Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012
in Emotional, Intellectual, Reviews, Social, Values
Author and speaker Phil Callaway took an oath of honesty for one year, and wrote about what he discovered.
“To Be Perfectly Honest” is formatted as a year-long diary, with 365 entries chronicling the author’s year of trying to tell the truth.
I found “To Be Perfectly Honest” to be very good at exposing weaknesses in our lives; in MY life.
Though I was taught better, I grew up an insecure liar. As an adult I am committed to telling the truth, but I am amazed how often “little white lies” creep out unexpectedly when talking to a stranger in the phone who is not giving me the customer service I think I want and deserve.
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
While driving through the mountains of Colorado more than once I felt afraid. While there are times when fear is unwarranted, trying to drive along a road, without guardrails, with blind curves which with almost 180-degree turns, I felt the discomfort — my fear — was justified.
Some fears are justified, some not. Sometimes we’re blinded by fear. 1
Blinded By Fear
Robert McGee has identified nine reactions — what I’m calling blind spots — people have when encumbered by a fear of failure.
Yesterday I identified the first four reactions, here are the other five:
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
in Emotional, Sports, Values
Kobe Bryant is one of the best basketball players to ever play the game. On the other hand, according to a recent ESPN article by Henry Abbott, Bryant’s fear of failure blinds him from experiencing even greater success.
After missing 22 shots in a New Year’s Day loss to Denver, Bryant scoffed at reporters who hinted that he should have passed the ball to teammates: “If you’re asking me if I’m going to shoot less,” he said, “the answer is no. It starts with me. I do what I do. We play off of that, and that’s not going to change.”
Posted on Friday, February 3, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values
I’ve made many mistakes in my life.
Many of them could easily have been avoided.
Fortunately, not one of my mistakes has ended in the headlines.
Dallas Morning News reported today that Major League baseball player, “Rangers’ Josh Hamilton has relapse with alcohol at area bar.” USA Today, Washington Post, Fox Sports, it’s on the news, it’s filling the headlines.
“Someone went to a bar” is hardly news. “Someone had a few drinks” isn’t either. Unless that someone is, as Jeff Passan described him, the “most famous addict in sports.” Then, everyone who knows about you knows that that’s a problem. Josh Hamilton’s story of self-destruction, sobriety, redemption and success have been well-documented including his autobiographical Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back.
Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
in Emotional, Financial, Values
When I was a child I loved black licorice, cherry licorice, chocolate, and, well, almost all candy. Candy was tasty, and in short supply in my house. Candy, I believed, brought me happiness. I wanted candy, and I needed cash to buy candy.
I picked up pennies in the ground, checked phone booths and candy machines for unclaimed change. I was always on the lookout for stray money.
When I was eleven or so I went with a youth leader and a group of boys for pizza. I must admit I’m not certain what my previous experiences were in restaurants, but I know what I did that night.
Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2011
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
In this series on shame we had some fun with it, defined it, and practically explained how culturally bound and complicated shame-filled groups can become.
Q – Why Do We Still Choose Shame?
A – Shame “Solves Problems.”
If you are:
1. Are you angry? Smile.
2. Feeling afraid? Act tough.
3. Feeling hurt? Hide it.
4. Feeling like a mess? Cover it up.
5. Feeling weak? Tough it out.
6. Feeling worried? Don’t worry. Be happy.
7. Just got “caught’? Deny it.
It might seem like problem solving, but sublimating can easily become shaming.
Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
To recap, I had lost faith, given up hope and my solutions I chose left me feeling guilty, dirty and foolish.
Any one of my miserable days, lonely nights or stupid decisions could have been life-altering, but it was a conversation with an equally lost friend that changed my life.
Fortunately, since I was seven, a guy named Steve Schesvold, cared about me.
Steve invited me to join him in church.
Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2011
in Social, Spiritual, Values
Recently I’ve written about the value of self-esteem insurance. Access your strengths first. Admit your weaknesses second.
Bad Habit, Deep Roots
Friday while helping friends move I saw Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine. I wanted a menu.
For no apparent reason when I pulled into the parking lot I thought to myself, “I’ll just say I just moved into the neighborhood. They’ll gladly give me a takeout menu.”
It made no sense.
– If they had takeout menus, they would gladly give me one.
– If they did not, saying I was new to the neighborhood would not create one.
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual
I began at TreeHouse in 1989. More than twenty years later and I’m still amazed each week in our support groups. Teens and parents bare their souls, reveal their flaws, expose their wounds and share words of wisdom. I’m so proud of the thousands who have chosen to embrace their pain that they might find healing and wholeness. It’s their courage that inspires me to challenge my other readers to embrace their pain too.
Embracing your pain is hard.
Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social
Why do cutters cut? There are many reasons. Many cutters have a fear of stopping. They feel incapable of dealing with deeper forms of pain without cutting.
Shana Schutte, writing for Focus On The Family, quoted her college roommate, “People who haven’t cut can’t understand how it can make you feel better… but it does. It’s like bursting a huge bubble,” she said. “You feel like you are going to explode and you don’t know what to do with the emotional pain. When you cut, there is a kind of release or freedom in it. Then, it’s like an emotional high. You release all this pain that’s been building and building. Like any addiction, it’s a coping mechanism.”