Climate Within

Spoken Words from Paris COP21 Climate Change Negotiations, 2015




Climate Within


In the end,

What we care about,

Is the climate within.

For violence to Earth,

Blood in streets and the fields,

Is simply echoing,

The vast turmoil within.

We’re lost,

we’re terrified,

We run fast and away,

We point fingers, look out there for a fix,

We get busy,

Busy-ness,

Dizzy-ness.

All we will ever find,

In this mad out quest,

Is excruciating pain,

Of disconnect within.

Time,

Now,

For you,

For us,

For me,

To re-connect.

If I can visualize, close your eyes, do it with me

If I can visualize all the atrocities of life,

And shrink the dark picture

And hold it, tiny, present, in the back, on the left side of my mind.

If I can visualize, close your eyes, do it with me

If I can visualize all the beauties of life,

And shrink the bright picture

And hold it, tiny, present, in the back, on the right side of my mind.

And if I keep holding,

Dark on the left,

Bright on the right,

And stay just there,

Balanced,

Centered,

Aligned,

Then,

Mes amis,

I’m at the place to be,

To dive deep and within,

My entire being,

Re-connecting,

Re-creating,

Inspiring.

Art

Touches,

Art

Moves,

The artist inspires,

For on the long and perilous journey,

From the head to the heart,

She is showing us the way,

The heartist’s way.

Humans,

Weapons of mass re-connection,

Weapons of mass re-creation,

Of course, we can all be.

Please let my Poet Be.


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Singer and composer Tara Baswani invited me to write and say those words on stage with her during her live Quest Sessions performance at Place to B, Paris, December 3, 2015, COP21 Climate Change Negotiations.


© Dominique Bel, 2020. All Rights Reserved in all Countries.



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Inspiring Leaders START WITH WHY.

For What's Next, We Ask: SO WHAT?

Far from being a fad, the search for a purpose is foundational to our quest for a better future. In words that sing to our ears like a Chopin melody, French writer, poet, aviation pioneer, and author of The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry put it beautifully:


"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."

Doubting that the quest for a purpose was a silver bullet, I embarked on a strange journey beyond purpose. The CEOs, entrepreneurs, social innovators, advocates, researchers, artists, adventurers, and spiritual leaders I met en route revealed some of our new blind spots: purpose bloating, purpose washing, and purpose myopia, to name a few. The leaders and changemakers I interviewed also shared valuable keys to clear the way forward with courage.

To organize my unorthodox findings and unsure of where the adventure would take me, I started to write The Book of So What, with stories of reconciliations and transformations from the Loire valley in France, the St. Lawrence valley in Canada, and the Jordan valley in the Middle East.

If I had to pitch it to you in an elevator, I would say that The Book of So What explores the liberating powers of the modern jester's question:

"Inspiring leaders start with WHY. For what's next, we ask: SO WHAT?"

Stay tuned for the launch!


Dominique


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Tara Baswani - Quest Session - Place to B, Paris, December 2015

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