Tag: stress

Our Collective Stress

Approximately six years ago Someone To Tell It To was invited into the home of a very special ‘Someone’–her name was Terri Roberts–and she was the mother of gunman Charles Carl Roberts IV who took innocent Amish hostages, shooting ten girls (aged 6–13), killing five, before taking his own life in a schoolhouse, on October…
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Dinner was over.  The lights of the Vancouver, British Columbia, harbor twinkled outside the ballroom’s large windows.  The evening’s emcee gracefully called everyone away from their conversations around the tables as the awards ceremony was about to begin.  The highpoint of the International Listening Association’s annual convention, at Simon Fraser University, the ceremony was the…
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What Your Employees Might be Saying (Without Actually Saying It)–Are You Listening?

In the poignant yet lighthearted 1987 Academy Award-winning movie Moonstruck, an iconic scene emerged when on the morning after a spontaneous and unexpected night together, the character played by Nicholas Cage tells the character played by Oscar-winner Cher, that he is madly in love with her. Her response is to slap him—twice—and tell him to…
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Culture Is Essential: 3 Ways Listening Improves Workplace Culture

“Corporate culture can define a business and make all the difference when it comes to retaining employees and keeping them happy. With 64% of employees feeling like they don’t have a strong work culture according to a report by TruPath, many companies are falling short in providing their staff with what they need to succeed…
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In Times of (dis)Stress

In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.         Fred Rogers In our last post on Wednesday, we talked about moving beyond ourselves and our own…
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Overwhelmed and Overloaded

We fear doing too little when we should do more.  Then atone by doing too much, when perhaps we should do less. -Robert Trout When I (Michael) had just begun my career as a pastor, I was twenty-seven years of age.  I was assigned to serve three churches in rural north-central Pennsylvania.  We had two…
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Worrying Our Lives Away

Don’t worry, about a thing, ‘cause every little thing is gonna be alright. ~Bob Marley It was my senior year of college, final semester, and I (Tom) was a nervous wreck.  I had recently returned from a six week reprieve touring, studying, and exploring everything the city of London had to offer.  Now, in the…
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Busyness-The New Spirituality

As we write this message this morning, we’ve already taken a swim. It’s a massively hot day here in the northeast U.S. and temperatures are approaching 100 degrees. It’s been in the 90’s, without relenting, for the past week. We’re writing in our bare feet, with the Wimbledon semi-finals playing in the background and we…
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5 Ways To A More Positive Outlook

We live in a critical world.  It is easy to be negative and to find fault and to see all that’s wrong with the world.  And if we look for the bad we will always find it.  But is that a good way to live?    Instead, we can change our attitudes, be more positive,…
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