The World Leader(s) arrive with an established Inner Circle

Every exemplary leader will have an established high-quality inner circle. Outstanding leaders have achieved their position not by accident and never by what they do alone. They bring with them people of proven talent and a similar philosophy about caring for people and personal growth. This is why I mentioned age and experience in my last paper. They are a proven entity.

Bear in mind that this quality of Inner Circle is not an accident but a deliberate plan to bring a certain type of person on board as a member of a working body. This group of talented individuals will be fully supported to play to their strength and take charge as leaders when necessary. In almost every case, they have worked together for years. It takes time to establish the metal and value of each member.

So, it is a body of people that enters the world government environment, not just a single outstanding person. No organization functions well due to one person, regardless of how unique and capable they might be. That is why for years, I have taught leaders ways to build special relationships with certain staff members who demonstrated a quality above and beyond.

Time and work ethics and philosophies that build off the leader’s own mindset bring them together. This also helps identify negative leaders who would make themselves a sub-group with themself as a leader. Usually, leaders like these have little or no respect for the actual leader. Needless to say, a dysfunctional organization is the result.

In this case, exposing the negative leader is a must. Although they may be good at what they do, which can make it more challenging to eliminate them, they will invariably damage the organization in the long run.

The Inner Circle–Essential to a leader—Represents the best.


Some Rambling Thoughts on World Government

What do I know? Not much about much. I know about power, leadership, relationships, and communication between people. This has been my continuing interest, study, and work for almost eighty years. So, my observations about World Government are based on only what I know.

Ideally, the governing body should comprise people who represent where they have come to be the adults they are. They must have demonstrated a passion for representing and speaking for the many and not just the narrow interests of oligarchies and the powerful. They should view the world as a single, precious totality to care for without regard for borders and fences.

While I can’t speak to finances and other resources, it is clear that a governing body requires them if it is to function. Science, technology, and education need to be fully supported. The need for weapon development or eradication should be studied for the world’s good. Another imperative is research and development for the health and safety of the world’s population.

The world belongs to each of us, so there should be no need for gated borders. Freedom must be granted to all. A free world can foster an economy that ensures all the ability to make a good living and care for one’s own.

My philosophy as a leader and entrepreneur was based on these tenents. We cared for all and helped them learn how to care for each other. In my opinion, being responsible for the well-being of people we live with, work with, etc., is essential to the world’s survival. We have enormous troubles, and I believe we must begin to act… OR?

Tine is not a thought—It is running out quickly—The world is ready.


Continuing Thoughts on Why I Worry for The World

I do not ask for agreement. In fact, I invite any comments. They can be about what I write or what you want to write about. Nothing I say is cast in concrete, ever. I type, and the words come out and become thoughts and ideas. You’re welcome to do the same.

So, I believe the world is in trouble because, in my view of things, it certainly is. I’ve mentioned the troubled environment, water, food and trade, population growth, and wars that, if they spread, could destroy our planets and life. Ironically, these are facts we all know. Yet, being helpless in the face of this is not my style.

For this paper, I express myself as the person I think I am and have been. I’ve written about being an independent and self-sufficient guy. It was clear to me early on that I was not a “joiner” or “groupie.” As a participant, I enjoyed the group. Still, I related to them as individuals. I was close to a few, but not to most of them.

Although I went to UCLA to become a professional, I chose to be an entrepreneur instead. I did work for the school system and received my credentials, but I never lost my passion for being me (whatever that meant). So, I created my own organization along with a philosophy that oozed out of me. It’s what I wanted and became. The process pushed and pulled me.

So, when I consider the world and ways to govern it, freedom for each person as a unique self may have to be altered. I am one of the lucky ones who never felt denied or restricted. Yet too many in our country know denial and restriction as their life experience. Hopefully, a world government will find a way to give every human the freedom “to be.” Meanwhile, I can dream of better things to come… Right?

More on My View of the World

Before I go further into my thoughts on our earth and its state, I’d like to discuss who I think I am. In many ways, I feel conflicted.

I’m independent, to be sure, and have always sought to be as much myself as possible. That means my need is to be as free as possible and do my thing my way. As stated in previous papers, I never saw myself as or needed to be a leader. I simply wanted to be me and not what others might want or expect me to be. So, I would say that I was “entrepreneurial,” but it was not about making money or attending school and becoming a professional. Instead, I became a merchant mariner, not as a job but to see the world. This held my interest until my monumental meeting with an officer in Okinawa. My path to walk the rest of my life resulted from his influence on me.

I knew I had a way with people. I liked most, and most liked me. I was a good listener, which I attribute to my brothers and sister and their shared time with me. Still, my independent streak asserted itself, and although I listened to many, it was still my way I followed.

I write this brief about my need to be independent even as I suggest in my papers that world government may be our only answer to our world’s survival. Many issues confront us all collectively. While I’m apparently aging well, I have time to think outside of myself and other organizations to consider the world I live in. It is unavoidable. For millions of individuals, it is about survival. For me, it is about “how do we make it better for those millions and the whole world?” Time is running short.

So, I continue—Still independent a person—And to help others.

Elaborating On the Future

I used to be in two places at the same time. I was always in the present with staff and kids, but when the time presented itself, I investigated the possibilities of visiting Europe as a place to hike and bike with campers and their parents. Why was I considering parents? Because many of them saw the benefits of camp. So, we would talk about what they envied and their own needs as adults. It was an invitation for me to look into a potential activity that was not common at the time. Whether the trips would remain combined or separate—one for children and one for adults— was also considered. Education and adventure were the clear benefits.

The point is that future focus was not an uncommon occurrence for me when time allowed. And now, I have the time to consider the future of our world. From my perspective, the world is having severe environmental difficulties, forcing changes that must be dealt with—air quality, drinking water, and growing the world’s food, are but a few.

All of this is serious enough, but what of the capabilities numerous nations have to destroy it all? At this time, I’m being forced to look into the future because how things are going NOW does not bode well. We must undertake different and better ways to govern and live as the one world we are before there is no time left to ponder any future!

In my opinion, nations that think they can act, live, and prosper independently live in a pipe dream. We need each other. We need to be able to trade and exchange what is full within our basket for what is full in the other’s basket. We need to see our world as a gift none of us can do without, and we all need to share in its care. Much more to come.

I live here with you—We need what we each can do—This is good for all.


Getting to Know Each Other

Dinner is our social time, and usually, we eat in the bar. It’s open seating, reservations are not required as in the restaurant, and we never know who we will be seated with. Sometimes we meet people who have just moved in, or more often, we sit with people we know well.

Our conversation flows easily when we sit with people or individuals we know. The usual opening with people we do not know is, “where are you from? What did you do for a living, or are you a mother of children? If so, how many? Where do they live, what do they do, etc.?” In other words, we search for and make a connection. With new people, we make this our responsibility. With people we know, it’s mutual and easy.

Most are well educated, and we enjoy hearing their stories and questioning them when needed. Comfort is so important, and as expected, almost all of us choose (if the choice is available) to be with people we like and enjoy.

Often our conversation keeps us s at the table for a few hours. And just as often, it’s short and sweet. The subject matter makes a big difference. A recent example is the stories our single guest told us about her professional children and their work. We were so taken by her stories that we asked if she had written them down for her grandchildren. “No” was her answer, and we insisted that she does so as a necessary part of their histories. Apparently, we made an impression, as she recently informed us that she has begun to write her stories. Wonderful!


On the People We Live With

As I mentioned in a recent paper, we live in a Senior Village. The accommodations are between a fine hotel and a resort, but neither. Yet, it is unique. The corporation that owns and operates this complex has others around the country. They are all available to us if visiting any of those locations is on our mind. Next door to us is a total care facility. Assisted care is not offered here, but we live as well as possible for people of our ages.

The beauty of this place, which is called Revel, are all the people that live here and the staff of professionals who manage it. While the people who manage Revel do it superbly, I’ve chosen to write about the people who have elected to live here.

We reserved our apartment about two and a half years ago, joining some thirty-plus other people who had also committed. Most were primarily single, as there were fewer couples. Since then, it has grown steadily to about 135 residents and a long list of those waiting for apartments to open up. Interestingly, most living here are from back east with children in their 60s and 70s who live here and in Lake Tahoe. Many also have grandchildren here. So, in general, it all allows these families to remain close to each other. Always a good thing.

While many residents are retired teachers of every grade level, there are also many former engineers, technical specialists, and various professionals. Getting people to talk about their histories is easy, probably because we are good listeners and sincerely want to hear their stories. As I’ve always maintained, the more people become comfortable and feel safe, they share.

It’s not a one-way street. We also share our stories if others are interested. Politics, the state of our country, and the world often lead to wonderful discussions. In some cases, the ability to have meaningful conversations can also depend on whether people are trapped by their belief systems. I’ll write more about the people to come.


More on Aging, Revisited

When I’ve written about aging, I am writing about my experiences that are taking place in the present. It’s what I am feeling, thinking, and doing. This paper is about where and how we live and the people we live with. Our senior complex has about 125 apartments, which are either studios or one and two-bedrooms. The building is four stories tall, with the west side facing the Sierras and Mt Rose, offering a complete and beautiful view. The east side faces a Blvd and Freeway that heads north and south. On the north side is a small forest, while the south side borders a short street leading into a small but nice shopping center. Having lived in Reno and its proximity for 42 years, I believe this location is as good as it gets.

The building is entirely rented out with a long waiting list. Having seen other senor facilities in Reno, we believe we live in the best. Also, our apartment is on the corner of the 4th floor, offering us a terrific view of the Sierras and Mt Rose ski area. We have a patio to sit and enjoy the scene when the weather gets warm. We’ve now been here two-and-a-half years.

Our building has a nice bar and restaurant, and we eat most of our dinners in the bar with open seating. We pay a monthly fee for food and service, which includes a cleaning crew each Friday morning. If problems occur in our apartment, we have maintenance people that fix just about anything.

The complex has a heated indoor pool, a small exercise gym, classes for Tai-Chi, Yoga, and more. We also have meeting and cardplaying rooms and a comfortable studio for watching sports/TV and lectures. It takes terrific management to make this all work, and we are blessed to have the right people in the right place. I will write next about the people we live with and our experiences with most of them.


More Thoughts on Aging

I’m going to share with you what my going on towards 96 is about. You must be there to know, and I’m there. Everything else is speculation. Anyone younger who believes they understand aging is blowing in the wind. So, pay attention, and maybe you’ll better understand your aging parents. I certainly hope so.

First, my body is wasting away, and any exercise seems futile. I weigh so much less, but I also eat much less. I’m shrinking before my eyes. At eighteen, I was 5ft,9in, and weighed in at about 180 hard rock. Today I am 5ft 6″ and weigh about 130. As for exercise, if the weather is warmer, and I mean warmer, I can go and enjoy relatively long walks.

Walks are something special for me because about four months back, I could not walk five feet without stopping to catch my breath. I used oxygen 24/7, even during sleep. Today, I am off oxygen and can walk long distances without any shortness of breath. Is this normal? Not according to my Hospice Nurse. She says I’m the rarest bird she has worked with. Oh well, that’s aging for me. But, as I’ve come to understand, aging is different for different people.

My mind remains sharp. I can write one pager’s as is this, poetry, and Haikus pour out of me. In other words, I’m still creative and feel that I can still enjoy genuine dialogue with the many wonderful people that visit and bring goodies, too.

What is clear to me is that aging is unique to those who are way up there in the years lived. I’m old and grateful to be here as I am. I enjoy each day as a gift. I know this and accept it as it is. “What will be, will be.” I’m okay with that.

Old is different—Each person that gets there, knows—It is what it is.


Remembering a Complex Member of our Family

Deever Jenkins passed away. Most of you, of course, did not know him, but lots of us did. He came to Purple Sage Day Camp as a little boy in the fifties and stayed with us until camp Shasta ended in 1970.

I write “he was complex,” and he was. Bright and caring, he was a contributor and always did a wonderful job when responsible for others. In fact, we thought him good enough to take over camp in the seventies. He always contributed what he could to help make things better for others. To that point, he and another long-term camper ran a successful day camp program for a large temple in Las Vegas. Lenette and I were very proud of the job they did.

He loved surfing and made this activity his “go-to” until he suffered a head injury. He also loved fishing, which was something he and another camper took very seriously. He leaves behind two adult children and a remarkable sister.
Deever’s history ultimately played an important part in his life; In his late teens and early twenties, he demonstrated tremendous leadership potential. He had much to give and did so. We will always remember him.

Deever lived his way—He surfed and loved his fishing—He remains with us.