Common

Love PeopleI saw this saying in a store the other day “The only normal people are the ones you don’t know yet”.

One of the reasons for this blog is to let you in to my head and my heart. To share the things we may have in common.

It’s a dialog. And feedback is important and necessary.

Communication and community share a Latin root, it means common.

This is an open invitation to share your perspective. To voice your thoughts.

I want to hear about your life, your experiences.

This is a good place to see what else we have in common.

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

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The Sweet Life

The Sweet LifePeople tend to think of their lives in compartments: work life, personal life, family time, community and a spiritual path.

It’s not uncommon to hear someone refer to a behavior or habit as existing in one part of their life. “Oh, I don’t feel that way personally, it’s just something I do for work.”

Visually, life would look like a pie. Each slice is a compartmentalized part of a person’s life. People spend their time and energy travelling around the crust from life to life.

I’ve found that it’s ideal to live in the center, the place where all aspects of my life are intertwined. It’s simpler there and I’m more satisfied.

The center of the pie….that’s where the sweet stuff is.

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

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Crash and Burn

Flower P6178518In 1929 our country experienced a stock market crash that lead to great changes in the way Americans went to work.

With the advent of industrialization, there was more work available in the cities than in the rural communities. So, when the depression hit many people went to the cities to find work.

This has become common practice over the years. People no longer work/serve the communities they live in. And there is a disconnect.

Business serves as a money source and not as a service to community.

We’re not in the great depression. It’s time for people to get back to the communities they are a part of. To do their good work in the places they live.

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

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Ripple Effect

bottle IMG_0260We prefer to do business with companies with similar values.

Making our plastic bottles from recycled plastic (PCR) is an important part of our commitment.

We aim to use 100% PCR packaging.

And we may only be able to achieve 85% PCR.

This is because we launch new items that may have specific requirements – ones that aren’t offered by our current suppliers. Ones that aren’t available in PCR.

So we take them on. However, we do this with the intention to ask them to begin using PCR. That is our requirement for a long term relationship.

Most of the companies change – and do something that we never thought of. They offer PCR to their other customers.

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

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Spirited

Two dogs playingI believe in spirituality.

It’s grounding. Keeps me on track. Forgives. Is unconditional. And always has something wise to say.

I believe there are teachers for everyone. Throughout life. Some are always there. Others come and go. Depends on our needs.

It’s just a matter of finding them. They come in many sizes, shapes and unlikely timing.

I think when our spirits are fed they thrive, just like our physical bodies.
When my spirit is fed, my problems are easier to deal with and happiness is easier to find.

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

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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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