Posts Tagged ‘Creativity’

THE WHIRLWIND

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Sometimes it seems as if I am living in a whirlwind. The last two weeks have passed in a blur. I have been in fire_glory_whirlwind_over_lyford3Tucson meeting with Dr. Gary Schwartz of the University of Arizona, Dr. and Master Sha and high level members of his team, and with PBS television producer Darla Boone.  A double rainbow appeared during our discussions and our discussions focused on the scientific and economic resources needed to produce experiments that can document and prove the healing miracles that Dr. Sha performs. Along the way we decided we would produce some PBS television specials as well so we can share findings with the broadest possible audience.

From Tucson I headed to Sedona. I always enjoy visiting Sedona, especially my good friends Sarah and Marty. Sarah is expanding her meditation training, and for someone who meditates hours a day she is as busy as any entrepreneur I have ever met.   Marty took me for a spin in Sarah’s Tesla. Quite a car, and very space-age in every detail. Mark my words. Within twenty years everyone will be driving a Tesla or a Tesla wannabe. There is a reason Tesla stock is worth more than General Motors.

From Tucson it was home to Cardiff for a day to catch up on emails, and then on to Los Angeles to participate in Rick Frishman’s Author 101. I enjoy Rick’s events, and every year they get better and better. The secret is that Rick attracts not just great presenters but a great audience of entrepreneurs who want to use books to help fulfill their business and personal goals. The majority of writers in the audience had  worthwhile projects which taken together as group of one hundred or more future titles  will be of benefit to  millions of readers over time . I am always glad to give a little direction to these authors and entrepreneurs. (more…)

Work and Play

Friday, June 21st, 2013

In 1979 I wrote a book called Test Your Own Mental Health. In that book, I adopted a model created by a Harvard work and playUniversity professor and NASA psychologist that was a legitimate measure of mental health. The basic norm was the norm of adaptability. If you were adaptable to your environment you would survive.  And from a scientific perspective that was a good and useful measure for sound health. I especially liked that the measure of adaptability was culture free. Instead of stating that specific traits were signs of mental health and others were not, the measure was for traits that allowed adaptability to whatever culture and circumstances an individual was born into.

For our American culture the ability to enjoy both work and play seems a clear measure of adaptability. No one enjoys someone who only knows work and never makes time for leisure, family, culture, art, and the nobler pleasures of human existence. Equally worrisome are people who have no meaningful work. Work itself, if defined as the exchange of labor for money, may in and of itself not be necessary for a healthy life.  But if we define work as meaningful effort that helps others, then it seems quite clear that without work we are missing  a fundamental element in our pursuit of healthy living.

Older Americans are often relegated to retirement when they still have decades of energy and wisdom they could dedicate to work. Increasingly people with skills and energy (and who are actually in their prime work years) are becoming obsolete as industries change.  This forces valuable people to end their careers prematurely. The ability to adapt in this situation (either to stay working or to accept retirement) is crucial for both their mental and physical survival. (more…)

THE VALUES OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY, CREATIVITY, AND COURAGE IN CREATING AN ECO SUSTAINABLE CIVILIZATION

Monday, May 20th, 2013

I just participated in the World Cultural Forum on creating an ecological civilization so I am sharing a copy of my presentation. It was a great event attended by experts, heads of state, and scholars from twenty three countries on arguably the most important challenge facing humanity

We are living at the most critical moment in the history of human development. What we do over the next twenty to fifty years will determine if a sustainable world will be possible for our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. According to many scientists at this conference and throughout the world, the odds are against us and time is running out. I choose to remain optimistic and believe we shall not only overcome the challenges we face but have the opportunity to create a world of ever greater joy, beauty and comfort. (more…)