The Only Thing More Important Than What You Say Is How You Say It
Dr. Henry Cloud
By Dr. Henry Cloud

Sometimes we have no idea what a simple prescription can do. The doctor tells you, “Just take this pill, and magic will happen.” You do it, and you get well. Things change … very simple.

Here is a simple prescription that I wanted to share with you: in whatever situation you find yourself, whether at work or in your personal life, something to focus on with all diligence is “tone.” Your “tone” is the way that you talk to someone, especially when they are doing something wrong, or not doing something that you want. We all have a tendency at some level to get aggravated and amped up a bit, depending on how much we are hurt, frustrated, or afraid. But, the kicker is this: the more our tone is negative towards someone, or angry, or escalated, the less chance we have of getting the outcome we desire.

The reason is when we are angry or negative, it causes […]

A New Approach to the Table
Shauna Niequist
By Shauna Niequist

In the last couple years, I’ve found that many of the most sacred moments of my life have taken place around the table. Young or old, male or female, married or single, I think the table matters for all of us. And I think the table matters whether we’re talking about a formal dining room set with matching china or a beat-up coffee table in a first apartment. What matters isn’t the food or the table or the settings. What matters is that we create spaces to see and hear one another, to learn one another’s stories, not just the textable sound bytes.

I want you to tell someone you love them, and dinner’s at six. I want you to throw open your front door and welcome the people you love into the inevitable mess with hugs and laughter. I want you to light a burner on the stove, to chop and stir and season with love and abandon. Gather the people you love around your table and feed them with love and honesty and […]

“Sunday Morning Music – Bruce Springsteen” by Griffin House
Griffin House
By Griffin House

We’ve changed the way we approach our Sunday Morning Music posts. For the past few months, these posts have been authored by artists so you could get a glimpse into what inspires them. We hope you enjoy today’s post from our friend, Griffin House.