- Producer06/12/2016The Next GenerationOur four newest club speakers came together to deliver the best opening speech day I can remember during my past five year association with all Toastmasters clubs that I have been a member of. The theme of the meeting was The Next Generation and...
- Producer08/11/2016Journey Journal 02 | Great to be back with FamilyI took time apart from activities, work and toastmasters because of my ACL injury. This past month after my arthroscopic knee surgery, I took the time to develop, meditate and reflect on what is important in life. It is true, at our Sheridan...
Comments17/11/2016 #3 CityVP Manjit#2 Daniel, most plans do not come together because we make it so but because of how the DNA behind those plans flows.
Some plans are made by RED DNA- these people can be a little or a lot out-of-flow but yet find a way of making something, but the question I ask is, do I want to be a part of what it is they made?
Some plans are made by AMBER DNA - these don't know what flow is and they everyday people, making everyday plans, the question I ask is, do I want to drift in what they made?
Some plans are made by GREEN DNA - these are people who may not know what flow is, but they are fully in flow - they are passionate and alive, curious and alive - and the plans these people make - well who would not want to be a part of that making.
Bradley is one of those people with Green DNA, I have seen students whose DNA is an amber majority and at our club we have attracted very little that is red - where we have, those students have long since gone. There is great energy in the club right now, an energy that has finally attracting flow. Any of us can be get pulled into Amber and life circumstances can even move us into red - but there is green DNA rather that is transforming in the club right now - and this is a good moment that will define the coming months.
Just because our regular Toastmasters room contains red, amber and green tables does not make tables people. People are people and the people that now get attracted to our club, may more than likely be those with green DNA.16/11/2016 #2 Daniel Anupol#1 Thanks @CityVP Manjit for the feedback. I am learning alot from you in the way you write blogs and share stories. Thank you for continuing to inspire me to write. I truly appreciate it. I also admire how you are an intelligent observer - so intrigued about our new guests and bulding relationships with them like bradley, our guest last meeting.16/11/2016 #1 CityVP ManjitDon't know how I missed this @Daniel Anupol but better late than never. For sure great to see you back at the club and a great note about the networking meeting. I liked how you mixed in the relationship with the next generation of members, with your earlier experiences of the club with former executives, way back when you first came to the club. A good club has its processes in place, but a great club builds a history and then a legacy. These time stamps seem to feel in the moment know, but over the long haul, they build a footprint to the club as a timeline and a development journey. Loved that you are maintaining the ethos "We Are Family". Glad to have you back after your knee operation and love the enthusiasm !
- Producer23/10/2016The Modern StudentOne of the great things about interacting with modern campus life is seeing what has changed on the 21st Century campus and what remains same as it ever was, as I paraphrase "Talking Heads". What has fundamentally changed is the impact of...
Comments23/10/2016 #2 CityVP Manjit#1 Dear David, what I am personally interested in not the buzz but the buzz-saw.
When it comes to your piece on why beBee is good for bloggers https://www.bebee.com/content/901020/869499 View more#1 Dear David, what I am personally interested in not the buzz but the buzz-saw.
When it comes to your piece on why beBee is good for bloggers https://www.bebee.com/content/901020/869499 buzz maybe a term related to the sound of a bee, but it is also an established marketing term as in "buzz-marketing". So the doorway you open is a huge one because you are a trusted voice and that is the means of getting thought leaders see beBee as a productive space to engage their message, repurpose content and further enhance their brand.
The buzz-saw does not come from a message environment but the lesser traveled path of the reflective environment. As I wrote these thoughts today, they actually take into effect on Monday when I visit my college club, and as I enter the college, this buzz-saw is to remove perception and cut-away what distracts me, and yet focus on the insights I gain from grass-root practice.
One of things that students in the college find strange is when I tell them that I don't want to work with them, but I want to think with them. We can watch the video I linked at the end and think students naturally think this way, but there is far more group-think at work than they would ever care to admit, so the actual day-to-day reality of educational life remains no different in its politics, but still changed by the technological.
A good example is young students may use technology far more to do their homework but they still have the same old habits that mean they do all-nighters and leave stuff to the last minute, just like we did when we were young students. That is habit, it is not practice, here the buzz-saw (mindset) needs to be taken to the habit, in order to make the practice, practical. Close
- Producer17/09/2016Any Colour But DullThe act of engaging a process can be tedious but it is elevated by meaning, in effect there is a delayed gratification as the process is constructed, because one can envision the value that process then adds once it is in place. Even where the...
Comments18/09/2016 #9 Aurorasa SimaThe Dalai Lama shares some surprising things these days. Like when he said in 2015 that a potential female Dalai Lama would have to be good looking or else she would not be of much use. Great humor.
I agree. Happiness might be the most individual state of mind. There can never be a universal recipe for it nor can happiness be a constant state of mind.18/09/2016 #8 CityVP Manjit#7 Getting into one's happy place looks like this clip from the Fantastic Mr Fox https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNfQS9fLO5M or at least in 16 seconds it says a lot. Being happy is not shallow, it is fantastic, the Dalai Lama is mostly happy in public https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUEkDc_LfKQ
I am not going to argue against any human beings definition of happiness, the argument is neutered when the definer is actually not happy. Nor do I want to define what happiness is when I am happy lest I become conscious of it and lose happiness like a child can no longer blow amazing bubbles and gets unsatisfied enough to blow through soap rather than the joyful bubbles of happiness.
It dulls me to treat happiness as an idea, when it is a way of being, a state of spirit, a freeing of mind and a health of body.18/09/2016 #7 Aurorasa SimaSo much good stuff in this article. Repetition can be good for learning something and being stuck in an endless loop of repetition implies we have to learn. I oppose the idea that happiness is shallow per sé. Happyland might have a more accepting quality than Discussionland but it´s hard to get a ticket. I´m glad that we seem to agree that creativity and learning do not necessarily require confrontation. You describe that leaving your comfort zone is good for learning while being constantly out of it creates confusion.
That´s a dull free post (:18/09/2016 #5 CityVP ManjitIntuitively we can develop a good feel for our minds, bearing in mind also that in the expert community, boredom is still largely a mystery to them http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-science-of-boredom/ which also applies to medical understanding of depression http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepak-chopra/depression-causes_b_2567338.html and this being so, I take even more stock in the Delphi Maxim in the times of Socrates i.e. "know thyself" http://www.arkintime.com/know-thyself/socrates/ cc @Fatima Williams - @Franci Eugenia Hoffman - @Aurorasa Sima17/09/2016 #2 Franci Eugenia HoffmanI believe that boredom can be a way to regroup. If we're bored with what we do, perhaps this could be a sign that it's time to stir up our creativity. This statement is thought-provoking: "Laziness and procrastination are attitudes that should not be condemned, because they are only indicators that we have not addressed that which disengages us. So much so that doing nothing seems like the best escape, even though we actually know that when we are excited, we have enough self-motivating capability to do incredible things.", yet it makes sense. Boredom is like the repetitive tick tock of a clock and then the clock chimes alerting our senses - like a wake-up call.
I like Fatima's comment "The truth is we always know the solution to a problem but fail to acknowledge it."
Many good points made in this buzz.17/09/2016 #1 Fatima WilliamsSo many great points that are so true and thought provoking! Thank you @CityVP Manjit
The best way get away from dullness for me a book in my hand and a hot cup of coffee or just a walk in the park looking at the various activities of different people and so on ! And nowadays I just come on beBee and read such unforgettable buzzes that add on to my imagination and reveal truth that is known but not realised.
The truth is we always know the solution to a problem but fail to acknowledge it.
My key takeways :-
* The greatest value to avoiding the descent into forgettable days and experiences is the exposure of the new !
* Boredom is a serious challenge for all of us and it is sameness which switches us off. So much so that doing nothing seems like the best escape, even though we actually know that when we are excited, we have enough self-motivating capability to do incredible things.
* Doing something that is not expected or creating a more lively space has greater value and this value does require extra work
- Producer14/09/2016Big Vision Needs Bigger GroundThe big announcement at our college came in this summer with the announcement of the departure of our College President at the end of the year. The long-term vision of this leader was to move the college to university status. In everything he was...
Comments16/09/2016 #7 Fatima WilliamsSo true my heart goes out to Aaron such a brilliant mind targeted and forced to live a short life. Our lives have become a movie directed by those who want to control us and sometimes we end up being mere puppets. An untold melancholy remains in my heart as I think more about this Aaron's story made me feel so insecure about what can happen to one who is much lesser in thought and actions than him.15/09/2016 #6 CityVP Manjit#4 It is a complicated matter no matter which angle one looks from, all sides that fight a greater power and subject to new awful strains and limitations https://www.bebee.com/producer/@cityvp/the-tragedy-of-aaron Whether it is research scientist side or people trying to transform the law to meet the demands of the knowledge age - there are still people who hold rather big sticks - no matter how much I might say the word renaissance, first comes the darkness before the light. I must also remind myself that we entered the dark ages with the arrival of the machine and mechanization of mankind and yet we are now counting on the machine to get us to a new golden age of humanity. In this time, that we can end up feeling powerless is a reminder of darkness.15/09/2016 #5 CityVP Manjit#3 The question for me is how many executives get to see from vision to initiation to fruition. Just the projection that an executive will have achieved their vision is enough to justify someone enticing the idea that the grass is actually greener their side. When it comes to executive comp more often it is - and alternatively what is the price today of not having a vision and leaving an organization worse off? Ironically it can be a golden handshake that is big despite failing.
So whether one has a vision that one did not see out or no vision at all and failed, the laws of executive compensation do not meet criteria that the rest of us are judged by, but exist in the field of short-term projection. Some call this short-termitis http://coylefinancial.com/Websites/coyleasset/images/TheObserverOct11DigitalEdition.pdf
Should we get enamored by leadership because these days it pays well, or because our values and the meaning we apply to leadership make us more apt to stick around, despite the frequency of jumping ship? We have a mentality in society which actually is beginning to question why we remain with any one given company for more than a couple of years. The idea is propagated that new people entering the workforce may have to prepare to engage 15 to 20 jobs instead of one job for life.
Those new people entering the workforce at the age of 16 are the first of the children born in the 21st Century. A Canadian swimmer became the first person born this century to win a gold at the Olympics, the first 21st Century soccer professionals are about to enter that sport. Will these young people question the assumptions that they have been born to? I think they will.15/09/2016 #4 Gerald Hecht@CityVP Manjit something sad is happening --much worse than sad unless it's true that ignorance is bliss...the first step down into a "age of darkness", is usually a (to most) subtle shift in the mission of "the academy"; a shift, which, on the surface seems eminently pragmatic https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gerald-hecht/on-tenure-the-birth-of-scientific-psychology-and-its-impending-doom-death-by-intellectual-property-litigation-1647415/09/2016 #3 Fatima WilliamsEverything you says comes from years of experience and understanding of the various roles you have been in. "Why should I choose loyalty when the real high flyer is already racing to their next opportunity." This is the mindset of the present I dont know if I should say this generation as the example you just put forward states that it is happening across all ! It's a very worthy question and many times many ships as left to challenges as the captain leaves. In my experience after my boss left I left and few others left and then the entire project got shut down. Some moved on to better opportunities some did not ! It all boils down to one simple question " What happens in simply moving on ?
- Producer12/08/2016TrollmasterThe value in joining a community toastmasters club is the experience either led by those who take the club seriously and become sergeant majors of process and this group of people regiment around the basis of excellence or it is led by people who...
- Producer10/08/2016Commitment to MembershipThere is no global body of college toastmasters yet since college toastmasters are a fairly new entity in the 90+ years Toastmasters International have been in existence and there is no guarantee that a new club started in any particular campus will...
- Producer04/08/2016The Other CharterA College Toastmasters club when organized through a student union requires a student club charter to be a recognized club in the college, and a Toastmasters International charter to be members of and deliver the Toastmasters educational program. ...
- Producer15/07/2016The Greater EcologyIt is time I paid greater attention to college toastmasters again because in a buzz by Sara Jacobovici it reminded me of desire to recognize the greater ecology of each system that I am either a member or a part of. At the college level this means...
- Producer18/06/2016The Young to the YoungOne of the pleasant surprises I have got from joining our specific club is that I am now genuinely learning from millennials who are not trying to be millennials. I simply come from a generation that seems to love having labels for things and right...
Comments29/06/2016 #6 CityVP Manjit#3 Dear Margaret, it was a great honour for me to pay respects to Daniel @Daniel Anupol's grandmother. Like me his family benefited from having a strong matriarchal figure, and as I paid my respect to her, he face was chiseled with wisdom and experience, it is the kind of memory I took away from this funeral that is a core foundation that Daniel's family enjoys today. On Friday, Flynn takes over the Club Presidency and she is just as phenomenal as Daniel is, but for now this is a great moment to reflect again the presence and grace that I saw in the face of Daniel's grandmother R.I.P. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@cityvp-manjit/the-president-s-grandmother29/06/2016 #4 Gert Scholtz@CityVP Manjit A deep thinking post as the man you are. This resonates: They are us when we were their age, but there is an interesting aspect about an oldie's brain - we tend to spin new meanings to the memories of our own youth, until they are not an actual representation of when we were young, but now a representation of our own maturity assessing that memory. Thank you CityVP18/06/2016 #2 CityVP Manjit#1 We are family. Daniel, as President of our club this year you have been exemplary of this. Sometimes we try to write what it is we appreciate, but there are no words, the first time as leader of Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters, you Daniel said "We are Family" - because it was spoken from your heart and not as a quote or a line from a post - and it is in that real time where appreciation exists and where authenticity exists. It is online when where we attach the names of philosophers or ideologues. It matters not one iota to me what Descartes meant by the word "authenticity". For us the living we must focus on the living with us, unless we think our world is better occupied by a particular dead philosopher. Ruben Burga is the founder of our club and you will soon be one of our Past-Presidents - it is in the here and now where appreciation and authenticity exists for me, and especially in our club context, the very meaning of "We are Family". "The Young to the Young" here, is very much dedicated to you, because the source for this inspiration was observing in your being that young to the young. Such an awesome quality is worth my appreciation and the best appreciation is in the beauty of observation.18/06/2016 #1 Daniel AnupolI enjoyed reading this blog post alot @CityVP Manjit! I had alot of experience dealing with older adults when I used to take Nursing at Centennial College and having my grandma live with mem Everyone has their own story to share and I am blessed to have them apart of my life. My Goal is for College Toastmasters is for everyone to embrace, "We Are Family". An environment where everyone supports & cares about one another as they continue to flourish as speakers/ leaders - inside and outside of College Toastmasters. So that the few memories we share, no matter how long we are together or how far apart, it will be a token of appreciation forever.
- Producer11/06/2016Don't Let Me Be MisunderstoodI am going to take a leaf out of Josean Arranz Linares way, which is to focus on just one song and also inspired by Mamen Delgado's recent concert visit to watch Elvis Costello in Madrid. If we want to appreciate Elvis Costello's music go to Mamen's...
Comments13/06/2016 #4 Anees Zaidi@CityVP Manjit your thoughts are amazing and your words touch the right cord. @Ali Anani don't get surprised. Before reaching the comments segment and reading your comment I got hooked up with "One might ask how............as a student I am one of many" :)) CityVP Manjit has a huge treasure of such rare gems.11/06/2016 #2 CityVP Manjit#1 Dear Ali Anani I am the liver to your heart, one organ does not keep a body alive, it is the relationship which makes the life. A human being can be brain dead but still have a heart and liver operating - it is that totality that becomes the me and then that totality is not two in one, it as my mother told me when I was much younger 1+1=11 and from that I extrapolate her words much further than she ever envisaged i.e. 1+1+1=111 and 1+1+1+1=1111 and 1+1+1+1+1=11111 and 6 of them is 111111 but at 7, now that is more a million combinations than any of us even know what to do with. In all those 1's is still 1. I also like the idea of trinity, power of 3 in 1.11/06/2016 #1 Ali Anani"One might ask how the perspective of the learner and student be different. The difference is scale, as a learner there is one of me, but as a student I am one of many" This is my extracted gem from your buzz @CityVP Manjit View more"One might ask how the perspective of the learner and student be different. The difference is scale, as a learner there is one of me, but as a student I am one of many" This is my extracted gem from your buzz @CityVP Manjit. I wonder how do you phrase such wonderful gems. All I know for now is that your soul and mine are two in one. Close
- Producer06/06/2016Running Evaluation Training at the Toastmasters ClubThis past Saturday, Our Toastmasters club new Executive team has attended the District 86 officer training. I myself had the great opportunity to meet the top influencers in our district. This included Jane Harnadek & David T. Shaw from...
- Producer06/06/2016WaterThis is the second time it has happened that I clicked on "More" to open up my response at Anees Zaidi posting called "Dried Hopes" only to see that I had hit "Remove". Instead of retyping it from the screenshot I maintain as my offline learning...
Comments07/06/2016 #8 Anees Zaidi@CityVP Manjit I read this post one day ago and reflected my thoughts in my post - https://www.bebee.com/producer/@anees-zaidi/i-have-preserved-my-food-did-you
I am thankful to you for making me and my earlier post - 'Looking Inward at our Dried Hopes' - a part of your fabulous writing. This gave me an opportunity to take a deep dive inside my 'inner self' and see the 'truth' residing inside me. To my horror I found it too 'adulterated' and 'conditioned'. Too much work to do to 'cleanse' it in an unknown time that is left. Thanks for sharing Krishnamurti video and talks on August 3, 1929. Looking around I see the veracity in his statement - "A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others". I see it happening around at many places in the world.06/06/2016 #4 CityVP Manjit#3 greeting from @Sara Jacobovici : Thank you Sara, though I am perplexed at @Ali Anani and his goodbye post, it came right out of left field. Here is another irony I decided to write my physical intelligence log for 6 June at LinkedIn just now because I have no time to fit it into tomorrow. As I was writing at LinkedIn I noticed that it this was Log #66 and I noticed the date, especially now that we are past the midnight hour and the day now is 6-6-2016 here in my region of Canada. That many 6's is a strange synchronicity - like you I am deeply enriched by Ali Anani's presence and it does feel quite jarring to see this totally unpredictable exit. I am not a superstitious soul, only in appreciation of Jung's view of synchronicity, and in that context, I accept Ali Anani's decision because he is a fine man who has deposited a colossal body of work online.06/06/2016 #1 Chas Wyatt"There brews He beautiful water! And beautiful it always is! You see it glistening in the dewdrop; you hear it singing in the summer rain; you see it sparkling in the ice gem when the trees seem loaded with rich jewels!... dancing in the hailstorm, leaping, foaming, dashing...! See how it weaves a golden gauze for the setting sun, and a silvery tissue for the midnight moon!" ~John Bartholomew Gough, English-born U.S. temperance orator (1817–1886).
- 06/06/2016Packing Luggage, but not Memories
I wrote my first buzz to beBee on April 26, 2016. I have written during my less than two months association more than forty five buzzes.
It has been a wonderful experience. However, a comment that I received on my before last buzz made me stop and smell the flowers. The comment made me feel I am a flower whose nectar has almost depleted.
I have met great people here and it has been a rewarding experience. In fact too wonderful to even think of packing my memories. They shall stay here. I am only packing my luggage and pen
I wish beBee the success it truly deserves.
Goodbye my friends
Comments07/06/2016 #18 CityVP ManjitOne needs to read Tim Barghouthi's account written in 2003 called "The power and beauty of Al-Mutanabbi" to even begin to comprehend what Ali Anani has given in his response http://tamimbarghouti.net/index.php/the-daily-start-lebanon/158-the-power-and-beauty-of-al-mutanabbi View moreOne needs to read Tim Barghouthi's account written in 2003 called "The power and beauty of Al-Mutanabbi" to even begin to comprehend what Ali Anani has given in his response http://tamimbarghouti.net/index.php/the-daily-start-lebanon/158-the-power-and-beauty-of-al-mutanabbi . The emanation which is the poem, must always be related to the source which is the poet - and a poem can take us into the universe but the poet brings us back to the core. What stunned me totally is the illustration of "goodbye" - but that is the poetry. We must now get back to the source and see the poet. @Ali Anani has not said that he has left beBEE. Quite on the contrary he has said that he is observing. I initially reacted to the poem but now I am observing the poet. Over time we either move towards the darkness of fear or the light of love - and the hardest path is towards the light of love - any poem only gets us to to light, it is the source we do not understand, as Corinthians describes love https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13:4-8 - Open mind, Open Heart. Close06/06/2016 #15 Ali Ananiيَا مَـنْ يَعِـزّ عَلَيْنَـا أنْ نُفَارِقَهُـمْ
وَجدانُنا كُلَّ شـيءٍ بَعدَكـمْ عَـدَمُ
The lyrics above are by Mutanabi, the greatest ever Arab poet. Even though he passed away more than one thousand years ago his poetry is still a jar of honey that hasn't spoiled. No matter how many times you open the jar each time you shall discover new meanings for life. His life story that made him a genius poet is full of contradictions and is worthy of elaborating upon.
Translating poetry deprives the poem from most of its meanings and musical flow. However; what he is saying may translate crudely to: for those people whom we find it hard to say goodbye to our comprehension and consciousness become devoid of meaning without you.
With these words I say to you all my friends: I feel the same without you.06/06/2016 #14 NO oneWell I don't share Debasish's point of view and I think you really should consider the good comments and yes, the tough feedback but not to make you pack your bags, but to get better. I try to be thankful for this comments that make me review the past deeds. Anyway, I hope you re-consider @Ali Anani there's tons of much more bees that value your content than the ones that don't (also, this bee didn't even reply so... you know, see all the love below this comment)06/06/2016 #13 Lisa Gallagher@Ali Anani it's not up to me to tell you not to leave but I will 'leave' you with my thoughts. You have added so much insight to my life. You are a beacon of light my friend. You share deep and profound messages, this can drain a person when sharing very deep thoughts. Maybe you just need a break with a fresh new beginning which we all get with each new Sunrise. If you go, I will miss you and if you are just taking a break, I will look forward to your return.06/06/2016 #12 Phil FriedmanAli, with all due respect -- which in this case is very high -- you owe it to your readers and followers to toughen up, reconsider, and continuing writing and publishing here. For this is not the first time you have retired from the public forum. If memory serves it was twice on LinkedIn. I do not know if the circumstances here are similar, indeed, I do not know the circumstances here at all. But I do not need to know. What I know is that your writing and thought are consistently worthy, even when I might disagree at a philosophical level. And it is batting averages that count, not a strike out once in a while. For those who never strike out, are those who never play the game. You haven't yet let your "team mates" down, but you will if you leave the game. Whatever you ultimately decide, my best wishes to you in all you venture to do. Fair winds and safe harbors.06/06/2016 #11 Sara JacoboviciI just read your last Buzz @Ali Anani and see it was posted 1 hour before this update. I am copying my comment because there may be a non-linear timing to this. "I am honored to be mentioned in your work Ali Anani. Your flow of ideas and insights are like the waters described in CityVP Manjit's Buzz dedicated to you. Your last statement is a powerful Call to Action, "We need questioning minds that are ready to find creative applications." I commit myself to your call.""06/06/2016 #10 Sara Jacobovici@Ali Anani, I have too much respect for you to "analyse" your decision or what led you to this decision. Who you are and what you choose is a private matter. My public experience of you has been tremendous and I would not (selfishly) want to lose it. I would just add my voice and say thank you, not goodbye.06/06/2016 #8 Dean Owen@Ali Anani, I have been trying to retrace the steps that led you to this (hopefully temporary) decision. You are an essential part of this community and this move comes at a time when I feel many of us are just getting to know you. The rains will come, and the sun will shine, and nectar will flow again for sure. Please reconsider, if only to take a break for a short while to recompose (or rehydrate) your thoughts.06/06/2016 #7 Brian McKenzie@Ali Anani I have found again and again that nay sayers are projecting their fear, insecurity, lack of confidence and endurance. When they say NO, it is because they can't see the success for themselves. When they ignore you, it is because they do not have their own conviction to engage your vision - you frighten them. When they belittle you, they have lost, because all they have left is slander, libel, and reactionary play ground epithets. I have stood in combat, I have helped topple nations; I will not wilt nor shirk from words. Block, Move, Delete - Let nobody say the game is over for your style and passion; there is no experation date on wisdom and experience. Remember a bee has a stinger for a reason - making honey is not all we can do.06/06/2016 #6 Franci Eugenia HoffmanIf you will take the time to review those brilliant statements below that you so graciously bestowed upon your readers, you will realize your contributions are more than worthy. I certainly don't see any depletion of nectar. You're a flower that is just getting started. I recall a post by our good friend @Sara Jacobovici titled Bee Yourself and you dear @Ali Anani should do just that. I never liked goodbyes and I sincerely hope you will continue your journey by decorating our hearts with your honesty and willingness to share your knowledge. I seek out your posts as I cruise through my beBee feed. You know, we can all learn something from the late Muhammad Ali and that is "Float like a butterfly sting like a bee". We can not only live with our differences; in fact we may creatively turn those differences into co-existence with what I call nature-based persuasion. Loudly I say: differences are welcome.
It is the metamorphosis of ideas that shall make beBee a highly differentiated platform
We can not only live with our differences; in fact we may creatively turn those differences into co-existence with what I call nature-based persuasion. Loudly I say: differences are welcome.
It is better to be the first in a village than second in a city. beBee allows for the pollination of ideas in spite of it having less members than competing platforms. The real growth is not in absolute numbers, but to what degree the members allow ideas to develop. For that, I am satisfied and the more we develop each others' ideas, the closer I shall get to my goal.06/06/2016 #5 Chas WyattI have enjoyed your buzzes immensely and am saddened that you have chosen to depart. Utimately, the decision is yours, and yours alone to make. I have not enjoyed every comment that has been made on something I have posted, but, realize that there is a diverse perspective on topics and we aren't always going to see bee to bee. I hope you sample many different fragrances and taste the nectar from many different flowers, whatever your decision may be.06/06/2016 #2 William Rakow@Ali Anani Don't pack your Bags over 1 comment here. I had Manny in my life time I did not give up I fought harder and harder till I found myself where in life I wanted to be. Don't think of yourself as a has been flower but a great writer who producer's great honey flowing out of your pen.06/06/2016 #1 CityVP ManjitFlowers do not fly with a mind of their own but you do. The flowers that do fly only drift in the air. The flowers that do have a mind are not planted in one place. I do not know how to turn your bye into a bee, or how to even put into words how much I have grown in mind, as mind appreciates mind. You are not nectar my friend, you are ambrosia. You are not Icarus, for you always had your own wings, and I appreciate how high it is you can fly. Thus it is a shock that this is a bye.
- Producer06/06/2016Core ChemistryWe have inherited simple narratives reinforced with the clarity of hierarchy. The simplest narrative is lines as per an organizational chart. The most obvious alternative is to operate with a circle as per organizational chart. The smart...
- ProducerDilute and EmergeThe element of learning is no different to mixing paint on a pallet, the question is whether we are learning paint or if we have grown in our learning and moved somewhat closer to a master painter. Even if we reach the level of a master painter,...
Comments10/06/2016 #10 Fatima WilliamsA beautiful, inspiring message ! I really love the way you explain such a powerful message in such a simple way that allows it to settle down on the mind and will bear fruit.Learning transforms into wisdom when the mind joins them all and I'm grateful to have read this buzz. Thank you @CityVP Manjit06/06/2016 #9 Praveen Raj GullepalliOne is a painting that we paint to learn. There's another we paint to share that learning (unlearn).We spend on the one. We earn on the other. And there's a painting that is but a translation of what we see (inspired by the Without). And there's another that is a creation of what we feel (inspired by the Within).
Ultimately, it is the painting that creates the Artist/Painter.06/06/2016 #8 Lisa GallagherVery moving and inspiring @CityVP Manjit. One of my favorite lines you wrote, "The paint is not the painter, it is the learning and as a painter paints he learns - and most of all the painter learns to see - " The more we learn without an ego, the more we can see with an open mind. We can't change others but we can always work on changing ourselves.05/06/2016 #5 CityVP Manjit#3 thought of Anees Zaidi. Dear Anees when you talk about how a child paints his own painting, it fondly reminds me of a clip from one of my favourite movies "Six Degree's of Separation" where Donald Sutherland thinks about the 2nd Grade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTsogrD5o3w As the film progresses we see another side of Sutherland's character as an appreciator of painting in relation to the authenticity of his wife. When I paint my thoughts I don't want to engage powerful writing, I want to think humble thoughts that are expressed in powerful ways. The power is in the brush not the paint. When you look at your own paragraph which is comment 3, you can study that paragraph and ask yourself what it is that you are not seeing. In that awakening is also learning because you now touch the nature of paint - and you looking at your words as Seurat pixels http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/seeing-between-the-pixels - over time once you stand back, it will humble you to the extent of your canvas - and the pixels are no longer dots, but something far bigger - at which point learning transforms into wisdom. I try not to transform wisdom for it is best applied as practical wisdom [Phronesis].05/06/2016 #3 Anees ZaidiDear @CityVP Manjit if I recall right this is the first time I am commenting upon your rich and powerful writings. So far I remained a curious observer from a distance. However, this post has drawn me closer to your work. There are very few gifted one who paint their own painting. They are the privileged one. Majority is the category who always move their brush to paint others' paintings. Interestingly, a child always paints his/her own painting :)) The reason being his/her mind still unadulterated by the surrounding environment.05/06/2016 #2 Sara JacoboviciBeautiful piece @CityVP Manjit. We are definitely a work in progress. I am process versus product oriented. I appreciate your concluding line, "The moment I set about trying to change another person, I have lost my painting." I have also found a title for a future piece (which will include the source); "...thinking through a mind painting..."
- George Foreman just gave one of the most classiest and most poignant tribute to Muhammad Ali - it says everything I feel a true tribute should be, from someone who knew him man to man and who himself has led a fascinating life.George Foreman on Muhammad Ali: he was truly beautiful – audiowww.theguardian.com George Foreman gives a personal and touching tribute to one his greatest opponents and closest friends, Muhammad...
- ProducerParadigm Shift WalkerThis posting is dedicated to our club President elect Flynn. She was at Toastmasters training together with other club executives including our erstwhile current President Daniel. As we were watching the keynote speaker she said in our conversation...
- Producer04/06/2016The One Thing To Show That Reluctant investorAn Ambassador?!? Why, thank you, dearest!But your kind invitation I must decline.What if I end up in a conflict of interestOver whose brand to peddle, yours or mine?I've thought about it, for it's no small matter.You're a lean, mean machine, so...
Comments05/06/2016 #37 Maja Vujovic#31 Thank you, @Laurent BOSCHERINI, for reading and commenting. I too am most impressed with beBee, its management and the team. So much so that I have devised, proposed and argued for what - from my professional experience - would be a fitting slogan. Still, to each his own. In beBee's parlance, I'm a solitary bee (fact: most bees in nature don't live in colonies). Besides here, I write separately on Medium, LinkedIn and Facebook, meaning I observe their respective "flavours" and rarely cross-publish. For me, as @Milos Djukic says, balance is essential. I've also authored and executed enough communication strategies to know inherent pitfalls of each approach. I thought it couldn't hurt if I pointed at some, in a tongue-in-cheek way. I'm glad @Javier beBee gets it the way I meant it. Cheers!05/06/2016 #33 Anonymous@Javier beBee, Your vision is unique and most valid. You, your team and @John White, MBA have my full support. This network has a real chance to become something really spectacular in the world of social media. I still think that institutionalized support should be more defined. “Dance with the one that brung ya”. This rather poor grammar rule, also applies in the case of social leadership and even on social media. Luckily, much more here than anywhere else. A harmonious blend of corporate and personal success and prosperity of any kind, including profit and success share is an unfulfilled dream in the world of social media. This is certainly not a influencer marketing model, in a way that is used today in other social media and networks. You’ve almost mastered that!05/06/2016 #31 AnonymousThank you @Maja Vujovic for your insightful post. All parties have free choice to be or not, that enlightens the excellent beBee.com' strategy followed as a pragmatic test to feel the sensitivity of business targeted a year ago. For myself, with the generosity and insightful commitments of @John White, MBA, at the initial stage, and now with all staff members and Bebee's founders, I am happy to be here05/06/2016 #27 Maja Vujovic#25 Thank you, @Javier beBee. I hope you'll take a minute to review the real offering, hidden at the end of my post I linked to. It has received supportive votes from other bees in comments there, but of course it primarily needs yours. It would really seal the deal, I feel.05/06/2016 #26 CityVP Manjit#25 view from Javier. The sharing in future success idea has been around for more than 10 years. An example of it was Squidoo that was in part an business venture of Seth Godin, later it was acquired by Hub Pages. These are examples of sites that though incentivizing content creators was the key to the future. Do I really see people here thinking "beBEE, wow! the next evolution of Hub Pages". No I don't. What is important for a founder is to remain true to what inspired the founders - just as I love the founders Bill & Dave who created this idea called HP. I did work at HP thinking I had the job of my dreams by being in Bill & Dave's company but I was wrong - I saw them systematically eradicate people who saw things that way. Today Bill & Dave still fit into my own learning journey included in Spectraneuron http://learnersjourney.weebly.com/uploads/3/7/6/2/37628583/spectraneuron.png Either beBEE will have a legacy called J&J like HP has a legacy called Bill & Dave - or it will be Squidoo.05/06/2016 #23 CityVP Manjit#18 compliment from Dean. Dear Dean, for me this is like taking a bath, we all get dirty and we all need a refreshing shower. If we have not taken a bath for sometime then we need a massive scrubdown. Just because we have mechanisms which return us to our purity does not mean we are pure. It would be easy for @Javier beBee or @Juan Imaz to think of this as a critisism of a beBee strategy, but that does not mean that this strategy is wrong, but I won't go shoot down LinkedIn and take money from these guys, that's not my kind of jive, it turns love into a lust payment. When we feel mentally icky it is our values that are exposed, not shared values. When the Internet started if someone said to me that it would be better for the internet if I shared in its equity, it does not make a better internet. I would ask myself, but wait are you not asking others for money so you can expand on the Internet - if I really love what you are doing you don't need to pay me and nor did Tim Berners-Lee who masterminded the Internet with his protocol http://thebea.st/1RLtFd8 Thanks for this shower, I feel fresh, inspired and loving this thing called beBee. So I be.
- Producer03/06/2016VETUSTA MORLACOPENHAGUE - (UN DIA EN EL MUNDO/2008) El corría, nunca le enseñaron a andar,se fue tras luces pálidas.Ella huía de espejismos y horas de más.Aeropuertos, unos vienen, otros se van,igual que Alicia sin ciudad.El valor para marcharse, el miedo a...
Comments09/06/2016 #8 Mamen Delgado#7 Jajajajaja!! Por eso te decía que según qué tipo de música. Tanto los Red Hot como The Cure son más apropiados para el Palacio que Vetusta Morla. El verano pasado vi allí a Lenny Kravitz y fue una pasada!!!! También influye mucho si estás en pista o en las gradas, en pista vives el concierto más desde dentro.09/06/2016 #5 Mamen Delgado#4 Qué guay @Chema M. del Hoyo!! El Mad Cool es muy cool... 😉 Yo les he visto en cuatro ocasiones y quizá la que menos me ha gustado fue la última, en noviembre pasado en el Palacio de Deportes (no me gusta ese nombre tan comercial que le han puesto ahora...). Pero porque el Palacio me parece un poco "frío" para según qué tipo de música.04/06/2016 #2 CityVP ManjitI don't know what planet I just dropped into but I just tuned into Vetusta Morla and just on a musical score they are dynamic. Then I dipped in a little more and I tried out a song that has english subtitles - actually even before half of the song had completed I did not need to read the subs, the music was overpowering and the song was called Brave https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqRJSKhWk8Q - and furthermore I should be sleeping now, the time here in Canada being 2:15am, but I still have that sound blasting through my headphones as I type this - and it does not matter if the only word I can understand is "Valiente", I have learned to tonight that great music is universal - beyond language. The best part of all I feel like tonight I am erasing borders. For sure this song won't make me anymore brave than I am - but I know tonight I just listened to something good. Cool!
- Looking forward to meeting up with our current Club President Daniel at tomorrows training event, along with members of the newly elected executive of the club, which Daniel will continue to serve as the next VP of Membership.Daniel AnupolDaniel Anupol Sharing insight on College Toastmasters, Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters Club, Sports and Fitness & Marketing." "A student of the
- Venky is about to set shop on beBee, look forward to my good friend sharing his great mind here on this platform. We go back a long time, long enough to be responding on his blog at http://www.venkinesis.in/Venkataraman RamachandranVenkataraman Ramachandran
Comments04/06/2016 #2 CityVP Manjit#1 Dear Lisa, apart from the fact that he hates corporate BS, when he writes when he puts aside that natural angst, he is even richer, and his buzzes will be here pretty soon, so we won't have to wait, I look forward to seeing him here. We met under unusual circumstances. I was writing under the pseudonym at the start of the century as Mark Zorro http://g2know.blogspot.ca/2006/03/mark-zorro.html and his professor asked his class to unmask me - the professor in Pune, India at the time wanted his students to freely express themselves and thought I was a good role model, but first he set his class on a mission to be the one's who can uncover my identity. Venky was and is still one of his brightest students and if I may say so his finest protege. All I know was suddenly there was all these people from India inquiring into who I was. Now we are very good friends today.
- As Muhammad Ali is in serious and grave condition in a Phoenix area hospital. There is a 1964 video of Ali which is under his original name Cassius Clay, in it Ali already shows his vision, that he was far more than a boxer but a person who knew he was changing the sport. That pioneering mind is evident in the interview. He did far more than put boxing on the map, he is a brilliant mind who also stood his ground as a fierce spirit and defied the nay-sayers by outsmarting Foreman, a boxer everyone feared and now his family pray and hope that in this battle today, he will pull through and not his last in this world.Cassius Clay - Rare (1964)
- 03/06/2016Have you ever had one of those William Wallace Days? Thankfully very few people actually do.Braveheart: Betrayal of Robert the Bruce William Wallace is betrayed by Robert the...
- Producer03/06/2016BEE FORGIVENESSForgiveness is considered by many the redemption of a burden: the one that someone carries when he has been betrayed by a significant Other, or when he has been cheated, mistaken, or abandoned.Many times we choose forgiveness for social reasons,...
Comments04/06/2016 #8 Emilia M. Ludovino@Ken Boddie Thank you for your comment. I'm happy that you enjoyed so much my words :) I love your motto "Bee Forgiveness but Be Yourself" - Two major challenges because most of the people don't know how to be themselves (for a lot of reasons) also they don't fully understand the true meaning of forgiveness. As I said in the article 'Many times we choose forgiveness for social reasons, because "we have to". We wear the mask of "it's OK for me, as long as you are OK." But by acting like this, we skip the healthy process of "recovery" from our trauma. We pass all stages of our emotional reactions that we are allowed to have and we never express our anger, but we prefer to lock it somewhere deep inside us. Have a wonderful weekend.04/06/2016 #6 Ken BoddieThank you for your illuminating post @Emilia M. Ludovino. I love your hot charcoal example. Perhaps we should expand your 'motto' to "Bee Forgiveness but Bee Yourself"? After all we are not born haters and revenge seekers and have these emotions thrust upon us. But it is our choice not to follow through with actions that will embitter us. I also love your example of burglary to.advise it is good not to forget.03/06/2016 #5 CityVP ManjitThis is great. Since I have been here I can relate to taking on the metaphor of the bee, but it is at the level of the virtuous culture of the bee or whether it is at the viscous culture of the bee, and the answer is obvious, it is a very simple matter to choose the virtuous cycle. As this buzz says no good can come from holding things within us and there are healthy ways of releasing that - otherwise we trigger a viscous cycle, and a series of these cycles can add up to the formation of terrible deep depression or other forms of illness expressing themselves as a symptom. Forgiveness as a virtuous cycle is important to understand. From there we take the most human values from bee culture philosophy and can safely begin to deal with and put aside the inhuman values. This is a journey and not fix, and in remembering the inhuman, the virtuous way allows us to recognize the human in our journey.03/06/2016 #2 Emilia M. Ludovino@Gert Scholtz Dank je well :)). Forgiveness is always about self-forgiveness - isn't it?. The decision of forgiveness has nothing to do with the Other, but with ourselves. :). But I understand what you mean. You've a deal, I'll pen down one article only about self-forgiveness, maybe not the next one. Self-Forgiveness goes hand-in-hand with self-compassion. Fjine weekend!
Campus Clubs~ 100 buzzes
To develop ideas about college toastmasters and also utilize my own personal participation with Sheridan College Toastmasters Club in Mississauga as a means to understand the nature of my own leadership and how I can contribute to that club, which in turn informs and develops views about campus clubs.