Beach Walk 720 – Unruffled: That is My Goal

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I admire Barack Obama’s ability to stay cool in public. David Brooks, of the New York Times, pointed this out to me – that in fact over two years of intense campaigning, he did not rant, did not get petty. This sense of resolve and non-ranting in public is a Hawaiian value, onipaʻa, from the the time of the overthrow of the monarchy. It was the motto of King Kamehameha V and Queen Liliʻuokalani. You will find that ranting in public will not get you many results here in the land of Aloha.

Hawaiian Word:
Onipaʻa; _determination, resolute_

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  1. Susan and my dog Lexie says

    I think one of the reasons the “Leaf me Alone” episode stands out is because we don’t usually see the irritated Rox coming out (for those that don’t recall, that show was about spammers spiraling out of control). Seeing five minutes of you daily on Beach Walks is also leaving out the other 23 hours, 55 minutes of your day, but I can attest that knowing you beyond these moments is only added bliss. Your intelligence, curiosity and depth of thinking are the constants that make their appearances. But you become well-rounded, too, when adding any spice and zing. It’s all good.

  2. You raise an interesting point, Rox.
    Aside from obvious racial aspects that make him unique among presidents, Barack was an uncommonly level-headed candidate.

    I look forward to see how things play out in his presidency.
    Going to be interesting!

  3. Great episode. Great stuff on being level-headed. Lots to learn from this episode.


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