To live. To dare. To care. To stand for something

I remember reading, a very long time ago, that our life could be seen as a novel, and that when we were in a part of the story that was difficult, it was useful to stand back and remember that it was but a chapter of the story.

While life at that moment might have felt extreme, the challenges seemingly  insurmountable, to remember that soon, in a time not yet determined, the page would turn, the chapter would end, and a new episode would begin.

Great novels, great stories, are the ones that have massive peaks, exciting turns, seeming impossibilities to overcome. They keep us hooked because we do not know what will happen. 

A life of smooth sailing, absent storms, filled only with sunshine and roses, is not the story we want to be told, nor perhaps the life we want to live.

We want the daring adventure. To read of those who risked it all for something they cared about. Who set their vision towards an unknown shore.

As Helen Keller said. Life is ether a daring adventure or nothing.

To remember this when times seem hard. To remember to seize life with our whole being. Take it all on.

We do not need to create drama, or be drama. For to do so is to be turmoil without going anywhere.

But to live. To dare. To care. To stand for something. 


All. The peaks. The alleys. Joys. Sorrows. To celebrate it all.

Photo taken May 18th, 2020

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About Christine McDougall


As the Founder and Chief Steward of – Christine works with leaders and enterprises globally who have a commitment to being the pioneers of enterprise change. Christine has the ability to completely re-imagine business, its role in our world, and its potential for a future for all humans. She experiences a deeper level of truth through applying synergetics (Buckminster Fuller’s anticipatory design science) and the working laws of Universe to enterprise design and human co-ordination. She has a way of articulating this so others can see it as well. Christine questions the most basic assumptions that drive our complex systems and can map that back to what is needed today. She is committed to the creation of Syntropic enterprises as ubiquitous.

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P.S. Whenever you’re ready… here are 7 ways Christine and Team Syntropic might help you steward your enterprise for a world with a future.

1. Purchase the ebook, Speak the Truth for just $10. Our most important work is in human to human relationships. Often the greatest pain of our lives is when these relationships at home and in our work break down. This is a powerful tool that has restored the human connection in many of the most broken relationships. The 7 step process covered in Speak the Truth has been delivered to thousands around the world in The Dare to Care Workshop.

2. Masterclass – Syntropic Enterprise Design and Strategy. The masterclass seeds a new school of business and enterprise design for a world with a future. Online, on demand and live. For more,

3. Enterprise Architecture Launchpad – a four day intensive experience for enterprise teams of up to twenty to shift towards becoming a Syntropic Enterprise. For more information,

4. Unplanning Obsolescence One Day Strategy Session – a team experience to consider a whole systems approach to strategy through becoming a Syntropic Enterprise. For more information,

5. Off-site retreats for Steward leaders in the process of deep change. Be this change personal, at the enterprise level, or both. Rather than a “health retreat/spa” step into a space that enables both self refection and other refection towards the fullest expression of your Pattern Integrity in the world.

6. Warm Data Labs – to consider a trans-contextual response to complex problems, evoking the collective brilliance available when we look at the whole system by design.

7. Dare to Care workshop – How to speak the radical truth with compassion. Delivered to thousands of people around the world, the Dare to Care workshop starts with the premise that I need to care more about you than what you think about me.

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