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Volume 2009-09, Issue 1
September 9, 2009
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steamy hot days and warm sultry nights of summer in the subtropical
region continue here in the Florida Keys as we slide into autumn.
Fortunately, these translate into what I like to call "Dolly Days" -
when I can have my perfect experience on the water. That consists of
watching Florida's mountains (great big fluffy cumulus clouds) form,
rise and grow. It includes mirror flat, still water that perfectly
reflects the sky, so if you take a picture you can turn it either way
and not know which is which.
days like this, the colors of the sky and water also change all day
long - like living inside a kaleidoscope. As the sky gets brighter or
darker, the water turns from aqua to green to sapphire blue. It is so
clear it reflects back a sandy bottom or reveals one covered with life
protecting sea grasses. Fish, rays and sea turtles are readily visible
from the boat, and for a long distance under water.
the evening, the water even has
glints of pink as the earth turns
away from the sun on its daily rotation. "Ah," I always say, "this is
what water is supposed to look like."
And I hope it, and the life giving aspects of all our natural systems,
are increasingly protected for our own sake. In this LJ issue, I take
another stab at urging you to make that part of the values that
underlie the legacy you are consciously creating. As one example, click
here to view a New Zealand
woman's journey to do so.
And oh! Lest I forget. Our long-planned program 7
Steps To Creating
Your Legacy is ready to go!
There will be 8 weekly sessions running
Wednesdays, October 7 - December 2, 2009; and we'll be presenting a few
more free preview sessions in September for folks who want more
information. If you're ready to make a difference and lead the world in
a more positive direction, but are not sure quite how, this is your
opportunity to create a blueprint for your own personal legacy project.
We are so looking forward to it, and working with you! Please share
with your friends and colleagues - to me that is the biggest honor.
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depredations have had a nearly 500-year head start on humanity's immune
system. The exponential assault on resources and the production of
waste, coupled with the extirpation of cultures and the exploitation of
workers, is a disease as surely as hepatitis or cancer. It is sponsored
by a political-economic system we are all a part of, and finger
pointing inevitably comes back to self…. In essence, the
environmental movement can be seen as humanity's response to contagious
policies killing the earth, while the social justice movement addresses
economic and legislated pathogens that destroy families, bodies,
cultures and communities."
-- Paul Hawken (from his
book, Blessed Unrest)
|CHAMPIONING NATURE AND
I have enjoyed all forms of nature wherever I have lived. Nature is
truly the 'church' where my spirituality is most strongly impacted. It
is a special privilege to live in a place this pristinely beautiful and
relatively unspoiled. I say relatively because people, like my husband
who has been here 30+ years, have personally experienced the
deterioration in water quality, coral cover and fish
Between temperature rise and increased ocean acidification (as it
attempts to absorb carbon from the atmosphere - remember from chemistry
H2O + CO2 = carbonic acid?), we have already seen an estimated 80% loss of live coral
cover since 1977 throughout the
Caribbean. Corals are the amazingly colorful sea animals that are our
"canaries in the mine."
And this matters why?
It matters because coral reefs make up one of the most diverse and
valuable ecosystems on earth. Many people understand the problems
associated with loss of rainforests, but not of these out of sight, out
of mind 'undersea rainforests.'
Corals are like the giant redwood trees of the ocean - they take many
decades to grow to significant size. The coral reef in America's
backyard off the coast of FL is the third longest in the world. The
reefs support at least a million described species of animals and
to mention the very food chain we depend on.
estimated another 8 million coral reef species are as yet undiscovered,
if we get the opportunity. It is also estimated that coral reefs add
$375 billion to the economy each year - "a staggering figure for an ecosystem
which covers less than one percent of the earth's surface."
If we lose this resource we'll pay dearly according to Tufts University.
This affects us all, and I'm emphasizing this issue right now because
there is climate change, clean energy and green jobs legislation
currently before the U.S. Senate,
and it needs help from all concerned to strengthen it.
Beyond that, there are things each person who chooses to can do every
day to help, by building their own legacy around exercising the values
to protect, preserve and restore the balance of nature wherever
possible. Start with simply acting to 'pre-cycle, re-use, recycle and
rot' everything possible. "Rot" refers to composting all your organics
- make some great fertilizer for your plants and reduce your solid
waste removal costs - and stop using your garbage disposal to put all
that into the water supply. Volunteer for an environmental organization
or create your own project, program or enterprise with a truly green
Paul Hawken, a leader I admire in this arena, is an environmentalist
and entrepreneur who focuses on the impact of commerce on the
environment. He has dedicated himself to changing the relationship
between business and nature to create a more fair and sustainable
world. Earlier this year, he captured his views in an amazing
commencement speech at the University of Portland, sharing incredibly inspiring words
to encourage the effort.
Estimates indicate that 100 months from 1 August 2008 (which is now
only 87 months), atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases "will
begin to exceed a point whereby it is no longer likely
we will be able
to avert potentially irreversible climate change." (See
a simple 2 page report on this at onehundredmonths.org).
That is a point publicly made earlier this year by Great Britain's Prince Charles.
With the recent death of Senator Edward Kennedy, America lost a leader
who vigorously championed many critical pieces of legislation on
environmental and clean energy issues. Will you join me in being a
leader who carries these efforts forward and teaches your children to?
Along with the canaries, I hope you'll make that part of your legacy.
And I'd be more than happy to help.
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|Who Will Lead Going
Forward – Maybe You?
lost a great leader this past week. Senator Ted Kennedy served as the
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for 47 years. The quadrumvirate of the
brothers Kennedy dedicated to community, country, and keeping a focus
on the average citizen, came to a close.
Ted Kennedy kept alive what his older brothers started and was cut
short. Oldest brother Joe Kennedy, Jr., was killed in WWII when the
younger triumvirate most of us know from media coverage were still
coming of age. Ted then had to experience, if any of us can even
imagine, the assassination
of his two older brothers about the same time as we lost the great
Reverend Martin Luther King.
In the end, each younger brother eulogized the older one, Senator Bobby
Kennedy speaking at the funeral of President John Kennedy, and Senator
Ted Kennedy at the memorial of Bobby. There was an obvious answer to
the question of who would eulogize Ted Kennedy - the man who without
the efforts, indeed the legacies, left by all these kindred leaders
would never have become our current President. Without their heartfelt
and passionate work on things like the Civil Rights and Voting Rights
Acts in this country, we could never have elected Barack Obama. It was
only right that he back up Ted; the others had Obama's back.
Legacies are about values, family, and service of others. Nowhere is
this more clearly exemplified than in examining the life of Ted
Kennedy. He was one man, who like all of us had faults and made
mistakes, came from what some would call a big dysfunctional family and
who as a young man had to endure losses most of us cannot even imagine.
Who of us cannot relate to some part of that, and having to rise above?
In doing so, Ted Kennedy defined the elements of his legacy - the one
he lived every day for at least 47+ years and has many, many projects
to show for. Now the media will be chewing over his legacy like Monday
It seems odd that the concept of legacy comes up for most people
primarily when someone is on their death bed or has finally slipped out
of their body and back into the energetic universe. I guess that's in
keeping with the idea that legacies are only the province of those "in
power" or who make or inherit a lot of money and then donate it to
build a memorial or set up a foundation that distributes thousands or
millions of dollars each year to other projects. Or that legacies
themselves often focus only on the assets and property folks leave
behind. These are but one view, and one small piece of the larger
concept of legacy.
In essence, legacy is first something you live. At the end of life,
others discuss and dissect "the" legacy left behind like a collection
of memorabilia in the attic. But the people who have such significant
accomplishments - the kind of records that Ted Kennedy, indeed the
Kennedy family have - built them through consistent focus on what they
value and the very personal leadership level activities they chose to
engage in one day at a time. It's not a one fell swoop summation - it's
what Bonnie Raitt (on getting her first Grammy award) called a 25-year
overnight success story.
I was struck by a quote from Ted Kennedy I read this week. This quote
is his response to being labeled a "liberal." I've never been big on
labels - people are a lot more than the labels we apply to them. But
like his politics or not, what he had to say was a clear indication of
the values underlying his great legacies, which he built day by day as
he lived them:
by a liberal, they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind; someone
who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions; someone who cares about
the welfare of the people, their health, their housing, their schools,
their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties; someone who
believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicion that grips
us; if that is what they mean by a liberal, I am proud to be a liberal."
-- Senator Edward M. Kennedy, 1932-2009
Upon examination then from his own declarations, the foundation for
many projects, programs and other accomplishments that will live on
from this leader's legacies, are these values: looking forward and
having vision, innovation, flexibility, caring, health, housing,
education, work and productivity, civil rights and liberties,
developing trust and working together.
And they are more than declarations, which live only in words. They are
commitments which live in the actions he engaged in to create and build
his legacy over time. As a leader, he did so by listening - to his
constituents, his legacy beneficiaries the American people, and to the
people he needed to work with to get things done including other
leaders in Congress and around the world, private industry, charitable
institutions and his own staff. As one of them, Leanne Tobias reflects,
he even influenced the staff of other members of Congress.
he had his own ideas, vision and agenda. However, they were formed
in consideration for the needs and views of many others. They were
accomplished through the work of many others, as well - he built a
loyal team of many qualified staff members whose work he also
passionately supported. Many of them have likewise gone on to
accomplish great things, leveraging the impact his legacy has. He was
able to conceive, define, plan, build, bring in others, and hand things
off to make many projects and programs ongoing and sustainable
operations that will continue to benefit many. And you can do it, too -
like you, he's just one man who pulled his pant legs on one at a time
and had to deal with life issues, indeed blows, and overcome them.
Kennedy nurtured each of his
projects for as long as he needed to
for the planted seeds to sprout, become strong little saplings and
stand on their own. He fought for health care reforms in this country
since 1980, but was unable to witness major reforms currently being
debated. But consistent activities done persistently created many great
results. These are things you can do, too, with what you value, with
your family and in service of your own communities to move things
forward with vision and commitment, and consciously create your own
What do you value that you can act on to be a positive leader who
powers sustainable change in a productive direction? When will you
start? The sooner you do, the more you'll not only live from a greater
level of fulfillment and joy for each day, but eventually have a lot to
show for it, and for the people who matter to you (and maybe even the
Monday morning quarterbacks).
me about someone you know who is living or building a legacy. We'd love
to feature their story. Maybe it's you?!
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Steps to Creating Your Legacy" begins October 7, 2009!
making a difference in you community or the world something you think
about how to do it inside your current business, in addition to your
"day job," as part of a career transition to something else, or related
to your family's estate planning?
to quiet those nagging thoughts that make you wonder if what you're
currently doing "is all there is" or if you're meant to make a bigger
contribution or impact?
eight week program will cover all facets of legacy development:
~ Dream ~ Discover ~ Design ~ Plan ~ Build ~ Celebrate!
take you through a process of examining your life and work in the world
to build a project, program or maybe even a whole new enterprise
devoted to what you care about, what has meaning for you and what
allows you to access your greatest level of joy and fulfillment.
For you, that may involve the way you engage in income-generating
activities, it may involve decisions about how to practically approach
philanthropic ones, or
some combination of it all - unique to your situation!
the time and place to explore why you're here and what you really want
is outlined more fully here.
We are also holding a
couple more preview calls in September. For those of you who have
attended a past one, will attend an upcoming preview this month (or
want to participate again), our registration process is open and
participation will entitle you to an early bird discount price on the 7
Steps program! (see below)
SEPTEMBER PREVIEW CALLS
We have scheduled two more free preview calls prior to our upcoming "7
Steps to Creating Your Legacy"
program. While the focus of the material is women, as previous
participants can attest, the material is applicable to both genders
… and all age ranges. The preview covers:
Women Professionals and Business Owners Must Create A Legacy
Why must they?
Essentially, because they can.
And for at least three reasons:
Mark your calendar and register! Our final two upcoming previews are:
time that successful women take a bigger lead in making positive change
you've had the freedom and education that allows you to serve as a
professional or own a business, you are in a privileged minority of
people with access to the necessary resources, and
may well be the most fulfilling thing you've ever done.
September 17, 2009 and
September 22, 2009
Each will be held at 10a PT / 11a MT / noon CT / 1p ET - delivered by
teleconference so you can participate from the comfort of wherever you
happen to be! Click here for more information and
to register to participate.
Look forward to hearing you on the call!
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|Dolly M. Garlo, RN, JD,
PCC is the founder and president of Thrive!!®
and Creating Legacy™. It is a company devoted to empowering
business owners and entrepreneurially minded professionals make their
positive impact in the world - with joy and meaning.
For 30 + years Dolly has supported clients in many different arenas -
healthcare, law and business. While she's currently best known for her
expertise in business development and professional career transition,
her clients, members of Generation G (for generosity!) share that her
biggest impact comes from her philosophy.
That philosophy is to design your work and create an exceptional life
by making sure that all your actions reflect your personal integrity
and values, greatest level of wellness, highest and best contribution,
and individual sense of abundance - for which you can feel exceedingly
grateful. These, Dolly says, are the keys to true, lasting satisfaction
and happiness from which you can also "make a positive difference that
lasts for generations."
You can learn more about Dolly and her programs, presentations and
products at CreatingLegacy.com and AllThrive.com.
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