Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values
My parents have taught dog obedience training classes for forty years. They are well-respected for their expertise throughout Chicagoland.
When they are teaching their students (human and canine) they say “halt” whenever they want progress stopped. At that point the human stops and the canine stops and sits.
Halt as you know, means to stop or pause. H.A.L.T. is also an acronym that relates to an important decision-making principle.
This is part-8 of the “10 for 25″ series on important lessons I’ve learned at TreeHouse.
Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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To paraphrase a great quote: “Good people inspire themselves; great people inspire others.”
I love that my life is filled with people like my friend Bianca. Her courage, determination and resolve inspires me to be better at what I do.
Thanks to Bianca, and all the rest of you who don’t settle and want more
You can read more about Bianca’s courage and TreeHouse’s contribution to her life here.
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Posted on Friday, July 4, 2014
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Today is Independence Day.
Could This Be Your Independence Day?
Excursus: This day is special for another reason, it’s Amy & Phil Hatcher’s wedding anniversary. Congrats you two!
Independence is on my mind.
Independence for you. Independence for me.
True independence. As my friend Jenny Dwyer said, is “Nothing missing. Nothing broken.”
My prayers are for you who, like me, need some more independence from our baggage:
– My friends who are trapped in their time-wasters.
– My friends who are caught in the trap of coping by cutting.
Posted on Sunday, June 15, 2014
in Reviews, Spiritual, Values
I had been interested in reading The Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan for quite some time. Subtitled, “10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times” I was looking for helpful help.
The author suggests, “take a deep breath and recall this deeper secret of the Christian life: when you are in a difficult place, realize that the Lord either placed you there or allowed you to be there, for reasons perhaps known for now only to Himself. The same God who led you in will lead you out.”
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Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2014
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When I read the title to Jennifer Rothschild’s recent release, God Is Just Not Fair, I was excited to read it.
Shortly into her book I read: “If you feel weighed down and burdened, look to Jesus and his cross — focus on the generous love it represents. When you’re really hurting, think about what you really deserved and thank him for what you got instead. You got grace; you got peace; and you got unconditional love that will carry you through any sorrow. And both you and I got the best gift of all — fairest Lord Jesus.”
“Love you gorgeous, I’ll be in there in ten minutes.”
It’s 2:00 A.M. I just said that as Amy woke from her late night nap and staggered off to bed. I’ve said similar things hundreds of times.
Schedules: Since we were married 27 years ago today I have gone to sleep second 98% of the time. Often times I am last to sleep and first one awake. We have almost always had different schedules.
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 Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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“Desire is not merely a simple wish; it is a deep seated craving; an intense longing … it’s so important that one might say, almost, that desire is an absolute essential of prayer.” 1
Desire precedes prayer, accompanies it, and is followed by it. Desire goes before prayer, and by it, it’s created and intensified.
Prayer is the expression of desire.
Prayer comes out into the open.
Desire is silent.
Prayer is heard; desire, unheard.
Prayer – listening to, learning from and expressing our longings to God – is throughout the Scriptures.
Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014
in Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Spiritual, Sports, Values
Drew Brees had been unemployed, experienced a career-threatening injury, and was filled with self-doubt. Sundays he’s an NFL football player. Here are the insights he gained. 1
“From my perspective, it’s when the rug gets pulled out from under you that you really find your calling in life. Those defining moments don’t have to be tragedies. When they’re viewed through the lens of God’s plans, they can be ‘points of purpose’ in your life.”
I’ve spent more than twenty years “Inspiring Great Relationships Every Day.” I enjoy when I can pass on something I am learning, but many times in those conversations it was me who was the learner.
Today was no different.
Today I sat down with my friends Lizzy and Bueno. We laughed. We told stories. We love gardening so we exchanged seeds. And we talked.
In a world desperate for positive role models, over the past three years Lizzy and Bueno have been role models of what a healthy relationship looks like.