Thursday, January 1, 2009

Can we make this operation a little simpler?

I awoke this morning filled with the usual New Year's Day optimism and headed off to an early morning discussion meeting with friends where we talked about hope moving into action, living life a day at a time, staying present in the moment.

Returning home to a still sleeping house, I decided to take a little time to read a few posts by Om Malik and Bruce Nussbaum on the subjects of letting go of mediocrity, transformation replacing innovation, the need to radically alter behavior going forward. Those led me to revisit Thomas Friedman's recent NYTimes OpEd, "Time to Reboot America."

So much to fix. So many challenges. So many opportunities to complicate matters.

I worry that we will become paralyzed under the weight of so much to do. Before we parse and slice and dice and layer up, I hope we can take a deep collective breath, get back to basics, and focus a bit on restoring our core, native operating system.

We may never totally avoid bubbles or the effects of greed and temptation, but we are doomed if we don't restore trust. And we can't do that without focusing on what's in our hearts and the four absolutes.

Here's to love and life and possibilities for real growth in 2009 and beyond.

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