Archive for July, 2009

Faith

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Faith is a positive word – “have faith, it will all work out”. What about the interim space, when nothing is clear? In that space, blind trust is required and it is not easy. What do you hold on to? In all honesty, you are in the unknown. There, you fool yourself if you predict an outcome. What is gained by blind trust? I’m not sure. I might say you gain courage, an ability to weather change, strength or confidence. But there is still an element of mystery to it all.

Riding the Rapids

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

I must learn to ride the rapids. There is a speed in my life that I have never encountered before. When demands on my time speed up, I sometimes hit overwhelm but push through it and try to keep excellence in my work. These rapids have full force now, but they are intermittent. I am realizing that I have to develop the skill to speed when it is required and when not required, to find ways to restore. For many years, I have worked on maintaining balance. It is a dynamic process. However, now I find the intensity of speed and its stop and go nature is requiring me to build new muscles. If I go with the flow, fast or slow, it is easier to maintain balance and stay centered.

What Lies Ahead

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

On the path you walk
Sometimes the road is not seen
Trust is required

The Stimulus as Medium

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

The Obama administration’s stimulus package for green jobs is a lot more than it appears to be. On the surface, it is a means to stimulate the creation of green jobs. If you look carefully at the requirements for receiving the money, it is also a means for creating speed, requiring collaboration, jump starting public/private partnerships and mandating transparency and accountability. Here in the High Mojave Desert of southern California we have created The High Desert Region Green Jobs Initiative. The requirements for obtaining stimulus funding are reshaping, very quickly, the way we work. We hope not only to create jobs but to maintain a lasting, productive collaboration that will build the local green economy for years to come.