For Business & Non-Profit Leaders

A Biztopian Vision and Challenge

by Maia Williams

Buddha, Martha Graham and Lao Tzu chatting over tea at the Boathouse in Central Park…

The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings.”

—Buddha (India, 6th century B.C.E.)

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy,
a quickening, that is translated into action
And because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique
And if you block it, it will never exist . . .”

—Martha (b. Pittsburgh, PA; d. New York, NY, 20th century C.E.)

“This is the profound, simple truth:
You are the master of your life and death.
What you do is what you are.”

— Lao Tzu (China, 4th century B.C.E.)

We have the power and the means to connect and harness our energy, goodness, intellect and influence to “create a world that works for all.” Do we have the will? Work: Our time spent making a living is about more than money. It is about what poet Mary Oliver succinctly sums up in Wild Geese. It is about our “one wild and precious life.” Those of us in ‘developed” and developing countries have the luxury of being a little farther up Maslow’s Hierarchy, so it falls to us to accept and celebrate the opportunity to make a difference, for everyone.

Will we do it?

No dues; no meetings—just pure, unadulterated possibility + connection, determination and persistence.

Are you with me on this? Cool.

Next post: What’s Revenue Got to Do, Got To Do With It? (get your Tina Turner groove on)