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  1. These Three Things Thomas Waterhouse 04-Nov-2017
  2. Psycho-Goop Thomas Waterhouse 01-Oct-2017
  3. Bring It! Thomas Waterhouse 01-Feb-2017
  4. Tiny Little Bell Thomas Waterhouse 27-Apr-2016
  5. Seconds Count Thomas Waterhouse 21-Apr-2016

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Psycho-Goop

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Psycho-Goop. It’s that infinitely complex space between people, and it keeps mankind in a befuddled state of relating. Psychology can’t seem to master it. Religion isn’t highly effective at reining it in. Physicians can’t medicate it into anything that appears rational, and we’ll never figure it out. Psycho-Goop is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved. Psycho-Goop smiles at love, and it frowns at fear. It laughs out loud with grace, and rages against judgment. When we dissect Psycho-Goop, relationships die. When we fill it with love, laughter, and acceptance, then relationships shine like the sun. Psycho-Goop,while we'll never figure it out, we CAN simply relax and enjoy it, and I hope you will!

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Tiny Little Bell

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

As I began a telephone consultation with a client, he cautioned me. “I’m home today because my little girl doesn’t feel well. I gave her a ‘tiny little bell’ to ring if she needs me while I’m on the phone.” He assured me, “Don’t worry, you’ll barely hear it.” I thought that was so special! It was beautiful, and I said, “That’s kind of what we do with our loved ones. We give them a figurative ‘tiny little bell’ to hang on their hearts so only we can hear their quiet rings of desire or need”. If we love, then we keep “mental room” for our loved ones, always maintaining a “track of vigilance” for what they’re doing, how they’re feeling, what they need. As we love, we're always tuning an ear for the subtle ringing of that “tiny little bell.” This tuning in is a characteristic of relating that makes all of our loving relationships so unique and ever growing. As for me, I hang “tiny little bells” on the hearts of my loved ones, listening to hear the unspoken desires and needs that only my touch can fulfill. How about you?


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#CoreValues

Thursday, March 31, 2016

I love core values. Do you have any? If you don’t, you probably do! Go ahead and study your thoughts, feelings, and actions over the next few days. You’ll come to see what you stand for, and I bet you’ll be pleased. I love teaching about core values, and I think the best instruction is to simply share mine. 

“Simplicity” is my first core value. It speaks to the characteristics of honesty, clarity, and a wholehearted commitment to innocent faith. Saying, “Simplicity” out loud feels light, easy, and a little bit playful. I guess that says it all! (And if you want to remember this one just think, “Simple City”. See how that works!)

Excellence” is my second core value. Being committed to my very best in any given moment frees me from artificial standards and judgment. I’m always good enough, and sometimes I'm more! Always remember that you have the freedom to be the very best you that you can be. It’s true!

My third core value is “Transcendence”. For me, transcendence takes me to an actual place where I nurture hopes and dreams that exceed what might seem practical, or even possible! Remember “Simple City”? Yep, that’s where I reside these days, and it's a magical experience! Special things happen here, if you can just believe. I know, that makes me kind of odd, but thanks for noticing!

Charity” is my fourth core value. It’s a state of the heart that always loves others more than it loves self. Think about it, that’s a standard of care that lives and breathes “simplicity”, “excellence”, and “transcendence”. May we always give more than we take!

My last core value is “Serenity”. In its stillness, the truth speaks quietly. I love the Psalm that says, “Be still, and know”. “Know what?” you ask? Don’t worry, if you become still and stay there long enough, you’ll eventually figure it out. By the way, is “sarcasm” a core value?

That’s the course! I sure hope you enjoyed this Simply Encouraging® Experience. If you made it this far, you get a great big smiley sticker on your forehead. :)  

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Running Late, Doing Great!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

My wife just might be one of the most positive people in the whole, wide world. She just rushed into my office to announce, “I’m running late, but I’m doing great!” How is THAT for evidence that life’s challenges do not have to make us miserable? Come to think of it, her outlook is likely what enables her to be so consistently happy with me!

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Election-Cycle Advice

Thursday, February 18, 2016
The next time you find yourself in a debate or an argument, here are four things to remember. 

(1) First, facts don’t trump beliefs. If there is a disagreement, it's at the core likely to be about what the parties believe, and not about any one point of fact. Simply put, we are “wired” to receive facts that support our beliefs, and to discard those that don’t. And if that point isn’t powerful enough, consider this. 

(2) When we press facts that are contrary to a defensive belief system, they only serve to make that belief system stronger! Do yourself a favor, and give that notion some very deep thought. People have a serious investment in their sense of mastery and self-esteem, which brings me to the third point. 

(3) If people feel competent and good about themselves, then they are more likely to accept new ideas. People who feel challenged and put down do not. It’s a profound knowing that building people up makes them receptive to new information, while proving them wrong closes their minds. 

The question of whether you would rather be “right” or “effective” is quite wise to ask, and the bottom line is this. Argument to the detriment of relationship will always be foolish, so try to think of it this way; my fourth and last point. 

(4) If you passionately build others up, then they just might grow curious about your point of view!



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Loved Ones

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Do you readily think of your “loved ones” as both “loved” and as “ones”? Do you believe that they deserve your love, no matter what? Can you respect their “oneness” even when it’s challenging? Please take these questions to heart. Your answers can make all the difference in the world.

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Healthy Enough for Sex?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

At the end of a recent commercial, the voice implores, “Ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough to have sex.” Okay? But how would my doctor know THAT without really knowing me? Is YOUR heart healthy enough to have sex? Here are some questions to consider. Do I have an abiding love for this person? Are our values aligned for the experience we are about to share? Do I consider sex to be sacred and transcendent? Am I seeking “love making” more than “pleasure taking”? And speaking of pleasure, is this encounter more for me to give than to get? Will mutual respect be the cornerstone of the experience? Will we have playful and creative sharing that leaves an enduring atmosphere of connection and joy? So, how about you? Is your heart ready? Only you can know for sure.


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Destiny? Legacy? Easy!

Friday, January 01, 2016

The people you encounter today are your destiny! Engage them with an open heart, treat them with respect, and leave them all just a little bit better than when you found them. Remember, what you do with your interactions today will eventually become your legacy. Make it positively lasting! Of those you meet today, how will you “show up” in their heads and hearts tomorrow?


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Sweet & Sour

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…” At least that's what the lyrics say. But tell me, how’s your summer unfolding? If “the livin’ is easy” for you, then perfect! But if you’re like most people, then life is challenging at a time when the weather is hot, and the kids are out of school. I mean, for many, THAT is the challenge! As for me, the flavor of my life is consistently “Sweet & Sour”. You know, kind of like Chinese food. At any given point, I can tell you the blessings AND the curses. The stock market looks like it has rapidly cycling mood swings, and the Supreme Court does too! Relax; it looks that way to liberals and conservatives, depending on the issue. Earthquakes and plagues and wars and heads rolling around, literally, can be a bit unnerving. It's good to be aware of it all, but please join me in my simple little place. I know it’s a registered trademark, but come on, life is good, and sometimes, life is good, even when it’s not. If your life is like mine, then you’ve probably noticed what I notice. The “sour” provides a powerful contrast for more appreciation of the “sweet”. I think that’s how it’s supposed to be. It’s not wrong to acknowledge and speak of the sour life. We’re supposed to! It makes us closer. But let it serve its purpose, and its purpose is to make us more sensitive to the finer nuances of the sweet life. Life is good and life is sweet, even when it doesn’t seem to be. Try to remember that.


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An Exquisite Exchange

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I think the best relationships are based on a principle of mutuality. Mutuality is an exchange of persons, which says, “I am yours, and you are mine”. It says that if something bothers you, then it will bother me. Mutuality says I am open to your point of view, even if it takes me a while to understand. It takes a lifetime to perfect, but mutuality says that when you take a breath, my chest will rise. Mutuality says that whether you are near or far, I will live my life as if through your soul. Of course, this implies a natural desire to always know the other more deeply. In mutuality we never lose our sense of self, but our sense of the other is disciplined to always be greater. The measurement in mutuality is that each gives one hundred percent, and no one keeps score. Can you imagine a relationship where two people are committed to this principle?

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