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August 4th, 2020

Mankind’s Better Angels

Even if you are a majority of one, the truth is the truth. Mahatma Gandhi.

Last week, as many of you know, John Lewis was buried after a powerful commemorative service and and a tearful, well-deserved hero’s send-off at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

His last act of heroism, shortly before his death, was to write an essay to the American nation and to thoughtful, caring people around the world, to be published upon the day of his funeral. It was printed on July 30, 2020 in the New York Times.

“Though I am gone,” he began, “I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.” If you are reading this, you’ll want to read the entire essay. You’ll get it. NYT Article: Together, You Can Redeem the Soul Of Our Nation.

We are living is a very difficult time, made dangerous by the COVID-19 virus, outrageous greed, violence, injustice social and economic inequality and the impending disruption of climate change. We’re just way, way over the top.

Solutions abound, answers Lewis contends, but only if each of us will stand up, to do our part and get into good trouble, determined to help right the wrongs and build a better world. We’ve done it before, he reminds us. And we can do it again.

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay connected.

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July 27th, 2020

John Lewis Good Trouble

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. Martin Luther King Jr.

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John Lewis, a prominent black activist, a 30 year member of the US Congress and an unwavering, courageous civil rights leader died last week at the age of 80. He will be buried at a private, family ceremony in the cemetery of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta Georgia on Thursday.

From his early 20’s, when he was seriously injured while on a protest march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with Martin Luther King, he never stopped fighting against the social inequality and racial injustice directed towards young black men and indeed, against all people of colour. He was continually in good trouble. There is a new documentary about John. (Click here to watch the trailer)

It could not have been an easy journey, I’m sure, but he continued to speak out. Just last June, accompanied by the mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bower, another brave soul, he walked a section of Pennsylvania Avenue emblazoned with huge yellow letters, a “powerful work of art” he exclaimed, that read Black Lives Matter. 

With his passing America has lost another of the country’s heroes. 

“If you see something, he used to say, “do something”. The huge yellow letters painted on the street was a sure sign directed to the White House that America is faltering.

America’s position as the leader of the free Western world was never called into question. Now not so much. At this time particularly, wracked by COVID-19 with 149,000 dead and increasing daily and millions of lives threatened by the looming economic upheaval, the country desperately needs a new generation of altruistic leaders, men and woman who are willing, when they see something, to do something.

To get into ‘Good Trouble’ and start putting the country back together again.

Fingers crossed…

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay connected.

 


 

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July 20th, 2020

You are either in or your out.

The roller coaster is my life; life is a fast, dizzying game; life is a parachute jump: it’s taking chances, falling over and getting up again; it’s mountaineering, it’s wanting to the very top of yourself and to feel angry and dissatisfied when you don’t manage. Paulo Coelho. 

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Along life’s path, at one time or another, we all face barriers, challenges and fears of one kind or another. Today, of course, Covid-19 has brought everything to halt, forced each of us to examine our lives and how we are living each day.

Many of are looking for new ways to improve their current situation and step up their performance. Others, unhappy with their current prospects, find themselves forced into transition, searching for another path forward.

Change is the new currency.  

We’re in an era where the winners are coming from the ranks of those willing to creatively step out in front of the crowd, even when the odds seem daunting.

To continue to grow your current business or start out in a different direction, in the Covid-19 pandemic, you’ve got to be open to change and be absolutely clear about who you are what you’re all about.

But whatever is next, as you continue to press forward, if you’re up for it, the future is there for the taking.

In times like this, there is no middle ground.

You are either in or you are out.

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay connected.


NEWS! 
My new book Dare To Be YouFive Bold Steps to Power Up Your Life, is successfully launched and and I’m now a best selling Amazon author. If personal transformation is on your agenda, I encourage you to read the introduction.dare-to-be-you-amazon-2

If that is resonating, pick up a copy of the Dare To Be You eBook. It is packed with many helpful hints to help you find your path in this new world we’re all living in now. Order here.  Or to purchase a personally signed copy of the Soft Cover Edition, or order bulk quantities for your team members, business associates or even family and friends, email info@drewsimmie.com for information.

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July 13th, 2020

Live in the Present Moment

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside awakes. Carl Jung.

One of the most important things the Covid-19 has tsunami taught us, if nothing else, is how precious our time is. The past is behind us. It is made up of the stories and events other people have learned and experienced. Not yours. And the future hasn’t happened yet, so don’t spend your time worrying about it. It will be what it will be.

There is only the present. That’s where the action lies.

Living in the present moment is an attitude. It is all about being mindful, something you can learn. Mindfulness, learning to live in the present takes courage, time, discipline and self-esteem.

It’s a process that takes longer to do than simply reading this. There are courses you can take, books you can read and groups you can join. But for starters, here are five things you can do now.

  1. Wrestle your to do list to the ground. Be ruthlessly honest. Remember, there are only 168 hours in a week and after you subtract time for eating, sleeping and doing all the daily required tasks, there really aren’t that many hours left. Do what’s important first.
  2. Learn to say say “no.” If someone asks for your a piece of your time, check your calendar before you commit. Arrange a mutually convenient time to get together. Mutually is the operative word.
  3. Stop being a slave to the Internet and social media. It can be a terrible time waster.
  4. In your person-to-person relationships, increase your awareness of how you interact and respond to others. Practice being aware. Be attentive. Listen. Develop more patience.
  5. Concentrate more on today and not so much on the future. If you are doing the right things today, the future will look after itself.

The here and now is all you have, but if you play your cards right, it’s all you really need!

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July 6th, 2020

Be clear. Do right.

We must use the time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Martin Luther King Jr.

If ever there was a time to be clear about your life and what you’re doing, the time is now. Covid-19 has seen to that. And it’s just getting started. There is no time for equivocation. Living isn’t easy….. it takes courage, hope for the future and unending faith in yourself.

  1. Be clear about what you want.
  2. Be clear about why you want to do it.
  3. Be clear about who you are.
  4. Be clear about what’s making you hesitate.
  5. Be clear about the value you bring.

It is, indeed, time to do right.

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