Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 in Uncategorized
“Don’t settle…Don’t settle…Don’t settle.” That’s my self-talk. It’s easy for me to get lazy, give in and grab junk and eat it.
I wrestle with responsibility. I assume you do too.
Note: Today’s my 25th anniversary at TreeHouse, and this is the final post of the “10 for 25″ series on ten important lessons I’ve learned at TreeHouse.
Don’t Settle, Wrestle
I hate when I mess up.
I hate when I let down my guard.
I hate when I lower my standards.
I hate when I try to wiggle out.
Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Uncategorized
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, April 29, 2014 in Uncategorized
We all have blind spots in our life; misguided thinking, bad decisions and the like. Often times other people can see our blind spots but we either ignore, deny, or dismiss them.
On the other hand, sometimes we look at and assess others and assume what we see are their blind spots. Sometimes it’s us who can’t see clearly when we judge the lives.
Here are three people some would calls fools that I admire for their courage.
Three “Fools” I Admire
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 in Uncategorized
These last few days we’ve been looking at some Bruno Mars songs and lyrics since he was featured on the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Today is Amy and my 320-month wedding anniversary. Yes, I still count months because I treasure our marriage. MySilentScream is here Inspiring Great Relationships Every Day and I hope to inspire you to treasure marriage, whether it’s yours or not.
In “Marry You” Bruno sings,
Cause it’s a beautiful night,
We’re looking for something dumb to do.
Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you.
Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in Uncategorized
In Bruno, What’s On Your Mind? and Ruins and Regrets Bruno Mars described the dangerous relationships he pursued.
Women aren’t the only ones who live with the wounds of a broken heart.
Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” describes the pain of his own broken heart.
Same bed but it feels just a little bit bigger now
Our song on the radio but it don’t sound the same
When our friends talk about you, all it does is just tear me down
‘Cause my heart breaks a little when I hear your name
Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in Uncategorized
In Bruno, What’s On Your Mind? he reveals the kind of relationships he’s pursued.
In Our First Time he goes into more details.
And now now here we are
In this big old empty room
Staring at each other, who’s gonna make the first move?
Been doing our thing for a minute
And now both our hearts are in it
The only place to go, is all the way
His intentions are obvious.
His intents are clear.
Is that alright?
Is that okay?
Just in case she says, “NO!” he answers his own question.
Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in Uncategorized
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;
Posted on Friday, August 9, 2013 in Uncategorized
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 Uncategorized
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)