Happiest of New Years to all my readers, clients and students!
As I reflect on 2022 and look forward to the new year of 2023 I realize that the many challenges of the past year for me personally and us collectively, though difficult and painful at times, have been the seeds of transformation in my life. Each unexpected event, be it my health challenges, the mold in our home and need to demolish our house of 40 years, and all the financial implications of these events have led to change, transformation and unexpected blessings. My wife Michael’s poem “Creation, Dissolution, Transformation” says beautifully what this year has been for us:
“CREATION, DISSOLUTION, TRANSFORMATION” published September 2020 by Kind Over Matter
We laugh, we cry,
Our tears turn to jewels
And decorate the sky,
Displaying a creation of wonder.
We breathe in Life
And transform the strife
Of a nightmare
To beauty and thunder.
Evolution is the game,
All is the same
As it twists into reality,
How fortunate to see
What it is to be free
And wander without judgment or blame,
To welcome change
And appreciate the range
Of experience the mystery holds,
As we reach the summits
And plummet to the depths,
While unwrapping our Divine nature.
The atom so profound
Changes all around,
Wearing many masks of reality,
Underneath we are the same
And that’s the whole game
in the phases of coming and going.
No need to be afraid
To release what we’ve made
in order to fulfill our potential
Break the old mold,
Transform lead to gold,
We are alchemists
In the dance of creation.
As in nature, when things die, they decompose through mold and other fungi to break down the current form and transform it into nutrients for new life forms.
This is the process of transformation we see in nature when leaves lose their green color and turn into the colors of Fall; they fall, decompose and become the nutritious dirt that feeds the trees and all of nature—creation, dissolution, transformation.
My son as a toddler, was sad when he thought all the trees were dying when it turned Fall. In his innocence, he saw what looked like death and realized that it was part of the perfect design of nature to transform and grow. As human beings having a human experience that can often be filled with challenges, death, pain, disappointment and the unexpected, we too can feel fearful and disappointed when life takes an unexpected turn. As we realize the very natural process of human change, we begin to see these challenges as openings and signals for deeper realizations, changes in direction, and openings for opportunities we couldn’t have imagined.
“It’s always darkest before dawn.” This wise saying has always seemed true to me as I reflect on my 75 years on this planet. Knowing this truth has helped me let go more quickly and become curious about the unknown next steps my life takes.
This has been very true with my health challenges due to Lyme disease and now mold contamination in our home and bodies. As I get quiet, reflect and open myself to see the next turn, the next opportunity, I hear the voice of insight and wisdom guiding me each step of the way.
We will be demolishing our home soon as we remediate all our belongings and moved into our new rental home as our new home is being designed. By this time next year, we hope to be resettled into our new house on the same property. Our health continues to improve steadily. On the horizon professionally I will be focusing on writing a new book, teaching the next generation of Three Principles coaches and therapists, and continuing to see my existing clients and occasionally taking on a new one as time permits.
The new book was a surprise to me. I thought I was done writing after “Thriving in the Eye of the Hurricane” was published a year ago. But to my surprise, in a dream, I got a “download” of a new book: “My Magic Carpet Ride” which is part autobiographical and part teaching the Principles behind following our dreams and inspirational insight that has guided each phase of my life, whether I knew it at the time or not. In hindsight, I see the perfection of all the challenges and opportunities that have taken me into worlds I never imagined and creating programs, books, and travels I never thought I was capable of. It has felt like the “carpet,” knew where it was going and I just had to let it take me into the unknown to all the blessings of my amazing life experience.
I will keep you posted with short video blogs as I go forward and give you glimpses of the book as it unfolds. Feel free to write me if you have comments or questions.
My book “Thriving in the Eye of the Hurricane” is currently on sale for 30% off on Mango.bz @mangopulishinggroup until January 31st. Grab a copy for yourself or as a gift for the New Year!
All the best to you in the New Year,
With love, Joe
Season 1-2 Speakers and Episodes:
Now watch all 17 episodes of “Thriving in the Eye of the Hurricane,” Season-1
- Watch Episode #1 (Airdate: May 18th)
Featuring Beverley Wilson Hayes
- Watch Episode #2, (Airdate June 8th)
Resilience in Action: Healthcare and Healing
Featuring Teresa Walding RN, Louise O’Dailgh RN, and Debbie Milam
- Watch Episode #3 (Airdate: June 29)
Resilience in Action: The Body/Mind Connection Featuring Chana Studley, John El’Mokadem
- Watch Episode #4 (Airdate: July 20)
Resilience in Action: Transforming Corrections and Inmates in Recovery
Featuring: Jacqueline Hollows, Derrik Mason, Omar Wilson, and Peter Mears
- Watch Episode #5 (Airdate: August 10).
Resilience in Action: Transforming Communities at High Risk
Featuring: Joyce Davis (Bronx), Lloyd Fields ( South Carolina), Cynthia Stennis (Miami, Florida)
- Watch Episode #6 (Airdate: August 31) Featuring Michael Neill: Coach, Trainer, Author (“The Inside-Out Revolution”), and Consultant Michael Neill who wrote the forward to my new book
- Watch Episode #7 (Airdate: September 21)
“Resilience in Action: Transforming Schools, Children, Parents, and Education” with Barb Aust, Christa Campsall, and Gary Johnson
- Watch Episode #8 Airdate: (October 12) Panel Discussion.
“The 3 P’s facilitates True Recovery from Addictions” with Panel: Danielle Guinaugh, Lisa Portinga, Jacqueline Hollows, Bryan Johnson
- Watch Episode #9 (Airdate: November 2) “Seeing Beyond Our Differences” with Mavis Karn, Judy Sedgeman, and Officer Jerry Williams
- Watch Episode #10 (Airdate: November 23) “The Renaissance of Resilience” –Speakers Amy Johnson, Ph.D. and Mahima Shrestha
- Watch Episode #11 (Airdate: December 14) “Working Smarter Not Harder” —Ken Manning, Robin Charbit, Sandra Krot
- Watch Episode #12 (Airdate: January 12, 2021) “Insight and Athletic Performance” –Speakers Matt Roberts and Denise Holland
- Watch Episode #13 (Airdate: February 15, 2022) “Welcome Readers! To a Conversation with Joe Bailey, on Thriving in the Eye of the Hurricane” –Speakers Joe Bailey
- Watch Episode #14 (Join us live on Zoom: March, 22nd at 1 p.m.) “Seeing beyond our differences” Speaker Omar Ben Moussa
- Upcoming Episode #15 with Debbie Milam Live on Zoom: April, 19th at 1 pm (CDT) “Resilience: Life, Love, Death, and Everything in Between”
- Watch Episode #16 with Joseph Nguyen Live on Zoom: May, 17th at 1 pm (CDT) “helping others realize their divine purpose…”
- Watch Episode #17 with Marina Galan -Airdate: (Time -Changed) June, 28th “Sharing the 3P with the Spanish-speaking community worldwide”