Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014
in Emotional, Intellectual, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
If you asked me if I struggled with anxiety, most days I would say “no.” If you asked me if I was listening to myself enough to know, I’d probably shrug my shoulders. Usually self-reflection takes a back-seat to busyness.
The Burden & Blessing of Busyness
On Wednesday TreeHouse (my employer) committed a day to “fasting and prayer.” My busyness was set aside. 1
My tendency to be a busyness-burdened workaholic comes from a mashup of my strengths and my fears. According to “Strengths Finder” my strengths (#2-5) include Activator, Learner, Ideation, and Achiever. I like to learn, think through what I’ve learned and put what I’m learning to use, but the fear of rejection cries out “You’re stupid and lazy”; it’s subtle, but it’s relentless.
Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Values
Sunday I wrote about the passion of Dick Butkus Hall of Fame football player. I want to have a clear passion for life. I admire those who do.
Last night I wrote an email to a VP from a prestigious restaurant chain on behalf of a friend.
I work at the Brooklyn Park TreeHouse. I’ve been part of TreeHouse since the 1980s and few of my TreeHouse alumni have been as passionate and enthusiastic about his career plans as Fernando Bueno.
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Social, Spiritual, Values
I’ll be in water, on water and underwater today.
The fear of drowning is one of my fears. It probably always has been a fear, but childhood bullying certainly made it worse. Sometimes I’m not even aware that I’m thinking about it.
Fear will try to stop us.
Doubts will try to stop us.
We’ll be tempted to duck responsibilities.
We’ll be tempted to from taking chances.
We’ll be tempted to lay low and avoid risks.
Fear has paralyzed many people from
– attempting great accomplishments
– facing great questions
– embracing great opportunities
– joining great adventures
– creating something new
– sharing gifts with others
Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
in Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Today, at TreeHouse, is our All-Staff Fiscal Year-End Celebration. Today’s event is our annual review and celebration of what God – through people – has been doing at TreeHouse in the past fiscal year. We’ll enjoy lunch, have fun together and sing celebration songs.
Today will also be the announcement of our “Persons of Hope” award winners.
Each year, staff submit their votes for awards are given to recognize TreeHouse employees for their excellence in what they do. As our Executive Director Becky Walker explained, “we know that some go above and beyond the ‘call of duty’ each and every day and we want to acknowledge those efforts!”
Last year I read Grace by Max Lucado in which I found some profoundly good news.
Jesus does not say, “Come to me, all you who are perfect and sinless.” Just the opposite. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28 NASB).
There is no fine print.
A second shoe is not going to drop.
God’s promise has no hidden language. Let grace happen, for heaven’s sake. No more performing for God, no more clamoring after God. Of all the things you must earn in life, God’s unending affection is not one of them. You have it. Stretch yourself out in the hammock of grace.
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013
in How To, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
I’m on a private retreat – yesterday and today – but I can’t stay alone.
To tired, weary, worn out people like me and you, Jesus Christ said, “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.” 1
It’s a message many of us need to hear.
Yesterday I sent this song to a friend, and today I’m leaving it with the rest of you mysilentscream readers.
“Lay ‘Em Down” by Needtobreathe keeps echoing through my mind, so here it is so it will echo through yours too.
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Social, TreeHouse, Values
Recently I sat among a group of people all of whom respected one another. We share some common goals. We share some common hopes and dreams. While we were discussing those goals and hopes and dreams, one person spoke up.
The room of people turned.
We looked and listened.
She is well-respected.
She is respect-worthy.
She has a very respected legacy.
She is a leader among leaders.
And, in this group of people:
When she spoke people listened.
When she led people followed.
When she thought out-loud people agreed.
And, when she had a misguided suggestion there was buy-in.
Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013
in Reviews, Sports, Technical
The Fielding Bible Volume III is a fascinating book of the subtleties of playing defense in Major League Baseball.
I had read their first volume and I was excited to read their third. I was not disappointed.
John Dewan and Ben Jedlovec have unveiled another wonderful guide for baseball stat-geeks.
Dewan and Jedlovec included new studies on crucial aspects of fielding, including defensive positioning, the Ted Williams shift, bunts, double plays, outfielder arms and catcher defense.
Their statistical analysis – building on the work began by stat-godfather Bill James – has significantly increased our understanding of the benefits of a good defensive player and the consequences of playing a poor defensive player.
This is a preview of
Fielding Bible Volume III by John Dewan & Ben Jedlovec
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Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
I love my family.
I love my friends.
I love spending time with them, most of the time.
Being an introvert with “a big heart” fills me with tension. 1
I Love People BUT…
I like working on projects alone.
I feel guilty when I would prefer not going to brainstorming meetings.
I like working “alone” in coffee shops…
… surrounded by people I don’t talk to.
I would rather tweet than chat.
I would rather text than talk on the phone.