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Aug 11

Notice People & Swell the Well

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011 in Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Listening to our friend Kayla Berndt yesterday awed me.

Her passion for the children and families she served this summer in Louisville, KY humbled me.

She found within herself a deep well of love and compassion filled by God.

Her appreciation for the struggles and successes, challenges and conquests of those she met made me think, “Do I notice people?  Really notice people?

I believe that if I cared more for others I think my self-respect and thus my self-esteem would swell as well.

Aug 5

Admit You Need Help

Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011 in Relational

I just finished writing this post.  I hit the “Save Draft”, but there was a disruption in the wireless signal in this coffee shop, and it was all lost.  [Wow, I almost did it TWICE.]

Since all next week will be dedicated to learning how to help one another, let me stop here for today.

Listen to U2′s song One as one person tries to figure out how to receive help and give support to someone else. Admitting we need help and knowing how to help one another is always a challenge.

This is OURsilentscream!

Jul 29

Self-Esteem Insurance, Part 2 of 2

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 in Emotional, Relational, Social

Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series.  If you have not read Part 1 you can find it here.

What kind of insurance do you value?
What kind of insurance would you like someone to invent?

I would invent foolproof self-esteem insurance. 

Self-esteem insurance would protects us against inevitable emotional pain and loss in case of an “accident”.

A self-esteem accident might include:
When we hurt someone’s feelings, or some else hurts us
When we use hurtful words; or others wound us with their words.
When we wound or are wounded with inconsiderate actions, intentional or not.

Jul 27

Lovable, Capable & Worthwhile Wins!

Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

When blinded by distortions of reality people flounder in pain.

Lost in loneliness.  Trapped in trauma.

U2′s Get On Your Boots hits on one such distortions:

You don’t know how beautiful
You don’t know how beautiful you are
You don’t know, and you don’t get it, do you?
You don’t know how beautiful you are

Each week at every TreeHouse we remind one another that we are all “lovable, capable and worthwhile.”  It’s a critical concept. When we understand, embrace and apply the truth that we are all “lovable, capable and worthwhile” it overrides the lies of not good enough.

Jul 26

Take Responsibility Today

Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 in Financial, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

While many people try to avoid responsibility, Stanley Baker set another standard.

As reported in World Magazine, Stanley Baker bought a book at garage sale. The parking ticket he found inside the book was dated 1975. “And despite the fact that the parking ticket wasn’t issued to him—and was now 36 years past due—the Pentwater, Mich., 89-year-old figured that he might as well pay.”

So last month, Baker put the $1 payment for the 1975 ticket in the original envelope along with a note that read, “Better late than never,” and mailed it…”

Jul 25

Talent, Turmoil & Tragedy

Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values

Saturday night Bono dedicated “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” to British pop star Amy Winehouse, who died Saturday.

Her Talent Was Obvious

According to Wikipedia, Winehouse’s album, “Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the “Big Four”: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.”

Her Turmoil Was Well Documented