Simple Encouragement

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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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These Three Things

Saturday, November 04, 2017

These three things are what you will find in every great friendship.  Friends see your potential, and they celebrate. They understand your hurt, and they nurture those tender places. Friends note your dark side, and they love you into the light. Wouldn’t you like to have a friend like that! 

People will always require a word that ignites the best within them, a touch that heals a hidden hurt, and an affirmation of acceptance that frees them from something they feel they have to hide. These are three key ways that we make intimate, meaningful and enduring connections. 

In this fast-paced world, its good to take the time to slow down and notice one another. Now that you have the map, I sure hope you will make the time, sometime soon. 

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Safe People

Thursday, March 03, 2016

We all need safe people around us. Safe people are self-aware. They immediately note their impact upon others, and they desire only to be a positive influence in the world. They always seek truth, so their spirit is open and graceful. Their relationships reflect a natural "mutuality", so if something bothers you, it will be their concern. They truly believe that “I am yours, and you are mine” but emphasize more of the “you” and less of the “me”. Safe people see your potential, and they celebrate. They see your hurt, and they nurture those tender places. Safe people see your dark side, and they love you into the light. They seek to “know” and to “be known”, and intimacy comes easy for them. Safe people have a natural sequence of experience that is always looking upward, inward, and only then, outward. This makes them guided more by their heart than by their psyche. It’s natural to seek safe people, but our striving should be in the direction of becoming that way! It’s challenging, but very rewarding work.

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True Love Is Curious

Thursday, February 25, 2016

On the surface, it may appear that everyone seems happy, connected, and free of care. After all, we’re all trained to wear “the mask”. Yet, in the midst of it all, there are so many people who are suffering quietly. Oh, they go through the motions, complete with smiles and the just right words, but look very closely. There is a slight turning away when loved ones are mentioned, as they privately remember a loss. There is that subtle “glazing of gaze” when our latest purchase is mentioned, because they feel shame over a hurting financial condition. Every now and then there will be a slight tear shed for a broken relationship, quickly whisked away so as not to be a burden. So many people are suffering so deeply, deep within their souls. Please take time to notice, dare to give it voice, and care enough to lend a hand. Believe me, your joy will be deeper and more complete if you do. Remember, true love is curious, and cares to the point of action. 

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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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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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The Face in the Clouds

Friday, September 27, 2013

When we know what we’re looking for, we’re more likely to see it. Here’s an example of what I mean. Have you ever been gazing up at the clouds with a friend, and when they point and say, “Look, there’s a face!” you instantly see what you didn’t notice a moment before? Well, Simple Encouragement is just like that! It's a "map" that points to the essence of people.

Simple Encouragement is a template that helps us to notice three essential things in others that we might otherwise miss, kind of like the face in the clouds. Engaging one another in three key areas is the essence of relevant relating, and all you have to do is remember, “Life, healing, and light™.” So, what is Simple Encouragement?

Simple Encouragement is a three-pronged way of relating that invites us to be on the lookout for three things in people: (1) their hidden gifts that they have yet to acknowledge (Life), (2) their buried hurts crying out for expression (Healing), and (3) pockets of hiding or shame begging for release (Light). Simple Encouragement is speaking life to potential, healing to pain, and light to darkness, and when we know what we’re looking for, it’s easy to find.

Deep inside, people will always require a word that ignites, a touch that heals, and affirmation that frees them. To be whole, people need others giving voice to hidden gifts that they have yet to acknowledge, whispering to buried hurts crying out for expression, and offering acceptance to pockets of darkness begging for release, all so that higher selves can emerge.

Simple Encouragement is a template for engaging others in increasingly relevant ways. It’s a trilogy of relating that completes us, and through exploring its many undiscovered facets, we call all become creators, healers, and light-bearers in the lives of one other.

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Feeding

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Have you ever heard the phrase, “We feed off of each other”? I have, at least a gazillion times throughout the years. It means that two people feast on the negativity of one another, and then recreate it in never-ending and destructive cycles. So, what’s the remedy? That’s easy! Use the very same statement, but subtract the words, “off of”. What’s left is this. “We feed each other!” You see, relationships will always be about giving and receiving energy. Ideally, we take in energy from our positivity-giving habits, and then feed others with it as love and caring. If we’re busy overflowing with nourishing “food”, then we’re not as susceptible to feeding "off of" emotional garbage, and getting sick from it. Do you have a loved one who frustrates you from time to time? You probably do, because that's life, so remember; you have a fundamental decision-point to deal with every time the cycle begins to occur. You can feed off of it, and get sick, or you can feed them with higher love, and the two of you will thrive. I know this seems hard, but feast upon positive stuff, and then keep your "feel good" energy flowing by “feeding” others with it. Always be prepared to love. Love when you don’t feel like it, love when the other seems unlovely, and love, just because you can!

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Simple Encouragement 2013

Friday, December 28, 2012

Our world is desperate for the high road of encouragement. The world is aching for Simple Encouragement®, the essence of “Life, healing and light™”. For me, there is no better thing to do than put words to paper that inspire people to make 2013 a year that embraces all of humanity in peace, with deep, sacred connection. 

Encouragement is cultivating people from all of your heart, to all of their being.

As a worldview, encouragement is an attitude of loving engagement, and what does this loving engagement reveal? Engaging others with an attitude of love, we are likely to experience hidden potential that the other can barely see, much less express. We may discover buried hurt begging for expression, and longing for the comfort of another. We might see a pocket of subtle shame, hiding, desiring a touch of understanding acceptance to free it. An attitude of loving engagement can speak “Life to potential, healing to pain, and light to darkness™” in a way that frees souls! This is the heart of Simple Encouragement®, and it will always cause the very best to rise in people.

It’s amazing what can be found deep within another when we search them with the right heart.

We can take one others for granted, you know, until that certain tragedy comes along. At those times, times of loss, we wish we had taken the time to really know that special being more deeply. When we search others with a heart that is free of pride, longing to give, and truly seeking to know, then we find the very best within them. Don’t be fooled by surface appearances, and remember, true love is curious, and cares to the point of action.

Help those around you to be bright! After all, they are your reflection.

I know; this is a hard one to “own”, but it’s true! Save for some unique situations, the look upon the faces of others tends to reflect the heart that is within us. Ponder that thought a bit, and it will certainly create the spiritual equivalent of “Happy Hour”! And when all is said and done, here’s the deal. Love is the flame. Encouragement is the spark. Feel the warmth!

Thanksgiving is a grateful state of mind, celebrated in heartbeats. Moment by moment, I am grateful for you!

Well, it’s true, and I thought it would be the ideal quote as I begin to close this article. I am so grateful to be able to connect with so many, helping you all to shine with “Life, healing and light”™ right there in your special corner of the world. You have a crucial mission to fulfill, so please, give someone the blessing of a “deeper you”. They deserve it, and you do too!

Aim high, hope deeply; expect miracles! I’m wishing you all a Simply Encouraging® New Year, and a blessed 2013!

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Joy To The World!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The plight of a “caregiver” I spoke with is summed up in their statement, “Although I don’t suffer his condition; I suffer his condition”. It made me wonder; are people suffering my "condition”, or am I making it easy for them? In case you’re wondering, my “condition” is “humanity”, and we all suffer it sooner or later, in one way or another. Unfortunately, there are some conditions that come with great pain beyond our control, and we simply burden others for a season of time. Yet, many of our “conditions” are well within our reach; “conditions” like negative attitudes or selfish outlooks. Given the fact that we have to burden one another some of the time, I think we should “balance the equation” and comfort others where we can. And if you’re “suffering a condition” that is of your own doing, then please, clean it up! If it’s within your power, then “condition your heart” such that you are a comfort and joy to those around you. Joy to the world! Actually, what a wonderful mantra for the season, and all year long. Joy to the world… Live it!

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Redo

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

As each day begins, remember, you are in someone’s head, and you are in someone’s heart. Isn’t that awesome! Someone, somewhere is thinking and feeling something about youSo, how do you think you’re “showing up” for those folks as they remember your last interaction with them? Is it with love and light and all good things, or not so much? 

I know, sometimes we leave a little trash upon the path of our lives, but it’s all right. We’re all human, so, “We get to mess up, we get to clean up, and we get to keep moving”. And remember, we all receive the graceful offer of a “redo” that comes with each new sunrise. So, consider this question as you start your journey this morning. 

Of those you meet today, how will you “show up” in their heads and hearts tomorrow? 

Please stop long enough to give that question a mindfully profound answer. Our legacy is simply the stacking up of our day-by-day decisions about how we want to show up tomorrow in the heads and hearts of those we touch todayMay we all be creating Simply Encouraging® Legacies full of “Life, healing, and light™”

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