Mi crisis, su crisis?

Or better, su crisis mi crisis?

I’m having a sort of “bubble day.” Things are relatively peaceful. They weren’t like this yesterday and won’t be tomorrow. But they are today. My projects are in other people’s hands, I’m getting to work on Q2 projects, and I’m getting caught up on the paper. Very nice.

During this day, I’ve noticed that some people thrive on crisis. Some of the calls I’ve gotten today have sent my adrenal glands fits.

For no apparent reason. At least to me.

So here’s my lesson for the day: People can only steal my peace if I let them.

These people were nice, well meaning individuals. Some were even working on my projects. But I don’t have to panic.

It takes discipline to stay in the gift of a bubble day. I hope I make these muscles stronger!


Roughing it in Charleston, SC

I’m in Charleston for Blackbaud’s Conference on Philanthropy. Already I’ve had an incredible time!

  • Saturday, the US Airways folks in Portland, ME kindly put me on a United flight to make sure I got to Charleston in time. The airlines worked together! That seems like a miracle.
  • Then I met a brand new believer in O’Hare that was coming to this conference! We had a great talk about things ranging from Jesus and Judaism to Christians and the arts.
  • Then I found out I had been put in First Class by the Portland folks! So cool.
  • In first class, I got into a wonderful conversation with the passenger across the aisle. Turns out he was a senior official in South Carolina government and a creator of businesses I’ve heard about. He invited me to his church, St. Andrews.
  • I didn’t see him at St. Andrew’s but that didn’t surprise my, he’d just flown in from Beijing! But I did have a wonderful time worshipping with the folks at St. Andrew’s. I was even taken in by a family. Paul and Ellen have kids similar to our kids age and had familiarity with Augusta, Maine! They ended up taking me out to lunch and showing me around Mt. Pleasant.
  • In the afternoon, I attended a terrific pre-conference seminar about marketing planned giving. It’s so nice to hear someone else stress the things I stress in my teaching: relationships, asking people when they want to be asked and what they’re interested in, and using research to be a more relational fundraiser. (I actually thought he might have heard my CDE program!)
  • Then last night, after a lavish reception hosted by Blackbaud, I went to a Sara Groves, Chris Rice, and Jars of Clay! What an incredible concert. I’ve used Sara Groves in a sermon a few months ago. Chris Rice’s “I’m Smelling Coffee” inspired the URL of this blog. And I’m inspired by Jars of Clay’s focusing on being great artists for the King.

So, here I am, roughing it in Charleston, SC. *grin*

Who knew 80’s music could become a plug for VCW?

Yep, that was me on Mix 107.9 today around 8:15 a.m. (You would have known from the corny “cram spelled backwards” comment I made on the air!)

I heard a quiz on my way to get my van oil checked. The question was: what was the name of the 2 old guys in the balcony in the Muppet Show? Statler and Waldorf. (I didn’t know this. They gave three options and this was the most natural to me.)

I called on a whim, figuring someone else probably had won, but I got through. The DJ took my name and phone number and asked me to stay on the line while he “checked something out.”

The next thing I knew, I was on the radio. They must have had a lot of dead air to fill because they kept me on for a while. I was able to plug Central Motors Group (they heard the auto work in the background.) They asked me if I knew the names of Columbus’ three ships. (I got 2 out of 3. Evidently the “Pinto” wasn’t invented until the 20th century. *grin*)

Then they asked me if I had an 80’s song to request. Naturally, I chose “Eye of the Tiger.” On the spur of the moment, I decided to dedicate it to the folks at the Vineyard Church of Waterville. I was sure to tell them about the time the worship team started strumming “Eye of the Tiger” as I came up to preach. When I heard the song, I dropped to the floor and started doing military push-ups, trying to be as Rocky-like as possible.

My wife made them promise to not do that again. Our worship leader, Mike Allen, told her not to worry, he never would do that again.

Who would’ve guessed I’d get to tell that story on Mix 107.9 during one of the highest listening times of the day? And that I’d win a free car wash and 80’s CD in the deal.

Looks like this will be an interesting week!

It’s all about the language

Have I mentioned how much I love Starbucks?

One of the coolest things is the “coffee language” they’ve almost single-handedly created. Frappucino; Venti; Doppio; etc.

If you control the language, you control how the story is told.

Wouldn’t it be great if your organization or church were able to create language that described life so well it caught on nationally?

Why don’t you?

Feel free to post your ideas as comments!

Personality Traits

ENFJ – “Persuader.” Outstanding leader of groups. Can be aggressive at helping others to be the best that they can be. 2.5% of total population.

Personality tests by similarminds.com

A client is having her group take one of the personality tests found on similarminds.com. I came out a “9” on the enneagram and an “ENFJ” on the Myers-Briggs-but-not-officially-Myers-Briggs test.

I love being reminded that not everyone sees the world as I do. Not only does it help me deal with peopl not like me. It also helps me realize that I need people that see things differently.

If you haven’t checked out a site like similarminds.com, why not give it a whirl. It’s all free (and no pop-ups). Or else stop by Personality-Insights.com and pick up a copy of their self-scoring adult profile.

Personality information should never be used as an excuse for not behaving appropriately. But they can be helpful in helping you live to your strengths.