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Composer, author and philanthropist Peter Buffett on finding your own path to life fulfillment.


Courage and Community

Peter Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is an Emmy Award-winning composer, NY Times best-selling author and noted philanthropist. Currently, he is releasing socially-conscious music and touring his "Concert & Conversation" series in support of his book Life Is What You Make It.
 
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Well, it finally happened. I really couldn’t come up with anything to write when the time came to write it. So, with permission, I’m posting something that a friend wrote to his colleagues over the holidays because I certainly couldn’t have said it better. This was written by Martin Ping from Hawthorne Valley Farm:

Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other. —Albert Einstein

The concept that we are separate is a worn and tired idea that resides at the root of many, if not all, of our modern crises. The Cartesian split has played itself out. A new consciousness is waiting to be born to replace the foundational thinking on which our systems are built. Reductionism must give way to context again. Mechanization must be reimagined as biomimicry. An opaque financial system based on anonymous transaction must transition to a true economy based on relationship and caring. The dichotomies of man and nature, mind and body, spirit and matter must be made whole in order that we may remember ourselves in the universe. Collectively, humanity will co-author the new narrative that imbues all life with meaning, purpose, and integrity.

This is the great work of our time. It is work best undertaken as a community. Wendell Berry notes that “a proper community answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of all its members–including the need to be needed.” We are here for the sake of each other. Learning forgiveness is part of what community is for, inviting seeds of peace to be sown for the future. The season’s festivals inspire us to have courage and ignite our inner light against the darkness. Courage derives from the French cour, meaning heart. May we take heart and have the courage to inform our thinking, guide our feeling, and direct our willing with the light of love.

What do you think? Share your story at changeourstory.com. Visit www.peterbuffett.com to learn more and Change Our Story to join the conversation on how we all can become active participants in shaping our future.  

Image courtesy of Hawthorne Valley Farm Greenmarket Blog