Hi, my name is Bill. I love stories!

Hearing and sharing stories are a big part of living and growing. I in the hope my stories will help you discover and hear more of your own stories. Feel free to share and be part of the quest to discover and hear the Whispers in the moments we have.

Latest Thoughts

All In

Some look at Christmas and forget their childhood.  Others consider the holiday origin or the way businesses have hijacked the day and forget the holiday’s spirit.  My view is more relaxed.  Is there a literal St. Nick?  Maybe somewhere, sometime.  Is the holiday accurate in Christian history?  Other than a few characters, nothing suggests the holiday rests in historical truth.  In this knowledge, my response focuses on the...

Reference Point

In every conversation there is a starting point.  Sometimes you do not need to ask what it is.  In these conversations, care and kindness are so integral to the thoughts being expressed, that you can feel love’s gentle embrace wrapping around everyone in the room.  Even when the topic is difficult, I love these conversations.  The context in these conversations is a shared journey where...

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Variations

Watching how kids play brought back a flood of memories.  A young father was trying to give enough space for them to play without empowering them to annoy everyone around them.  I watched with empathy, remembering my dances as a young father attempting to have some control over two smart children who loved to push the edges.  It was a fine balancing act.  With...

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Tunnels

When I catch myself in a tunnel, I do everything in my power to stop and refocus.  One of my tactics is to clean and organize.  My habit of keeping slips of papers may be improving, but it is a long way from being organized.  My love of a clean desk should not lead anyone to believe my desk is clean on any given...

Feedback

The conversation was intense, candid, and, frankly, not very pretty.  Actions taken days previously were now visible to all.  The trust and confidence between colleagues had, from my perspective, been called into question by the decision another took not to act on what was agreed.   My attempt to share my feedback had failed.  What was heard was not the message I was trying to deliver.  Whatever...

Descriptors

It can be difficult to distinguish between a label, a handle, and a nickname.  Depending on the relationship between the person using the descriptor and the person being described or referenced, the same word can land with fondness and affection or bigotry and pain.  I wish every person, myself included, who used words and emotions to address others carefully considered their choice.  I recently...

Links

Links are everywhere I look, often when I do not want to see them.  It is especially true with outcomes in the mirror because of the actions of my hands and feet.  Each links to my criticism of others just a few days ago.  It is almost as if one fell into the same trap as everyone else and refuses to acknowledge it.  The switch...

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Next

One’s starting point will change the choices and possible outcomes one can see.  As a recent conversation on shared targets revealed, there were at least three different starting points.  While it took a long discussion to clarify the differences, I could see a convergence of awareness developing.  In this case, there was a clear choice.  Would the future be based on optimizing our individual contributions...

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Revelation

Revelations are not always positive.  In a particular situation, the more I know, the less I understand.  Another’s rhetoric is strong, consistent.  The body language tells a story of strong intent.  If one stopped here, hope would appear to be emerging with confidence.  In context, the revelation is distressing.  Decisions, choices, and actions tell a story that is not in sync.  Each revelation is forcing me to take...

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