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Farming Dreams

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The handling of dreams that come into our hearts is much like the farming of good seeds provided by a friend. As with the seeds, dreams have a life of their own, and ours is simply to nourish, nurture and protect them. If your dreams don’t seem to be coming true today, bathe them with faith, hope and love, trusting that the “sprouts” will surely come. Remember, your dreams have you, you don’t have them, and once they take hold, they will never give up. Folks, dreams don't come true, dreams are true! All they need to come alive is for us to believe, and to act accordingly.

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Playfully Productive

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

So, she was texting fun messages and beautiful photos from the beach on her way to an assignment. The caption on one picture said, "Play first, and work second," to which I replied, “Play first; play always!” (and that’s more than just another cute slogan). Think it through, whatever we do for “work” can be approached “playfully," with a mindset of creativity, enjoyment and recreation. What I'm suggesting is that the difference between work and play is a matter of focus and attitude! As for me, my days are blessed to the degree that I make my work playfully productive. How about you?

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Funny People

Sunday, April 12, 2015

As I reached out to my web company with a basic question, they inquired, “What’s the account number, or domain name you’re calling about?” I replied, “I don’t have my account number available, but my domain name is thomaswaterhouse.com”. Immediately, the now animated voice asks, “And who do I have the pleasure of speaking with this evening?” I replied, “Uhhhh, ‘Thomas Waterhouse?’” As the smirk began to form on my face, a wordless voice spoke softly in my heart. “Life is a playground full of funny people, and you’re one of them! Smile, and keep moving”. Our interactions will always be dialed towards befuddling, leading us to righteously set things straight. Just remember, there’s always a deeper voice that’s loving and encouraging. Listen, and act accordingly.

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Rhythms of Grace

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Eugene Peterson in “The Message” says, “Learn the unforced rhythms of grace”. I don’t know about you, but I feel good just saying it out loud. Grace is love in motion, and it “cuts people slack”. Think of that someone who did something stupid in traffic "to you", as if it were personal. Well, I’m pretty sure you’ve done some stupid things in traffic too. You’re fuming that the checkout person is slow, holding up "your day" as if it were by design. Guess what, there have been times when you’ve slowed people down as well. In fact, if you really think it through, there is very little that so-called irritating people do to you that you haven’t done to someone yourself. And it’s more than just “cutting slack” with a “holier-than-thou” attitude. The “unforced” part says it becomes natural to express grace with encouraging thoughts, words or gestures (and get this) because your humble heart doesn’t register an offense in the first place! There’s no second-guessing what another person did when grace is born of humility because it says, "Live and let live". Here’s what it looks like. You'll smile and give a wave of “I understand” to the guy who just cut you off in traffic. You'll tell the clerk who is moving at less than your pace something good you notice about them, and make their day! And the “rhythm” part, you ask? Well, think of a special song that picks you up like a marionette and compels you to move in smooth, rhythmic and effortless ways. Now THAT’S the loving motion by which we give grace! It just flows, moving and grooving with a life of its own. Remember, “If love makes the world go ‘round, then grace keeps it on its axis.”

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iWork

Sunday, January 25, 2015

As I work with teams, I have a “diagnostic exercise” that tells me the need-base for which the group is collectively spending their energy. 

At any given point we are spending our energy on one of three levels. The levels are basic needs (safety and physiological fulfillment), psychological needs (the need for love, belonging, prestige and accomplishment), or self-fulfillment needs (achieving our full creative expression, highest calling and complete potential).

It's crucial to know that we can be fulfilling a quest for self-actualization by preparing a meal for our family, or painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to buy a loaf of bread. The type of work is not the point. The heart with which we do the work is! 

So, here's the exercise. Give five quick answers to the following prompts, and then discuss them with your team, or other key players in your life. You’re going to learn a lot about how to do the same work activities you’re doing, but become much happier and fulfilled as you do them! 

iWork for…

iWork because…

iWork to…

Take some time with this exercise, and I would love hear about your experiences, and discoveries! As always, I’m encouraging @ simpleencouragement.com.

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The Gift of Love

Saturday, December 13, 2014

She read this to me from her journal, and asked what I thought.

“I see myself putting you first, and you putting me last. Then I see glimpses of you putting me first, just in your own way. But, does that count? If you put me first, but in your way, is that love? Certainly, it’s a gift, if you give anything at all, but for me, it’s only love if you put me first, in my way.” 

To which I replied.

“I think there is a difference between giving to give, and giving to love. Perhaps it’s because a gift primarily satisfies the giver, but only love can satisfy the hand that receives.” 

Gifts are great, but love is better. This year, if you give, then simply give love.

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Fun, and More Fun!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

So, I’m talking with a career professional and business owner, and he tells me, “I have to learn some ways to have fun.” Now mind you, this is after his telling me all of the exciting new ways he was getting to express his professional passion, the creative growth of his business, and emerging team relationships where, as he said, “Peace is breaking out all over.” I said, “By the sound of it, I thought you WERE having fun!” Folks, beware of dichotomies and artificial distinctions. Fun is where we find it, and we always find what we're looking for, typically right where we're looking. Give yourself a treat, and look for all the ways that you are truly having fun as you “work” today. Believe me, it will be a game changer if you’re diligent in your search. Work isn’t in one place, with fun in another place altogether. I mean, I think there’s “fun”, and then there’s “more fun”! The "work and then fun" distinction is a lie. Please, don’t leave work to look for fun until you look for fun right where you work! And when you’re done finding “fun”, finding “more fun” will be easy to do.

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Dramatic!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I love that life is dramatic, with all of its conflict and contrast of character.  After all, we’re all actors on the stage of life. The dramatic speaks to the incredible diversity in our capacity to experience and to feel and to think and to express. Ours is not to decide whether we participate on the stage, or not, but whether we do it well, or poorly. How is the dramatic showing up in your life? Is it creative, collaborative and loving, or possibly competitive, conflicting and full of fear? While its connotations trend negative, I believe life is meant to be dramatic! We’re just not supposed to take it all that seriously, and perhaps with a much larger dose of amused detachment than we do at times. That’s how I try to live. I take life seriously enough, but in the final analysis, is anything so serious that we can’t just go to the balconey now and again? That’s the place where we can take a deep breath, look on with a smile, be amused, and then, be amazed at how important perspective is as the various scripts of life go on within us, and without us. Life is precious! Hold it loosely. You’ll have more of it if you do.

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The Capacity to Love

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Somewhere along the way, I learned to ask myself, and to have others ask themselves, “Where do I need to be broken, and where do I need to be healed in order to grow in my capacity to love?” Yes, it’s a very “heavy” question, but is there any better question to ask? For all the gazillion books, tapes and seminars on “mission statements”, is there any statement that is more important than, “To grow in my capacity to love”. As for me, I have some pride and a fierce self-sufficiency that could use a little breaking. I have some very early and deep disappointments in people that could still use some healing in the service of trust. How about you? “Where do YOU need to be broken, and where do YOU need to be healed in order to grow in YOUR capacity to love?” If we’re minding anyone’s business this week, it really should be our own. Let’s all make it our business to grow in our capacity to love! In fact, I have a great idea. Let’s all become experts!

 

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The Beginning of Miraculous

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Have you ever worked so hard to “get it right”, only to have it turn out all wrong? Have you ever set out upon the right path, only to arrive in the worst possible place? Have you ever laid out your very best plan, only to wake up to a colossal mess? Yeah, me too; but please don’t despair. Give your seemingly bad outcomes some time, and you just might be surprised! When we let go, what turned out wrong somehow becomes just right, the worst possible places yield rich experiences, and our messes morph into crystal clear delights. Miracles don’t need our striving to happen, and consider this. Sometimes they won’t reveal themselves until we get out of the way! Life is a delicate collaboration with the unseen, and it’s up to us to figure out where we leave off, and start looking for the beginning of miraculous.

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