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

Truisms

One of my earliest memories as a very young boy is my mother’s pronouncement over a particularly red sunset, “red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in the morning, sailors take warning”.  To this day, as recently as yesterday’s evening, when the sunset sky turns an intense red, I am that five-year-old boy, hanging on to truths she shared with me...

Timing

The idea that there is “a season for all good things” is well ingrained in my thinking.  Hearing my mother respond, “not now Bill” was a clear signal that I had misjudged the when and where.  My sense of timing was so consistently incorrect, that it is not hard to remember her tone of voice which came with each statement!  With the message reinforced...

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Teams

As we sat down for lunch, a group of friends began to gather.  Each had placed an order, and now they were regrouping around a picnic bench table which was just right for the six of them.  It took me a while to recognize they were more than casual friends.  As the wind picked up, randomly one after another reached for a sweatshirt.  Once everyone...

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Appropriate

Depending on where you are in the world, public behavior can be seen as appropriate while in others, potentially offensive.  I have come to appreciate how respect for another culture can play itself out in one’s behaviors, especially during a holiday season.  The example which comes to mind is the imaginary case of someone showing up to an Easter Service in a Halloween...

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Hearing

As I reflected on the missed call, I could hear a Whisper taking me to a life lesson.  I often find myself frustrated with silence, assuming it is the other party who carries the responsibility to communicate.  However, what if they did?  What if the communication had always been there?  There would be a logical reason for the reason I did not hear which...

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Universal

In the reality of working with more than thirty nationalities, I long for a universal language which transcends cultures, experiences, and languages.  I found myself imagining a future where there was a universal translator embedded within my mind which automatically allowed anyone to communicate with another.  As crazy as my imagination might seem to some, I have been reminded of the wonder...

View

One’s viewpoint follows one’s line of sight.  Stand on a mountain top and look west.  Voila, one sees what one can see.  As one turns on, the view changes.  Everything pivots on the choice of where to look.  I find myself rediscovering a lesson of how one sees and responds to life in any given moment.  As I hear a whisper, I turn, and everything changes in...

Exclusive

My grandfather was a preacher who lived out a simple life.  Seemingly by choice, which also reflected his earnings and savings, there were no flash cars, no expensive restaurants, or much of anything which drew attention to himself.  I am not sure he ever carried a credit card.  His journey took him to America’s South to India where he lived for almost fifty years.  During this...

Binary

There is a myth pervading the decisions I take.  The myth is that I can only choose the left or the right, choice A or choice B.  In my experience, decision making is a lot like sailing.  One attempts to what is at hand, current and wind, to move forward.  One strives to tell the truth, protect the feelings of those around you, hold onto...