Category Archives: Leadership

The Good, The True, & The Beautiful Vol. 1

What we look for we find.

If you want bad news, there’s plenty of it.

And if you want to experience some good news, you can find that too…if you’ll just look around.

I look and listen a lot and now I plan to start sharing what I’m finding, seeing, and hearing for you to enjoy and share in.

Yes! There is music amidst the noise and it’s good, it’s true, and it’s beautiful.

Here we go! (click the links!)

The Good

Logic Says Be Happy to Be You on CBS Sunday Morning // Loved this story!

USC’s long snapper, who is blind talks about his inspiration story to field – ESPN// This is such a good story!

The True

Reading Information Aloud to Yourself Improves Memory – NeuroscienceNews.com // You know your talk to yourself…now it’s ok (and good) to read to yourself.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their kids tech-free — and it should have been a red flag – BusinessInsider.com  // Interesting data.

The Beautiful

Moses Sumney performs on NPR’s Tiny Desk Conert Series // Hold onto your soul…Moses is going to make it fly!

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A different approach

We need to profess some truth.

If today is just like last Monday, we’re going to go to sleep tonight frustrated, unengaged, unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and without joy.

And even worse, we might just wake up tomorrow with regret.

If we want a different day, then we need to look differently, take different steps, and create different action.

Have you tried empathy?

Have you accepted the law of process?

Have pursued plans b-z?

Have you owned your responsibility?

Same old same old is on me. It’s on you. It’s on us.

 

 

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Podcast No. 80 // A Conversation with Kyle Steed

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Transformation, identity, authenticity, change, perception, process, beauty, and time, these are the great mysteries that an artist seeks to dissect, understand, experience and somehow convey through their craft. When you experience the work of Kyle Steed this is precisely what happens…a universal truth within you is dissected, better understood, experienced, and conveyed. Known for his public mural works, Kyle always finds a way to change the space, the air, and the atmosphere of everywhere his work has a chance to be offered to the world.

Kyle joins us in podcast No. 80 as we talk about what it means to be human, his story of finding his path thus far, and the hope for his work in our beautiful world.

You can stream this episode and all other episodes in iTunes, Stitcher, and at AshtonGustafson.com.

Please feel free to share this conversation as we set the table for us all to tune up together as one.

Be love,

Ashton

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Where to begin?

Begin with your breath.

The one right now.

The one sustaining your life in this moment.

Be with it until you recognize it for the gift it is and the gift it always has been.

If you can’t find it (satisfaction, fulfillment, freedom, joy, Heaven, etc.) here then you won’t find it in the next breath, moment, minute, hour, day, or year.

Our breath grounds us and if we are aware of it, it will open us.

Now that you’re grounded and open to receive the moment, begin with the surrounding ground just beneath your feet.

If you can’t find it (satisfaction, fulfillment, freedom, joy, Heaven, etc.) here you won’t find it in the next place, setting, job, city, state, or season.

Now that you’ve properly located ‘where to begin’, the universe will offer an endless supply and abundance of ‘what to begin’ next.

The question isn’t ‘Is it available?’.

The question is ‘Are we?’.

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Habitual Yes’s and Habitual No’s.

It’s pretty easy to see the current state of our collective and habitual yes’s. We don’t have to look far. Unfortunately, you’re probably even looking at it directly right now….the screen.

Facebook, ‘likes’, tweets, retweets, Netflix, and the NFL…these screens have captured our yes’s.

This collective yes, has caused us to collectively say no to life. By life I mean the depth and width and color and flavor of the human experience. The space where we can hold beauty, walk with mystery, embrace paradox, and pursue unity in-lieu of uniformity.

When we say no to life, we stop the progression towards something better and more beautiful than we can imagine. On the other hand, a yes to life is a yes to resurrection, renewal, communion, diversity, and togetherness – the themes of all great stories we share and remember.

So what happens if we start to collectively say no to such things? Of course quitting cold turkey probably isn’t the fix here. But what if little by little, your no’s offered you more space to say yes.

Could some silence in the morning be the seed sown to reap your music throughout the day?

What if you read the classics instead of scrolling through everyone’s SOS plea via their latest “I’m a victim” rant?

Could a note written to a friend move them more than a casual text sent with emojis?

What if you just started with saying no to Cyber Monday?

We have to say no to say yes.

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