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Sep 23

Make Life Better

Posted on Sunday, September 23, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values

Why Come To TreeHouse?

You’ll learn you’re not alone in dealing with any issue.
You’ll learn how to support someone else in need.
You’ll realize you’re lovable, capable and worthwhile.

At TreeHouse you will always be listened to and what you say matters to others.

Mentoring at TreeHouse Makes Life Better

Decrease at-risk behavior – 98% reduce at least one at-risk behavior
Build healthy relationships with God, self & others – 81% choose to
Graduate High School – 24% more likely to graduate than their peers
Pursue an educational or vocational track for their future – 93% choose to

Bullying
– 87% of self-identified bullies decrease their bullying;
– 80% victims of bullying experience less bullying

I heard a story I’ll never forget. 1

My three year old son had a lot of problems with potty training; and I was on him constantly. One day we stopped at Taco Bell for a quick lunch between errands. It was very busy, with a full dining room.

While enjoying my taco I smelled something funny, so of course I checked my seven month old daughter. And she was clean. Then I realized that Matt had not asked to go potty in a while, so I asked, and he said, “No.”

I kept thinking, “Oh Lord, that child has had an accident and I don’t have any clothes with me.”

Then I said, “Matt, are you sure you did not have an accident?” “No,” he replied.

I just knew that he must have had, because the smell was getting worse.

So I asked one more time, “Matt, did you have an accident?”

This time he jumped up, yanked down his pants, bent over and spread his cheeks and yelled “SEE MOM, IT’S JUST FARTS!”

While 100 people nearly choked to death on their tacos, he calmly pulled up his pants and sat down to eat his food as if nothing had happened.

102 People, 3 Reactions

That mom could laugh about it later, but at the time she felt humiliated. She was the only one in the room who did even thought they all shared the same moment at the same time.

Many times people with similar life experiences react the same.
– Watch a scary movie, we feel scared
– Listen to a love song, we feel sentimental
– Hear a baby laugh, we smile

In that Taco Bell one hundred people nearly laughed themselves to death, one boy felt vindicated, and one mom felt humiliated.

They may have felt different feelings in that Taco Bell.
On the other hand, we may feel the same feelings in different situations.

Different situations, same feelings.

 

1 – But you might remember it from Taco Bell Thursday!  =)

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