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Ethics and the Fox

July 28, 2009 in News | Comments (0)

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I created a neighborhood controversy last week when I reported seeing a small red fox in my yard face-to-face with a neighborhood cat. Yes, the fox was in my front yard! I opened the door and the fox immediately took off for the woods. Feeling it was my civic duty, I posted a note on the neighborhood web group area telling people what I saw and urging them to keep their pets safe. I have chosen to make my two cats completely indoor cats for the time being. I didn’t realize that my simple posting would create such troublesome behaviors.

Within an hour, Animal Control was at my front door (not at my request). These very nice, professional people told me about the habits of foxes and Animal Control’s role in the community. If I said the animal was rabid (it wasn’t), they would be forced to catch and kill it. If I said the fox had threatened me, Animal Control would take action. My neighbors went into an uproar demanding me to report the fox as vicious, threatening and a nuisance.

I thought the fox was fine where he was. He wasn’t causing any trouble. He (or maybe it was a she, I really don’t know) lives somewhere in the woods behind our houses and was out for a stroll. People, the developers did cut down 38 acres of trees behind us in the past couple years to build more houses. Where is a fox supposed to live?

Ethical behavior and value-based choices are important to me. Lie about the situation to get a specific outcome? What about my neighbors’ feelings? When it came down to it, I couldn’t lie. I said if the fox (and the foxes’ family which is out there somewhere) becomes that big a problem, we need to contribute money to get the fox family safely relocated. It’s not always about the result — sometimes it’s about the journey. I think lying to get something done is still lying. Do you think it’s OK to lie to get a specific result? In the process of defining ourselves (and the ReInvention Station), it’s important to know your values and make ethical personal and business decisions.

Advice from Yoda

July 15, 2009 in News | Comments (0)

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Any Star Wars fans out there? Do you believe that Yoda is the ultimate philospher and coach? Even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan, you still can learn from Yoda as I did when reading today’s blog posting on the Positivity Blog. Following are my excerpts or Click Here to read the entire, original post.
 
Words of wisdom from Yoda:
"1. Don’t try. Do.
 
“Do or do not… there is no try.”
 
When you tell yourself and/or someone else that you will try you are in my experience more likely to give up or just stop when the first obstacle shows up. When you say that you will do something there is more determination and power behind that decision. When the inevitable obstacles that always show up start to block your path you are determined. You will do this. So you find ways over, under, around and through the obstacles. And that’s what you have to do most of the time to actually get things done. Smooth sailing with no problems at all is pretty rare. By making clear choices to do or not do something – and putting power behind those choices – you are more likely to actually get things done and succeed.
 
2. Overcome your fears.
 
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
 
“Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”
 
Overcoming your fears is one of the most important things to improve yourself and grow. If you don’t you will just get stuck. But how do you do it? Well, first, as Yoda says, you have to stop avoiding your fear. You have think about it and see what is you really fear.
 
3. Your world is a reflection of you.
 
“You will find only what you bring in.”
 
That’s what Luke is told in “The Empire Strikes Back” before he goes into the cave on Yoda’s home planet. Inside the cave Luke battles his demons – more specifically an illusion of Darth Vader – and are confronted with his own inner darkness. The darkness he brought into the cave and that could pull him over to the dark side if he allowed it to.
 
By observing the world around you, you can gain insights into yourself and what you may need to improve. Because even though there is a big, big world out there with many possibilities and people in the end, big change in your life comes down to you changing yourself. It’s very easy to get stuck in thinking that your perspective, the lens through which you view reality is reality itself. But you can’t really see reality. You can only see it filtered through the lens. And the lens is you.
 
Truth is life will never be as in your dreams if you don’t change and correct yourself. No one is coming to save you. No book or personal development guru, not your parents, no knight/lady in white armor. Yes, people around you can of course be a big help. But as an adult in this world it is time to grow up and save yourself. It is time to do things. To face your fears. Not just because those things are the right things to do. But also because these things are what actually work.”
 
Well said, Henrik. Now, why don’t we do … something … today. Face our fears and make the world a better place by making ourselves better.
 
(The Positivity Blog is focused on positivity and opening up new possibilities through motivating and practical articles on how to improve your life. It is written by Henrik Edberg of Sweden.)

 

Full Steam Ahead

July 7, 2009 in News | Comments (0)