founder of naked leader
Naked Leader Week – 112 (w/c Monday 11 July 2005)
The world of goodness will, and must, rise again
The tragic events in London, coupled with the ongoing wars, hunger and fear around the globe, once again remind us of the urgent need to connect the forces for good in our world, and to ensure we leave it a better place for future generations.
To this end, I send again nlweek 100 – if you did nothing last time, please do so this time
With hope for us all
Together, by spreading the word by word of web, and word of mouth, we can build a force for good that numbers one million people. One million people, cutting across geographical, religious and political boundaries, by the end of 2005, uniting with a common belief:
We will leave the world a better place than we found it, by believing in:
Us and Us, not us and them: “I and the world are one. Everyone has value, and it is our unique differences make the world special, and I celebrate these.”
Taking action, not just talking action: “I make a positive difference in the lives of others, every day, and would want to be remembered for the good that I have done.”
Hope over Fear: “I respect and care for those who feel vulnerable and scared, and help them reclaim their birthright to be at one with themselves, the world and everyone in it.”
Love over Hate: “Most people are good, and do not hurt or harm others. I celebrate this, and play my part in eradicating conflict, violence and war from our planet.”
These are the cornerstone beliefs from the e-mails and ideas you have sent to me, and shared with each other. As Clive in New Zealand wrote to me: “It is easy to be cynical; it is far more rewarding to take action, so David, through you I ask every person who reads this milestone naked leader week 100, what are you, personally going to do?”
I believe there are four actions we can take:
ONE: Send this e-mail on to everyone you know, who you believe would want the world to be a better place, for our next generation. And ask them to do the same. This is not a chain-mail – no harm will come to you if you do not send it on! In this case, please spread the message by word of mouth. By the way, however you spread it, there is no need to mention naked leader at all.
TWO: Please identify and tell me about all of the amazing forces for good out there in the world, which are already doing this. They may be people, charities, organisations or communities. Most businesses are a force for good in the world, what is yours doing? Together we can and will bring these together, so that people can find the method and people that work for them.
THREE: Live by the four beliefs, each and every day, some examples:
Us and Us, not us and them: e.g. Listen, really listen to someone who has a different view from you. Do not judge them, rather rejoice, knowing what a boring world it would be if we all felt the same. And if you feel really brave, lose an argument.
Taking action, not just talking action: e.g. Each and every day, do one thing to help someone whose life you touch, and one action to help a total stranger. Start each day asking, “how and who can I help today”
Hope over Fear: e.g. Respect older people, who may be frail and frightened. Seek out someone who lives near you and simply ask if you can help them in any way e.g. by shopping for them
Love over Hate: e.g. For three full days (or longer), never run anyone else down behind their back – in other words, never say anything behind someone’s back that you would not say to their face.
FOUR: Whatever you choose to do. You may have your own ideas, or mission. Please, share them with others.