I found myself in a meeting where one of the managers of the project I was working with said (which sounded like a demand), “You should not be kind or open hearted here. That is not the way to be with these people. I would take the business approach of just following the structure. That is the way you want to be.”
1st thing: Red flag alert. Obviously this person does not know me, my values and what I stand for. Or they just didn’t get the memo.
2nd thing: My business is about making a difference for everyone: first and foremost, the client. second of all, my team. This is what I value. This is what I am standing in my whole life. #Eternity
3rd thing: Call it what you want: soft, vulnerable (haven’t you heard? Vulnerability is where it’s at. It creates awesome results. I’m an artist for crying out loud. Try it today.) push over, whatever. Being kind makes a difference for me and people around me. Having an open heart where ever I go is not easy baby and it’s definitely not being a push over. Look here, I’m standing and I’m gonna keep on standing. I generate this on the daily–in circumstances of rudeness, ignorance, avoidance, disagreement, violence, and the list goes on, I live in NYC and I’m still going to be in ALOHA and ‘OFA. You may be afraid of having your heart broken, so you close it, protect it, defend it. There’s nothing to protect over here. Love is my infinite millions. It can’t be stopped. That is where my life lives. Call it being a Hippie–if only you knew, this is as Gangstaaa as it gets. The Gangsta of Love.
I am very blessed to say that I am no longer working with this manager and the project. I am grateful for this. For this open space that I have now will be a clearing for what I want to work and spend my time and value: People who are committed to making a difference: through kindness, love, passion, determination, jokes, authenticity, vulnerability, joy, and community. This is what I am standing for.
And I aint gonna stop….
which has me share this great piece of news:
Speaking of getting what I asked for: People who are committed to making a difference through kindness, love, passion, determination, jokes, authenticity, vulnerability, joy, and community.
Confirmed: SOULJOURNEY TRUTH TOUR: Mahina Movement will be performing and doing a workshop in Dublin, Ireland at http://axis-ballymun.ie. I will also be painting a mural with the community representing the powerful legacy and future of Irish women. We will be in Dublin, Ireland from Sept. 1 – Sept. 5, 2012. See you there!
…and this is how I do business.