Hey Dear Child:
As I am still feeling a bit flabbergasted/pissed/unmoored/betrayed?/let down/undermined, or some combination of these by the failure of a certain friend to show up today (there's a big WTF here), I share instead a letter to a new friend:
Most Honored and Respected [Sir]:1
First, thanks so much for making the time. I really enjoyed our conversation.
Second, I'm wondering about your structures for improvement, mastery, creating out-sized results.
Shaq has his committee. Carnegie had a master mind, as popularized by Nathaniel Hill, a group of people up to big things meeting on a regular basis to invent big futures, share their wisdom, and draw strength from each other, as they likewise provide support for each other taking on the big games they did in life.
It's obvious you built a structure that works, you're grateful for the difference you get to make in the world, and you have a team that adores, supports, and takes part in the growth of your vision.
I'm wondering though if you have the chizuk (support basically, I'm assuming you're a member of the tribe) you see as appropriate to take your game up to the next level, if you even want to. If not, or you'd like to add something, I invite you to play with me, and we'll find three others who are up to big things and create our own master mind.
I can even designate a room for cigar smoking and whiskey drinking if you think it would add to the atmosphere. I haven't had a cigarette in four and a half years, but I'd be willing to go back if it would help create the atmosphere. One of the beers I have in my fridge practically screams for tobacco to accompany it.
Third, I'm wondering what you're looking for in a living space in Bridgeport. I've got some contacts in the area and would love to help you get set up. I'm thinking one of those big mansions must be just your style.
Last, I sent a friend in your direction. He's a pretty sharp management consultant type who has a passion for efficiency, but isn't particularly enthused about the use to which his talents are currently being put. He's also got a particular–to me seemingly utopian–vision, but it seems to me you are effecting a piece of it in the community you create.
I don't know where he'd fit, but sometimes the right person finds, maybe creates, maybe fills is a better word, an essential space within an organization, that no one before had even realized needed filling.
I suppose it's kind of like marriage. You expect one thing, and all sorts of other things get complete that you never knew were not.
Anyway, rather than continue to wax philosophical, I'll just re-task this as a post on my blog to my son.
Thank you again for your time, your consideration, your generosity, for the difference you make in the world. I'm sure you don't need to hear it from me, but I'll throw my voice in there anyway.
David R. Herz
1I obviously know how important title is to you. There's a joke here; this gentleman doesn't go in for titles; I'd guess that he's of the mind that one's deeds should be more than sufficient to honor a person.