Soul Food Friday Dec 18th 2020: One of the most Inspiring Zoom Calls of my Life! Day 36- Living/Dying/Living Well from Within with the Beloved Dr. Danny Friedland

Happy Soul Food Friday!
This week: Day 36- Living/Dying/Living Well from Within

For years, I have been “religiously” putting out Soul Food Friday to enrich and nourish your soul and bring some positivity to your week.
This week’s missive really touched my soul, and hope it is as impactful and valuable for you!

Living/Dying/Living Well From Within:

Today, I had one of the most extraordinary and inspirational zoom calls of my life!

What started out as my aspiration to serve Dr. Danny, ended up with the power and promise of something much greater- to serve all of humanity.

Some of you know our dear friend, Dr. Daniel Friedland (or “Dr. Danny” as he is affectionately known to many of us). 
Danny is the author of Leading Well from Within, which captures his brilliance on the science and practice of Conscious Leadership, has served as the Co-Chair of the San Diego Chapter of Conscious Capitalism, and the two of us were Co-Chairs of the Cause Conference in 2017 on Purpose-Driven Leadership, where I fell in love with him!
We are currently both advisors to the Conscious Capitalism San Diego Board and have worked together on several other projects on Leadership & Culture.

I am deeply grateful to Danny, for how he shows up in the world, leading authentically without pretension, fostering love and belonging, and caring deeply for everyone he comes into contact with around the world.
Today, I’m sorry to have to share some painful news, that will be a shock to many of you, so please brace yourself…
That said, I promise you this email and included links will end on an uptick of how Danny and his family are choosing to make meaning of this challenging life experience in ways that, rightly understood and applied will benefit us all.

On November 12th, Dr. Danny, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer (Grade 4 Glioblastoma). 
What he has been experiencing in rapidly coming to terms with a shortened life at this time is truly astonishing!
He is living into the full bloom of his work of “Leading Well from Within” and is experiencing and modeling a new level of awakening of conscious leadership.
Danny shared with me that he is actually feeling blessed by his cancer.
What’s emerged for him is a new found clarity of what matters most now, which is to make every moment count in experiencing intensely loving relationships, and leaving a lasting legacy with his work. 

One of the main ways Danny and his family is making meaning at this time is sharing with us all they are learning on their journey.

They have just launched a YouTube channel called, Living Well from Within, which is a natural evolution of Danny’s work on Leading Well from Within, where Danny is finding an even greater sense of purpose to lead and serve more consciously during this challenging time. 
Danny’s family wants to share this channel with other families (both home and work families) as an unfolding playlist, which you might choose to binge watch as you would a “Netflix series.”
This playlist serves as an ongoing real-life human drama, which is also filled with transformational lessons that facilitate healing, growth and elevating the lives of individuals, communities and humanity at large.
Here is the link:

There are currently more than 90 videos in the playlist, and the magic of what’s unfolding is truly extraordinary. There are multiple rich plot lines, all connected by the overarching theme of healing, growth and elevating humanity. 
A big part of Danny’s purpose with this channel is to shine light, not on himself, but rather other individuals and organizations that are already doing the good work of elevating others. This is why he feel so strongly about featuring us in this channel. 

As you will discover, what Danny is doing is leveraging whatever time his has remaining, while viewing his cancer as a blessing that is providing him the opportunity to reach into his extensive network of loving relationship to catalyze a coalition. He is ultimately looking to mobilize a movement of individuals & organizations that are engaged in the work of facilitating healing, growth and elevating humanity in this time of historic need and opportunity.
Dr. Danny’s realization is that to have a strong & meaningful influence, and to shine a bright light- numbers matter. He wants to build a subscriber base that would ultimately ensure that these videos would be seen by millions of people. Imagine what this would mean to a movement and ability to catalyze this mission to elevate humanity if these videos were seen by countless leaders across the globe? 

My Ask of You:
What I am asking each of you to do is to click the red subscribe button on the playlist page or below any of the videos and also to share this far and wide in your social networks with a call to action for others to subscribe as well.
Let us join him and take the first small step in doing so.

Please subscribe to the Living Well from Within channel playlist and encourage others in your social network to do so too! 
Here is the link to our interview, today, on Day 36 of this journey: Day 36: A blessed holy conversation, with Neville Billimoria, SVP of Mission Federal Credit Union – YouTube

Footnote: Earlier this year, in response to the pandemic, Danny and I co-lead a webinar entitled: “Leading Consciously in Challenging Times” Dr. Danny graciously created a webpage so he could also offer everyone a gift of the pdf Book of his Book Summary of Leading Well from Within. Here’s the link to both:

And here is a link to the video converted just to audio if you prefer to listen to it:
Thanks Dr. Danny!

Your Kindness Calendar for December 2020:

Thanks this week go to the inestimable Dr. Danny for his generosity of spirit, Joseph A for the audio version of the Leading Consciously content, Elyce D for the kindness calendar, and Dani K for helping me get Soul Food Friday out every week.

Please PLEASE pay it forward with purpose!



“Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel.”
King Solomon

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