Don’t Hate…but how?…and why?

When you are lost and you feel like no one is in your corner it is easy to gravitate toward hate.  Hate is seductive. Hate is unifying and affirming in a sick sort of way.  Hate feels good at the moment your stoking it or feeling it.  Hate can be a crucible to burn off, and distract from, your feelings of rejection, discontent, and discomfort. The ironic thing is the whole time your hating you are secretly yearning to love and be loved…read more at http://four4soaring.com

Do not wish to be…

“Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.”

– Francis de Sales

What’s the alternative to telling someone to shake it off?

What’s the alternative to telling someone to shake it off? When you see someone who consistently falls down, do you lecture them, run the other way, or do you lean in with grace and compassion?

Paint Anyway

How Can I Influence Others With a Shovel?

I was treated to a great lesson on influence recently at a conference I attended. Justin Elam’s message was one he has been sharing for a while now about how to equip others by asking questions vs. providing ready answers.  The outline of his talk started with this Strauss quote: “The wise man doesn’t give the right answers.  He poses the right questions.”

Got Circle? Sometimes you NEED to go where everybody knows your name

Cheers Theme: “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name..and they’re always glad you came….  You want to go where people know, people are all the same, you want to go where every-bod-y knows your nameeee.”

What if that want, was really more of a need?  What if we don’t just want to be with people who are just as messed up as we are, but we really need to be with people, just like we need the very air that we breathe? 

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