Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012
in Education, How To, Intellectual, Values
On behalf of my son Josh, and all students starting school this week and next, allow me to remind you of these excellent suggestions:
Ask questions, it will help you in the long run.
Be yourself, you will be more popular that way.
Check for toilet paper when you enter the stall.
Don’t procrastinate; there won’t be time later.
Get good sleep, each night, it makes school easier.
If you fall asleep in class, expect your teacher to embarrass you.
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
in Emotional, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values
This week is Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. One of the pre-game celebrations is the Home Run Derby.
The MLB Twitter-feed was filled with anticipation.
“Will @theCUTCH22 be McCrushin’? How many Trumbombs for @Mtrumbo44? Can Prince or Cano win ?#HRDerby? again?“
Here’s my interpretation:
Will (the Pittsburgh Pirates’) Andrew McCutchen win? How many home runs do you think (Anaheim Angels’) Mark Trumbo will hit? Do you think former Home Run Derby champions (Detroit Tigers’) Prince Fielder and (NY Yankees’) Robinson Cano win the Home Run Derby this year?
Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Social, Spiritual, Values
This week I’ve written about three people I admire, Gerry and Julie Andersen, and Lance Berkman. They each have accomplishments that many people would envy.
Rather than envy I examine what helps someone become a success and look for ways to apply similar principles in my own life.
Today I was reminded of these seven strategies an unknown author suggested for a balanced life. As I have sought to embrace these strategies as disciplines I have found more balance in my life. Perhaps if you practice these strategies you’ll experience more balance too.
A Balanced Life
Did you watch the Super Bowl?
Here’s a short summary:
Eli Manning was poised.
Tom Brady looked panicked.
Aaron Hernandez dropped two passes.
Mario Manningham caught the one that mattered most.
As you can imagine Manning and Manningham play for the Super Bowl winning New York Giants.
NFL players are generally assumed to be the best players in their sport in the world. While some would argue that the Giants and the New England Patriots were not great teams, they were successful and won when it mattered most.
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Social, Values
Broomball In A Blizzard
The snow fell relentlessly. By the end of the game the ice on the rink was covered by inches of snow.
My friend Matt Benson, pictured here, was playing goalie during this Spring storm. He lay in goal on a comfy layer of fresh snow.
He’s safe but more than once while playing broomball I’ve been bruised and bloodied, but on this particular day I felt nearly invincible.
Snow fell while we raced across the ice. The falling snow made falling on the ice a far safer venture than usual.
Breakaways & Broken Spirits
A beautiful February day filled with sunshine, laughter and friends. It was a TreeHouse staff retreat and we had the morning and afternoon off. A group of us headed to a local hockey rink for some broomball.
Since many players enjoying scoring goals more than stopping them I volunteered to play goalie for our team. I also knew that most if not all the players were more athletic and better broomball players that I was. I also assumed that the differences in our abilities would be less evident with me in goal.
Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, Sports, Values
Synched together with rope I approached the rock.
I called out “On Belay?” I received the reply “Belay On”. I responded “Climbing”. Followed by “Climb On.”
My friend David Villringer learned to rock climb. David’s courage and determination were both admirable and seemingly unreachable. Graciously and patiently Dave taught me to climb.
David climbed the Tetons. I struggled at Devil’s Rock.
I lacked both David’s strength and his will.
I wanted to climb, and I wanted to succeed, but I wanted NOT to get hurt far more.
Discomfort & Disappointment
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Healthy role models break the cycle of shame.
They emotionally and spiritually empower healthy communities.
How can you recognize a safe, healthy church, synagogue, workplace or family?
Here are ten attributes of healthy communities:
Are emotionally stable
Are caring & supportive
Promote and practice honesty
Have appropriate expectations
Maintain respectful boundaries
Persevere through inevitable relationship challenges
And, love one another
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Posted on Monday, August 29, 2011
Last week I was on a TreeHouse staff retreat. While we were there we were each invited to take a full uninterrupted hour to “tell our story.” Our autobiographic tale had no apparent form or content requirements. Each person told it her or his way.
I loved listening to others talk about their childhood. I admired their successes. I commend their humility in sharing some of their lowest lows. We laughed. We cried. We prayed.
Unfortunately, I had to leave the retreat early. I didn’t get to hear two of colleagues stories [yet!]. And, I didn’t get to tell “my story.” Our small group leader mentioned that I “have other means to tell my story.”
Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011
in Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Social, Values
I believe your level of self-esteem can be higher, stronger and more stable.
Yesterday I invited you to Assess Your Strengths With A Reliable Tool. It’s FREE!
If you haven’t read yesterday’s post you might wanted to just back for two minutes before coming back here.
Really, I believe this will help you to honestly assess your strengths. If you haven’t You can find it here.
Look back over your results. Do they describe you? Do you like the list? Is it a familiar list? Were you hoping to have your strengths identified and affirmed?