Who I am

brad lonelyThere is a fine line between loneliness and not. And it’s in everyone.

That line lies at about 60% (at least in myself). So much work to do in life to find the 40% of not lonely.

Loneliness isn’t bad. It’s stillness. It’s an awareness of ourselves and a longing for unity and belonging. It’s a reflection of within.

We try to fit in, into a world of difference.

I see much pain from loneliness in the world – (although much less in the slums of Manila than in the US). We think that keeping busy makes it go away, yet it’s the opposite.

I say to myself “people just don’t get me.” They don’t. And it’s not their responsibility to get me. It’s mine. To see myself and be peaceful with who I really am.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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There and Back

Mother and Child ManilaIn my recent visit to Manila, The Philippines, I took a 15k walk around town. Mostly poor neighborhoods. I like to see real people living real lives.

I met many people. Some we shared smiles, with others we stopped to chat. To others I gave a small donation – they don’t have much.

When I hit Manila Bay, I turned around and walked back the same way (more or less).
I was struck by the smiles I received from the people I had met. No one asked for money again.

Seemed that the acknowledgement was most important – for me too.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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You don’t know.

Wall with sign.There is both humility and power in the acknowledgement of not knowing.

Until you know that you don’t know something, you don’t even have the language to ask the questions.

Acknowledgement of not knowing is not the beginning of knowing, you’re much further along. Because you have a place for it. A desire to know.

Happens to me all the time. Suddenly the light bulb goes off. “Oh, I get it now.” And I can take it from there.

I think I’m glad I know I’ll never know all that I don’t know, y’know?

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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Cave Dreams

Brad in a CaveSometimes I think it would be great to be a Buddhist monk contemplating the meaning of the dharma in a cave somewhere.

That isn’t really the way we do things here in America. Most of us have a family, work, bills, hopefully a vacation, and then more bills.

We’re still supposed to contemplate life. And find a way to integrate the teachings we find in the world into our lives.

It ain’t easy. And it’s the path.

I wonder if the monks up in those caves dream about working.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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Mightier Than the Sword

brad's penWhen my pen runs out of ink I’m always shocked.

By the time I’ve used enough ink to have run out I’ve developed a relationship with this pen. It’s traveled in my pocket, lived on my desk and been privy to secrets that no one else will know. My pen is my collaborator, conspirator and knows both my heart and my grocery needs.

When it’s time for that relationship to end it comes suddenly. I’m always surprised.

It turns out the average pen can write for over a mile before running out of ink. Seems pretty short when you think about the distance it travelled.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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Shut up and show me.

Brad taking a picture of himself through a windowI struggle with how to communicate our company goals.

The problem is the words we would use have been co-opted by companies that we aren’t aligned with.

The bleach company lists integrity, honesty, ethics, collaboration and doing the right thing – in their company values.

The fake seed company uses transparency, integrity and respect.

Makes me laugh and puke at the same time.

To me it’s less about the words and more about the products.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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Hummingbirds

a hummingbirdThere are two incredible things about hummingbirds.

The first is their whole existence. They make that whirring sound like a string of ‘vvvvvv’s as they fly by. They’re colored with bright jewel tones. And to watch them hover and drink the nectar is simply amazing–those tongues!

The other incredible thing about hummingbirds is that they’re no more special than any other living thing.

Everything and every one of us is that fascinating. That stunning. That beautiful.

With some things (and some people) you just have to look a little harder. We’re not all lucky enough to have tongues that long.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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(Un)known

The California CoastThe world used to be flat.

The few brave sailors of the time knew different. As they sailed, the edge of the earth continued to be on the horizon. While to those on shore, they appeared to have sailed off the earth.

As we sail off into our unknowns, it scares some people. Yet our experience is of confidence because, on our journey away from the shore, we know there is still a horizon ahead. We have a different perspective.

If we asked for feedback from the shore, they’d say you’re crazy or dead. Instead, ask those on the journey with you, they see the horizon.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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Selfless/Selfish

Mural behind parking lotSelfless. Selfish.

Such similar sounding words.

When raising kids, you need to be selfless. The attention is on them. You must be passive, loving and nurturing. Engaged from the heart.

Work demands more intellect than feelings. Survival of the fittest. Optimize your income. Selfish. Aggressive.

Balance is necessary. They can even be complimentary. Both are motivated by survival, but what different perspectives.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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It’s A Man’s World

You go girl signWhy is it still remarkable when a woman does something? It seems we may be able to vote for a woman as our president next term. The simple fact of her gender is as big a topic as her world view.

We live in a world that has been mostly directed and molded by men. Whether you like that idea or not, it’s hard to argue with.

I think I’m ready for a change.

I’d like to see what happens when we live in a world guided by the feminine.

-Posted by Brad Black, EO’s co-founder and co-CEO

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