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Thanks Seth Godin for Naming the Dream of the Future

November 22nd, 2008 20 Comments » Filed under Letters

I found this picture, as a tribute to “Tribes.” The kaki tree from my childhood.  Winter Fruits.  A warm fruit bearing its vitality in the naked tree of the winter. Photography by Antonio Bellon a 31 year old from Spain. Flickr.

Seth Godin published his latest book. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

Thanks Seth, so much for naming the dream of the future.

For validating the partnership between our right and left brain.

For joining the conversation in our minds and confirming  we are not alone…and we are on the right track.

It helps dissipate the fear and reinforce the blind faith.

It fuels the burning desire to continue its dedicated path.

It provides the balm of  awareness in transition to imminent change.

It acknowledges the scene of the consequences of our actions.

It invites to Step in the Present and  Make History…

It reminds us that as Albert Einstein said, success without value is not success.

It revives the quiet tribal wisdom of the past to close the circle of the future.

It shows us that being spiritual is nothing more and nothing less, than being human.

After all, Galileo Galilei was right when he said: “You cannot teach man anything, only help him find the answers within himself.

Who would have guessed that the very answers within ourselves, starting with our passion, can lead to a fulfilled life  of abundance. Pretty solid concept. Pretty enchanting scene for the future. It makes pretty darn sense.

I could go on with the the layers of wisdom  and the acute/ accurate historical and socio-economic analysis that your book delivers. However, due to  its  atemporal and perennial nature we can always revisit. This is only the beginning. There will be more revelations and more realizations along the way, In the meantime I want to take the moment to tell you a little newborn tribe story.

It all started perhaps 7 years ago. I was in my early 50’s and had declared to my tribe that after 50 I would celebrate my birthday if possible all year. So, it was around March, my birthday and I had different celebrations going on. Not all necessary on the exact date I was born… One day a year to celebrate you are born, started to seem not long enough to me  those days. So I had several gatherings going on. Non of them was going to take place in my house…

“Why don’t you do a women  party” -said Becca – “That’s a great idea, -I said – We’ll do it.” When we finally got around it was May, and we were 9 women. All of them my friends. Most of them didn’t know one another. Maybe 2 or 3 but not everybody. They were as diverse as it gets in terms of age, experience and ethnicity. Each one of them was an important part of my world.

We had a blast. I was so happy to have them all dispersed around the house. In many instances they  had heard about the other through my excited enthusiasm. (I speak my thoughts out loud). I  just got out of the way and alternated  my  focus between the joy of listening to the echo of the conversations going on, my passion for the food, attending  last touches  to the great meal I had prepared for them, and  conversing with the ones brought to the kitchen by their  own organic desire to be there and help.

The conversations were fascinating. The group asserted instant homogeny. You could “taste” the energy, and “feel” the meal. It felt like the ultimate pleasure of being.

Somebody said something along the lines of some studies showing that women getting together  help boost up their endorphins in a way that actually adds physical years to your life.

Somebody said “we have to repeat this.”

The next time we did it we were 14. I liked the idea of having a sit down dinner and there is no room for more around my table. I created a special dish for the occasion. They loved it. It was a white lasagna with hearts of artichokes, crab meat, fresh mozzarella, fetta, and a white sauce sprinkled with sherry.

We talked about the need to revive the rites. The wisdom of the ancient tribes. The circle around the bonfire. We called it the White Lasagna. We institutionalized the name of the dish and  came up with a name for our encounters. “The rite of the White Lasagna.” The tribe had started its incubating period.

We started having these reunions more often. In each one we had the same menu. A green salad, the white lasagna and a special cake to celebrate again the birthdays of those ones that fell around the date of the reunion. Their extra birthday celebration.

That’s where the seed was planted. The seed of leadership I needed, to grow, and take the tribe to the next level. Sharon said . “You lead, we’ll follow.” It’s true, it wasn’t easy. However, I always had wanted to take my ideas and the coaching I developed and tested with them all to a new level. My coaching career. I was selling TV and print advertisingduring those years. They couldn’t wait for me to start…

A lot has happened since the first “White Lasagna Rite” event.

Today,  I have a blog, Soul Hang Out, a hangout place for soul activists, of course males and females who  understand that living in the present is History in the Making, and are willing to talk about their thoughts, or listen to other people’s thoughts. Plus, they are intrigued  by  the assortment of ingredients in our White Lasagna.

Today, I have created a coaching concept called “50/50 Coaching,  The Magic of the Middle Line.” People in my tribe have been applying it for years. People in my tribe have encouraged and supported me to follow this path.

Today I have  developed a “Thought Champions” Coaching program. People in my tribe want to share those conversations we have been having for  years. I want to share them with the world because I wouldn’t be here without them. Their testimonials are coming. They are bringing tears to my eyes. Their words match my words.

As an example, here is one from Silvana in Madrid:

  • That connection with life that one achieves conversing with you is a wonderful feeling!…time stops and one minute becomes an eternity…Difficult to express it in words…You have a gift to connect the other person  with his or her most profound being and revive situations that come back to clarify issues of the past to position them back in a more balanced and sane place in our lives.
  • My personal experience by your side has been very strong and I believe you have given me many tools to work in my personal development!!! That doesn’t mean it’s all done…no, of course, on the contrary…There is still a long way to learn, grow, be a better person, and you have motivated me to not be satisfied with the obtained achievements…one always can make one more step. Thank you!!!

It’s time to invite other tables around our table. Anyhow, it doesn’t accommodate enough people any more.

Thanks again, Seth for an invaluable gift to the planet…remarkable…your word, not mine.

For everybody who wants to make a difference and challenge the status quo, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us is not a choice to read. Is a must.


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