Practice 22…

Today, at the end of practice 22, we turned to the legacy essential and read some words from a few folks who clearly had a big dream. This team had been sharing opus with each other for the better part of three hours and clarity is coming. Today this team experienced lots of vulnerability from trusted teammates that have come a long way since practice one. Very inspiring, at least to me.

We ended with a word from Techumseh who lived his big dream and died singing his song. We are all gonna die, but it’s only a few who die singing. There is such a thing as a good death, isn’t there? We wrote our thinking again at 12:10 and the vibe in the room was as good as I’ve felt it. “The ROI is unlimited if we get the overarching vision right,” one BTL participant shared. So good and so true. Big dreams are jet fuel. The return is only limited by our own investment. Tony shared his learning. It was good. Rob said fear can be contagious. Turn it into positive and it can lead to a healthier life for all. Good.

We finished with a little Carl Jung stuff – “The most damaging thing in the life of a child, is the unlived life of its parent.“ This one had nearly everyone putting pen to paper as Carl’s challenge lends credence to our claim about the power of an authentic opus. Live your dream, friends. Your loved ones are watching, especially your little ones. Hard labor we disdain as we tire. Hard opus we sustain as we perspire. Life is hard. We are all gonna struggle and sweat mightily. What are those around you seeing, friend, when they look in your eyes? Hard labor or hard opus? You choose.

BTL believes we are here for more than hard labor. We are all here for a reason and it is up to each of us to figure it out. BTL is here to build a work opus and live it out, so to speak. Next, we are gonna author a life opus and live it out too. Your strong sense of self, your BTL core, is the glue that holds it all together. As you get stronger within, clearer with your life/work aim, it’s gonna start to feel like it’s hard to tell the difference between when you are working vs playing. You are beginning to blur the lines with more love than fear. You are beginning to live out the purpose of BTL – “Together we awaken, challenge, and transform a few individuals, teams, and leaders from a lone toward all ONE – one L of a difference. One distinct and deeply connected, becoming BTL. Together we transform. Always together.” This is why we practice and why we love it so much. We believe a few of you are changing the world and it’s our pleasure and privilege to work it out beside you. Today, during practice 22, a few more caught some belief and came clean. Very cool.

Together we transform. Always together. Good…

5 thoughts on “Practice 22…

  1. I like this one Chet. Especially the Jung quote on the “unlived life of a parent”. We buried my dad Saturday. 76. Still pretty young. Dementia ravaged him. But his spirit lived on. I saw it in his eyes when I’d go to visit him. It was encouraging for me to see and talk to the 100’s of friends and family that came out to honor him. I didn’t realize how big of an impact he had on others until Saturday. I thought I knew but really didn’t. I’m at peace knowing he lived to serve and contribute to many people, including my brothers and I. Funny how death brings that awareness. Living a true Opus isn’t easy. It takes a work. My pops didn’t even know he was doing it or maybe I just wasn’t “awake” to it. I pray that I have the courage and strength to dive deep with BTL and in life so my kids don’t have to wait until I’m gone to really notice. Thanks for the post. Needed to read this today 🙏👊🏻🙌🏻

  2. I’m not sure exactly what you’re asking, Peter. If you are asking why I write so much it’s because originally clients asked me to do it so they could keep up with BTL in between practices. I began to get so much clarity from the writing that I kept it up. Now it’s just second nature. Nearly every day I write about the work and it brings me, and a few, more clarity. Does this answer your question? Thanks for asking…

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