April 9, 2017: Business Call

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Contents

Agenda

  • Check in
  • Opening Blessing
  • Review WWWs
  • Weekly event logistics
  • Year Plan
  • Review Agenda
  • Brandon's crisis of faith (okay, that's overdramatic)
  • Newsletter
  • Calendar
  • New Videos
  • Evaluations
  • Closing Blessing

Next business call

  • Tactics Talk (in context of our strategy metaphor, roots, stalk, fruits)
  • We Believe
  • Year Plan
    • Summer Solstice?
    • Eclipse
    • Trip to Canada

Check-in

  • Eric … I'm really happy with spring … the ice on the pool and the snow in the backyard are melting
  • Ben … I had such a weird last couple of days. Friday I had to get a temporary place for my impoverished author friend to stay, so I created an Air-bnb account and accompanied him way South to a suburb. That night I slept over with my girlfriend. Last morning I went to my non-girlfriend’s place. I went home for a while and came here for an event that Lion was hosting and slept over here at Star House. I’ve been to all three of the community houses in a single day.
  • Brandon … I am feeling like a clenched, grasping fist about my time. I have been working on taxes which puts me in a sour mood. But they are almost done.

Opening Blessing

We come together from our complex lives, seeking a time to focus our energies on our highest aspirations, seeking a time to build connection and community. May our time together be blessed with productivity and caring for each other. --Blessed Be

WW(W)s from last time

Ongoing

  • Brandon … Try for a streak of 3 days in a row with bedtime at 9:30 every night, wake up with alarm at 5:30
  • Brandon … Meditate regularly (at least 3) with Eric
  • Brandon … Coach regularly (at least 3) with Ted
  • Ben … Send Brandon/Eric a video message each day about what I did and watch theirs
  • Ben … meditate regularly (at least 3) with Eric
  • Ben … spend at least 15 minutes a day on my story
  • Eric … Send Brandon/Ben a video message each day about what I did and watch theirs
  • Eric … Work on Buckleberry or Auberge Paradis at least 15 minutes a day
  • Eric … Meditate regularly with Ben
  • Eric … Meditate regularly with Brandon
  • Eric … Practice viscerally connecting with Gaia at least once a week.

Time-specific

  • Ben … draft the Winter Newsletter … by next call
  • Ben … update the News section … by next call

WW(W)s

Ongoing

  • Brandon … Try for a streak of 3 days in a row with bedtime at 9:30 every night, wake up with alarm at 5:30
  • Brandon … Meditate regularly (at least 3) with Eric
  • Brandon … Coach regularly (at least 3) with Ted
  • Ben … Send Brandon/Eric a video message each day about what I did and watch theirs
  • Ben … meditate regularly (at least 3) with Eric
  • Ben … spend at least 15 minutes a day on my story
  • Eric … Send Brandon/Ben a video message each day about what I did and watch theirs
  • Eric … Work on Buckleberry or Auberge Paradis at least 15 minutes a day
  • Eric … Meditate regularly with Ben
  • Eric … Meditate regularly with Brandon
  • Eric … Practice viscerally connecting with Gaia at least once a week

Time-specific

  • Brandon … discuss September in Ottawa with Shelley (around September 22) … by next call
  • Brandon … get pictures from last two events for newsletter … by today
  • Ben … join the Slack and ask Rico about the newsletter … by today
  • Ben … send a draft of the Winter Newsletter … by tomorrow
  • Ben … update the News section … by next call
  • Ben … find photos for the first 6 months of the calendar … by next call
  • Eric … find photos for the other 6 months … by next call
  • Eric … finish new Viriditas de Terra tree … by end of season
  • Eric … finish editing video … before I die.

Weekly Events Logistics

Service rotation: Eric, Ben, Brandon, Rico, Shelley
  • April 15 Service: 8:00 AM PST / 11:00 EST … Brandon
  • April 16 Business Call: 8:00 AM PST / 11:00 EST (Eric might be at Buckleberry)

Year Plan

May Day

  • The Sanders can celebrate it on Saturday May 6 in Portland, (Shelley's birthday is Sunday the 7th).
    • Arboretum work party?
    • Let's let Shelley decide what to do
  • Eric heard about a tree planting opportunity on the radio: Forests Ontario's 50-Million-Tree Program (http://www.forestsontario.ca/community/get-involved/volunteer/)
    • Eric just wrote an email to the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority to see if they have tree planting events this year like the one he's been to before

Summer Solstice

  • Ben thinks we should do an outdoor Drumming the Eons event simultaneously on both sides of the continent and connect them via Skype (Eric: ||||,) (Brandon: That could be fun)

September trip

We should be able to nail down dates soon

Brandon’s Crisis of Faith Ba Da Da Dumm!

Brandon: So I feel like what I need in my life is to be more focused and disciplined and ‘planful’. I don’t need more demands to do that; I need something that helps me be that and I don’t feel that I am getting it from SolSeed. I am not sure that I can get it from anywhere but I am disappointed and resentful that SolSeed is not giving it to me like a magic bullet. And all of my highest aspirations come to naught if I waste all my heartbeats.

  • Ben: It is interesting that you, who read a lot of books, Switch for instance, that talk about how to motivate people and change things, are the one who has the most trouble with this of us.
  • Eric: Tell me if there's any way I can help! I'm your friend and I want you to feel good.

Newsletter

  • Ben wants to talk about Rico in the newsletter
    • Eric: That would be great if he's okay with it
    • Brandon: Ben, ask him on Slack

Calendar

  • Eric has the date layouts ready
  • We could use pictures from our past events
    • Brandon: We could do both with insets
  • Eric could try uploading the calendar to a Google doc, but it's got a lot of Excel-specific formatting
    • Ben: OneDrive would allow us to edit it in its native format

Eric's videos

  • I'm partway through editing the Life is Precious video
    • Want to create opening credits using the chorus of The Seed
    • Interleave my talking head with images
  • Already working on a script for my next video
  • Need a name for the series
    • Ben: The SolSeed Show
    • Eric: Some kind of play on words would be cool


Evaluation

  • Ben … I like checking things off too and I like that we checked off several agenda items quickly
  • Eric … I wish I were in Portland right now so that I could give Brandon a hug
  • Brandon … I look forward to checking out John Young's book What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World … helping me get connection to nature (the author does "Deep Nature Connection Mentoring")

Closing Blessing

We came together and time was blessed with productivity and caring for each other. We now return to our complex lives full of many tasks and goals and plans and much stress, but we carry with us the comfort, connection and commitment to working together toward our highest aspirations that we have gained here today. May we remember these things and feel better because we do not face our lives alone. -- Blessed Be

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