ed is one of THE most present people I know, in  person, digitally, and spiritually. He knows to show up, and listens more than he speaks.

Ed Brenegar: being present

Ed Brenegar: being present

In fact, I get to meet with so many people who enjoy being present, that I am 100 percent convinced I will be afforded vast opportunity and as a result, my image library will likely prove at some point, to be of significant Historic worth. It is obvious to me.

Here is a great little message from one of the “present” people in my life. Donna Von Hoesslin, the head of Betty B, whose company is all about being Ocean inspired. The image below was shot this week in San Francisco, California. In the background is SF Bay, where a few months ago, George, Donna, J and others of us were present shipboard, hosted by ARUP and Cole Roberts, for the sole purpose of being present and examining how the future of the Oceans and our world, could look.  Get it? The manner of connection? You must do it. Or nothing happens.

So what in the heck are you going on about?  (You may be wondering ) What ARE you doing with this?

This is my life. I am surrounding myself with social architects and designers capable via connection, to design the future. I want, no, I NEED, to be a part of that. I have a bit to say and show about the world and the Oceans, and I have always loved sharing. Everything came from the sea. It connects all creation.

So why should you show up? I mean really……. Life is busy. Times are hard all around. So why do it? Why be present?

Because the world needs you,  and you are the one who will benefit in the end. The process will confer great benefit upon YOU.

Life is a gift. Give it. Offer your life. That is what being present, really means. At the end of the day, you will be so glad that you chose to do this: engage.

Open arms of presence

Open arms of presence

 

 Here is a fantastic call to action by the band Muse.

Here is a poignant story sent along by one of my K38 team mates, Dominik Gryzb. The story is of a Father and his son. Present. To serve. To Love.

Sent along by The Daily Good: how to wage peace.

 

We are the change.

Connect

Connect

 

American Christmas

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
It takes more than flags. It takes people. Ventura Ca.

It takes more than flags. It takes people. Ventura Ca.

We have a problem residing in our country this Christmas. “Which one?” you might jump to respond.

The problem of which I write is one of recall, memory. Memory is a fundamental component in establishing progress for a vast array of reasons. But where our communities are concerned, it is even more pertinent.

I believe that we as a Country have forgotten what it means to be American. I really do. We had grown fat and insular the past several decades.  The affect was pinged out and the world responded to this, as an opportunity to parasitize this Country, to plunder it, and enslave it’s people. Our choices and attitude set the stage. You can see the affect of it in our very Government. We seeded our current spiraling demise.

Here is a perfect example of this.

Things look bad today. No matter where one is seated.

But the apparent slide of our country is far from over, or set in stone. (It could get worse.) However, I really see it being entirely possible to become whole and healthy again.

All it will take, is for us to choose to make sense, and side with our communities and their health. That means once again, doing what is in the best interest of each and every member of our towns. We will need to restore trust.

Here is a good article on trust. It is a long read, which most leaders will want to ponder: repeatedly.

It takes more than flying a flag. It takes more than soiled National pride. It takes resolve to live by the standards of God and our forefathers, which were placed at the masthead 234 Christmases ago. This will require each of us. We will need to “love and support our neighbor as ourselves.”

If we decide to take care of our own, everything changes. It worked for God. That is why we have Christmas. He took care of us. So now we have an obligation. We need to remember who that obligation is to.

The other night I listened to  Samuel Shoemaker and his brothers perform a song entitled Dancing Girl. The piece gives a very personal account of his experience in the Marines. At the end, I walked in to my girlfriend’s little shop.  Sam’s words had woken me up. I saw something with greater clarity than prior.

Shoemaker Brothers

Shoemaker Brothers

Donna came back to America from her adopted home in Germany about seven years ago. Determined to give the country of her birth another chance, she built a business founded on her passion for the Ocean, empowering women, design and ethics. She named it Betty Belts. A couple years ago she branched out into retail when she opened her little boutique called Betty B.

Ventura Storefront: Betty B and Donna

Ventura Storefront: Betty B and Donna

Like many small business people in America, her dreams and aspirations are simple: to make a living, and to inspire hope  and positive change in her community.

Betty B

Betty B

As I looked around her shop, I saw the handiwork of countless people in her fashion accessories and product mix. And I realized that it was not just Donna represented in that shop, but a cadre of human beings spread out across the globe, who each contribute to what at first glance is just a tiny shop off Main St in Ventura California.

Handmade

Handmade

Christmas!

Christmas!

And then I thought of the recent battles in City Hall, as our City Council continues to struggle with what to the community, seems to be a subject worthy of civil war: the choice of whether to side with the people they live with when setting policy, or to oppress them.  It occurred to me that the ripple effect of  poor choices by Governance at the City level has a global impact. That was sobering.

A Christmas wish from Ventura Merchants

A Christmas wish from Ventura Merchants

Though I am embarrassed for my town, and saddened by what I have seen City Government do to the people of Ventura, what gives me hope this Christmas is that people like Donna persist.

Persistence is a very American virtue.

Donna’s family is rooted in the History of this Country. They helped found it. She left that behind her at one point in her life. And yet returned with a very global perspective in hand, to engage in a manner that would make her ancestors proud.

Today, everyone fights a hard battle just to stay afloat. But my town, being of pioneer stock and temperment will prevail, and when it does, so will America.

We need to remember who we are this Christmas, and celebrate that.

Be authentic. It matters. So do you.

Have an American Christmas.

Surfing Is

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
David Pu'u, Self Expression

David Pu'u, Self Expression

The motivation for this piece began with the publication of the following story in the WSJ, to which I contributed an image of my girlfriend Donna Von Hoesslin. Read the comment section, post story, and you will see a diversity of opinions (including mine) that are quite revelatory about each person’s point of view regarding surfing. Those statements reveal everything about those people’s depth of involvement with the ocean. The commentary engaged me.

I have always been a surfer. At four years of age I knew that goal was what my life would be about. To know the ocean, (and to surf) became my path.

In a lifetime of study and involvement in all things water and ocean related, I learned many things about the ocean that never cease to amaze and moderate me as a human being.

Waterwoman, Hailey Partridge

Waterwoman, Hailey Partridge

Water has got to be the single greatest creative foil for mankind ever. It always wins. (You cannot compress it.) It is alive. Within it, and especially the sea, is contained the genetic signature of all life, which ever existed.

But what I find remarkable, is that as a Hawaiian, my ancestors gifted the sport, and the resulting culture that arose, for reasons many may not readily comprehend. I have long been convinced that surfing and the resulting relationship with the ocean serves to be a mirror of who and what a person is. In it, is a near perfect reflection of everybody’s true compass heading for their lives.

As I document and observe the people involved with the ocean, to me, the depth of every single human being is readily apparent by seeing how they relate to water.

In  a world of people aspiring to be called: surfers, surfriders, eco warriors, watermen, and all manner of ocean branded things, it is readily apparent, what surfing is to those people. You can always tell who really comprehends the ocean,  and whether that person is there to simply use it to brand their movement or maybe just find a means of validating themselves.

Hard to fake it with something so vital and alive as the sea. She always triumphs. Even if her own time frame is an eternal one. It is we who fade into her, and eventually she is us.

Performance as a Mirror of Involvement

Performance as a Mirror of Involvement

Seth Godin was thinking along similar lines today. His Blog.

My ancestors knew exactly what they were doing.

Like the ocean, truth is eternal.

Carmine Rush

Carmine Rush

Best to embrace it.

Evil : This is Personal

Friday, July 2nd, 2010
Dark and Light

Dark and Light

It is a choice whether to follow truth or falsehood.

I never bought into the Film “An Inconvenient Truth. “ Lets get that straight between us. I could make a long list of reasons for this as a businessman,  film maker, Journalist, ex manufacturer, Science fan, Environmentalist, and someone who participated in the formation of some of the rules written by CARB. But my principal reason, was that I choose what I will embrace based upon the character of the person communicating it, and the tone of their message.

 Conscious

Conscious

In my work in business and retail for 20 years, I ran across all manner of Con (sort for confidence) based criminals. I learned a lot about their modus, as my company had to work alongside the Santa Barbara DA’s office in prosecuting them.

Their methods are typically based on leveraging limited credibility to a perceived promised positive outcome. But in reality, the victim is always just that, a target where by the Con man achieves his goal. Those goals can range from an illegitimate grasp of power-authority, right on down the laundry list of assets the Con man would like to have handed to him. Cars, products, cash, real estate and in Mr. Gore’s case: latitude and credibility to acquire power, influence of a movement, and ultimately: money.

So when Al Gore, a man whose business has been Politics, was put up as a poster boy for a theory that appeared to be fear based, I saw it immediately for what it was. A confidence game.

I refused to follow him. I chose Truth instead.

Look

Look

This post is not really about  Evil. It is about Truth. Jesus said this: I am the way, the Truth, and the Life (Light). He also said: I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Light

Light

So I looked at Al Gore: lot of darkness there. Not where I ever wanted to go personally. And this IS personal. This is all about personal choice and correct path.

So you can believe what Al preaches if you want to. But you may want to have a look at the latest mess to see who you followed, if you really do not want to take the longer path of educating yourself on Physical Science, and the tenets of environmental control.

Powers

Powers

In this report the victim reveals everything about Al Gore’s character. I believe her. Not because I want to. I would rather he was not what he appears to be. But in any event, I will not put myself in that sort of darkness.

That is the real and very inconvenient truth. Al probably believes his own lies. As most Law Enforcement personnel will tell you, most good Con men do. How else would they convert people into being true believers?

More truths from a  Senate Subcommittee.

These folk’s view is ahead of ours in the timeline of eco based legislature. They come from a European POV. They made a film about it too.

So on this Fourth of July, do yourself and your country a favor. We are at war. Our men  and women in the military, live and die for the tenets of this country. But behind the lines of our own borders, we have other enemies, and their strength is based on keeping the public in the dark, about who and what they really are about.

So make the tenets you select be Truth based. This is VERY personal.  It is about choice, and yours matters. It will determine what happens to this country and it’s future generations.

Independence Day

Independence Day

I like these guys. The Shoemaker Brothers live their choices out loud. This song is based on Samuel Shoemaker’s own experiences as a US Serviceman. It is called Dancing Girl.

As an example of a man I would follow, there is Harold Estes.

Have a real Independence Day. Choose Truth. Walk in the light.

Elephant Hunting

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Connect

Connect

The last time I passed through customs, I was on my way home from Bali. No matter how wonderful the travel destination and experience, I always relish the return to American soil. There is something very  comforting in speaking with a Customs Officer who I know is not going to charge me a tout (bribe paid as a form of tax, on something that should be free anyway) and who appreciates the price paid for the soil on which he stands, and protects.

As I said my hellos and thank yous to the same guy whose line I had been through several times before, and headed out to pick up my baggage, something odd struck me. LA seemed far more run down and disheveled than Denpassar Bali, which I had just flown from. Trippy.

I realized it then, and do so with greater alacrity now, that we as a people in this country, are exceedingly vulnerable, possibly more so than we have ever been since we became a country. We are divided.

“United we stand, divided we fall” is an old wisdom. It was penned by Aesop BC. Before Christ. Old. Enduring. Think about that. It exists to this day because people tend to forget certain unpleasant aspects of their world in the life process. So mankind has needed this reminder. As a result, the saying has endured.

The prior blog laid a lot of information out. It was done with a distinct sense of purpose and great forethought. I want the knowledge in it to be followed by the acquisition of wisdom. We cannot continue in our past vein of polarity in this country. That is a tall order for a system founded on adversarialism: to kill our penchant for choosing sides.

As I watch people lining up to do fund raising “For the Gulf” there are several big assed Elephants in the room.

Here they are, described in brief.

The people of the Gulf States are screwed. For a LONG time. We have unwittingly created not just the death of an eco system, but a vast economic death. Giving money, while a nice gesture and possibly short term help, IF one chooses a charity that does not spend 90 cents of each dollar on infrastructure, is not going to  get those people out of the woods. Think Third World desperation, despair and powerlessness. THAT is one of the elephants we have created.

If you watched the news report in yesterday’s blog and know anything about the oil industry you will realize that it not only supplies oil, but jobs. It also is a filthy business. It has been polluting the Gulf Coast for decades. So IF you are one of those that is on the pole end that insists on the cessation of all offshore oil activity, congratulations. This could possibly occur. You just raised the cost of oil and its minion of oil based manufactured products. You also just killed off all of those people’s jobs, and welfare, I am sorry to point out,  will be paid for by all of us. Great, more social and economic destruction. Nice work. Problem is, that you use the oil every day too.

If you are on the other end of the pole, you are all for headlong development. More jobs. Independence from foreign oil suppliers. Less war and death, and oddly enough, the death of the Gulf Coast eco system, already strained. Since the Gulf Stream connects virtually 50 percent of the world’s oceans directly, you just quite possibly killed the ocean and the jobs and food source of millions of people. Nice work, once more.

Now for all you ignorant, well intentioned, self righteous pole sitters, it should be pretty obvious: our arrogance is the biggest elephant in the room.  Number Two is the massive loss of the eco system that will create a huge chain reaction of death and destruction in every realm. Number Three is the death of the economic system of the Gulf States and another massive blow to the US economy.

We are about to experience unprecedented suffering in this country.

But there exists a Fourth Elephant. Remember all the politically inspired Global Climate Change uproar which one of our corrupt leaders implemented? Al Gore and his climate change, make me some money folks?  Well, between that lovely little volcano that spewed as much ash and toxicity into the air this past year, as 20 years of US industrial output (or more) and the poisoning of the ocean by the Horizon disaster,  we are now going to experience REAL global warming effects, and soon.

The Earth is what one could call a “Smart system.”  It is going to engage ALL of it’s resources to fix itself, as the narrators pointed out in the video in the prior post. We will see storms, we will likely experience earth quakes, and a huge number of minute microbiological effects that will not be so readily apparent, and that are already engaging to right the system.

Pay attention to what you believe, and become willing to follow. I suggest we all place Aesop’s words in our heads and hearts. We will need each other more now, than ever before.

Speaking of united. Allan Weisbecker’s POV on all of this is a  GREAT READ.

Here is an interesting and rather innovative resource. Consider that we are the solution. Not just part of the problem.

Lets go kill some Elephants.

Towards Light

Towards Light

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