Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values
In the movie Batman Begins, Henri Ducard tells Bruce Wayne: You traveled the world now you must journey inwards to what you really fear; it’s inside you there is no turning back…If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, you become something else entirely. Are you ready to begin?
Beginnings are important. Yesterday I began a series called “10 for 25.” It’s a series of ten lessons I have learned in my twenty-five years at TreeHouse.
Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Most mornings my brain is awash in busy-thoughts. Today it’s calm.
In my brain played “Nothing But The Blood” by Robert Lowry.
I love this song because it reminds me of the freedom God’s forgiveness brings me.
What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus:
Despite my sins (spiritual and moral shortcomings) God’s grace offers a clean re-start.
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
I know my sins damage my sense of self.
Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
We’re gonna finish this week on mysilentscream with an insightful poem by Chris Whitford.
Hope licked its salty lips
And hung close as we both kissed
The lovely hearts of the amazing people
The hearts I keep close to me
In case the hope goes right through me
The hope of TreeHouse is an amazing thing
So don’t give up hope, no, don’t give up heart
Don’t leave this love in shards
Because the hate will eat you alive
But together we can strive
And be the best we can be
They even see the best in me
Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013
in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Values
As you begin reading today, give Evanescence’s song “What You Want” a listen.
I asked some friends at TreeHouse, “What line stands out? Why that one?”
My friends Erin, Gabe, and Kelly liked:
Do what you, what you want
If you have a dream for better
Erin and Gabe agreed, “I like doing what I want.” Kelly added, “If you want to do something, don’t let people hold you back from doing something good.”
Stand and face the unknown (got to remember who you really are)
Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013
in Education, Emotional, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values
Do you know someone who really works hard at being someone else?
We all do.
Maybe it’s me.
Maybe it’s you.
I have been that person.
When I was in high school I sometimes felt desperate for friends. When I was included – even for a moment – I would try to blend in.
One night I had a guy tell me, “you’re like a chameleon.”
It was true.
I tried to fit in.
I would even try to talk and act like others.
The truth is, I seldom was really accepted.
Not by them.
And not by me.
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Golfers yell “fore” when he or she hits a shot that might strike another golfer on the course. In fact, it is every golfer’s responsibility to watch carefully after hitting a shot to make sure another golfer is not in danger.
Unfortunately, I’ve had to shout “Fore!” more than once.
Sometimes it’s just a warning.
Other times it’s imminent danger.
To me and you: “Fore!” “My friends, watch out!” 1
I’ve spent the last year thinking through myself. I am trying to notice, to watch:
– What am I doing?
– Why am I doing it?
– Who’s watching?
– Am I living and acting like someone I would admire?
Prompted by my reading of Quiet by Susan Cain, this week we’ve explored introverts and extroverts their distinctive and their qualities. Including:
I Buy Coffee
And, Are YOU An Introvert or Extrovert?
Whether you’re a parent, a brother or sister, an aunt, uncle or neighbor, you know children. And, if you’re like me, quiet children can be a mystery.
Today, I’d like to let Susan Cain’s insights on introvert children speak for themselves. Oh, wait – let me say this first – my favorite quote from her about children is: “Don’t just accept your child for who she is; treasure her.”
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013
in Education, Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Values
Are You An Introvert or Extrovert (And Why Does It Matter)?
Do you ever wonder where you fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum?
Here is the place to assess yourself.
This quiz from Susan Cain’s QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking will help you self-assess.
Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012
in Beyond Whatever Promos, Emotional, Financial, How To, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
I’m thinking through what this means for me today, tomorrow, and my tomorrows.
What does the Lord your God require of you?
He requires only that you
fear the Lord your God,
and live in a way that pleases him,
and love him
and serve him with all your heart and soul.
– Deuteronomy 10:12, NLT
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Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011
in Emotional, Intellectual, Values
Last week I wrote that self-esteem insurance would protects us against inevitable emotional pain and loss in case of an “accident”.
I would like that self-esteem insurance to be the best. I recommended “Triple A” Coverage”.
“Triple A” Coverage”
A – Access your strengths
A – Admit your weaknesses
A – Accept help from others
This week I’ll reveal practical ways that “Triple A” Coverage” helps me and recommend ways that it can help you too.
Assess Your Strengths With A Reliable Tool