Posted on Friday, October 3, 2014
in Music, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values
I spent hours this week listening to and reading the lyrics of the current Billboard Hot 100. Musicians are often viewed as spokespersons of their generation.
For the cynics among us, it’s not all bad news.
At TreeHouse every week we remind our teens that “you’re not alone” because so many people – young and old – feel like they are the only one dealing with those feelings and thoughts. So it’s good news that two of the most popular songs have self-affirming messages.
Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass”
I have a friend learning to overcome her addiction. She’s at Hazelden looking for hope and skills. Last month Robin Williams was doing the same thing.
Sadly, yesterday the news spread that he’d given up his search.
…parents give up
…the tempted give in
…spouses give up
…students drop out
…employers lessen expectations
…lovers give in
…lonely people lower standards
…people give up.
Too often people
…feel all alone
In my experience people feel hope-less far more often than they need to.
Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
in Emotional, Relational, Social, TreeHouse
To paraphrase a great quote: “Good people inspire themselves; great people inspire others.”
I love that my life is filled with people like my friend Bianca. Her courage, determination and resolve inspires me to be better at what I do.
Thanks to Bianca, and all the rest of you who don’t settle and want more
You can read more about Bianca’s courage and TreeHouse’s contribution to her life here.
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Note: This is part 3 of the series, By The Numbers. Catch up if you need to:
1. Paint By Numbers.
2. By The Numbers.
It’s 2:38 A.M.
Few people who know me well would be surprised that I’m awake. Almost everyone would be surprised that it’s 2:38 A.M. and I just woke up.
I’m a night owl, but last night I had to go to bed early for a 4:15 A.M. wake up.
Predictably I didn’t need an alarm. Predictably, I didn’t want to startle Amy awake at 4:15 A.M. Predictably, I woke up early enough not to need an alarm.
I don’t always realize how worry and anxiety affect me. In fact, if asked I would say that I don’t worry very often.
But then something happens, it happens most often in competitive settings.
I want to live a joy-filled life, but too often I have settled for wanting to be successful.
Success or Joy?
When have I chosen the pursuit of success over joy?
I complain when I think Halo or Call of Duty is being unfair to me.
I yell at myself – out loud – when I make a mistake playing tennis.
I become commanding when l am playing football. 1
I pout when my teammates make mistakes.
Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
in Emotional, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Who are you when no one is looking?
What do you do when no one sees?
Who’s paying attention?
Today at TreeHouse we we able to answer those questions for one of our colleagues. In an almost unanimous vote Bill Goon was awarded our annual Teamwork award.
Bill won because when no one is looking, he’s working. When no one sees what he’s doing, he’s doing what he should do.
Throughout the year Bill makes it possible for every van-driving direct-service staff to:
– Transport teens to programming
– Provide life-transforming one-on-ones.
– Laugh their way to and from trips.
– Enjoy great activities.
– And, do so safely for more than 20 vehicles!
Angi, in response to Legacy Measuring Stick commented, “What is your legacy measuring stick? and “What’s a next step for you to make progress?” Not a clue…”
In case you missed it, I replied:
Isaiah and his listeners had a similar concern.
That’s why God taught them:
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!”
So, each of us should live present in the moment.
While we pray, listen and wait.
Give it time.
It will become more evident.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
in How To, Relational, TreeHouse, Values
“Legacy is not about what you gain from this life but what you give,” wrote Daniel Henderson. “Even people of meager means and difficult circumstances can focus their life on a greater cause and the needs of others.” 1
Andrew Carnegie, one of the wealthiest U.S. businessmen of the nineteenth century, summarized it well: “No man becomes rich unless he enriches others.” 2
I might be having a mid-life crisis.
But, Actually I think I’m experiencing a mid-life challenge.
Maybe it was the TreeHouse, “Aspire To Reach Higher” Gala.
Last night The Tenors enjoyed time with both TreeHouse teens and TreeHouse supporters. During the time with the teens they shared some stories, took some questions, and listened to teens. They also offered two suggestions.
“Listen…compassionately to others;” it’s what helps the band to overcome the tensions that arise spending 300 days a year together on the road.
Their second piece of advice echoed their own story of rising from obscurity in Canada to become international favorites: “Find something you’re passionate about and put your heart into it (even when others doubt you).”
Today is the TreeHouse Gala. It’s a celebration of TreeHouse’s 30-year legacy of Love – Hope – Transformation.
This year our Gala theme is “Aspire: It’s Time To Reach Higher.” It’s a wonderful invitation and a challenge. It’s also an indication of the legacy TreeHouse is building on.
Here is what we have been learning about the impact of TreeHouse from Wilder Research.
Key findings for our four goals for teens:
98% of TreeHouse teens* report a decrease in at-risk behavior since coming to TreeHouse