Living Yes…And! #4

Freedom AND Accountability YES, I love freedom!  Living in the United States allows me great freedom to live.  Working at the Senior Level for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship allows me great freedom to make good friends.  Being a person of faith allows me great freedom to explore, pray, struggle.  My awesome wife, Gail, allows me the freedom to be myself and express my inner crazy.  My family and friends allow me the freedom to wrestle with my inner demons and play with my inner clowns.  These freedoms given to me are precious and not taken for granted. AND, I need accountability.  Living in the United States requires certain accountabilities if I want to hold on to my freedoms.  My work requires certain actions from me if I want to continue leading in this position.  My faith requires certain responses from me as I grow deeper and more mature.  My wife requires a high level of accountability to continue building trust and deepening our love.  My family and friends require accountability if we are going to continue journeying together.  The accountabilities with which I wrestle allow me to live even more fully into the precious freedoms of life. We can live totally free ignoring all the accountabilities but not for long.  We can live totally bound up by  all the accountabilities but not for long.  Living Yes…And allows me to live free AND to be accountable and to embrace the tension between the two.  Easter frees us up and holds us accountable.  Living Yes…And just might make us Easter people! A Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster   What to do when it’s your...

Living Yes…And! #3

YES to Owning Books…AND to Reading Them! The question usually arises quickly after a new visitor comes into my office, “Have you READ all these books?”  And, my reply is usually, “Well, parts from most of them!” See, when I was in Seminary, we didn’t have the internet or virtual books.  The advice every professor gave us was, “Build your library!” And, I have tried to take their advice, buying books and filling shelves with volumes that I figured would perhaps be needed some day.  Today, I’m filling my IPad with volumes, pleasure reading and professional reading!  Instant Library, wow! Some of these books have been very useful to my writing and teaching.  Some of them have greatly influenced my life.  And, others of them are there if I need a reference or insight. Lately, I’ve begun giving some of these away to younger seminarians.  Some of them have been donated to the library.  The books I’m holding on to are books I claim as very important to me.  And, a few of the ones I haven’t read, I’m going to hold on to and read and internalize. I’m grateful for writers who have shared insights and learnings.  I’m grateful for the inspiration they’ve chosen to share and the learning they’ve passed along.  Books will always be constant companions for my journey.  Some of them are treasured friends who have guided my footsteps for years and years.  Owning books is a wonderful luxury.  Reading books…always a grand adventure.   Here are a few of my favorites… Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation A New Kind of Christian Creativity in Business Good to Great What...

Living Yes…And! #2

YES to wonderful mess AND to focus! I wish that I could focus on just one thing and do it for the rest of my life.  I have soooo many things that spark my curiosity that some days I have trouble focusing at all.  Just look at my Facebook page…it’s a mess.  There are motivational quotes, pictures of our grand-twins, posts from articles I’ve read, snippets from my get healthy journey, likes of other people’s posts, and on and on! In a recent conversation about redoing my Facebook page to focus on one thing, my media coach said, “Prosser, own who you are!  You are all those wonderful things that you post.  Focus on who you are!”  Great advice!  Patricia Ryan Madson, writing in Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up        says, “Instead of preparing for an outcome, ready yourself for whatever is about to happen.  Allow yourself to be surprised.  (44) So, I’m not a mess or maybe I am!  AND, I’m a combination of many wonderful things.  I’m choosing to say “Yes…And!” to the many facets that combine to make me!  Leader of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship movement, Enter-trainer, Story Teller, Humor, Creativity & Improv. Coach, Adult Learning instructor, Author, Song Writer, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Uncle, Nephew…and so much more! Are you saying “Yes…And!” to your wonderful mess or trying to fit your “square peg-ness” into a round hole?? Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation              ...

Living Yes…And! #1

YES to Ambiguity AND to clarity! We live in the ambiguity of the times.  There are too many who are quick to tell us No!  There are others who write us off when we disagree with them.  Yet, there is just too much “gray” in the world for me to be convinced that there is one right answer on anything. These are times that call for lots of dialogue.  And, dialogue is best conducted not in heated debate but in “yes…and” conversations. In “improvisational leadership,” we know the best way to keep the interactions going is to agree and to add to the conversation.  So, that is what this blog is going to be about. So…here’s an example. Question:  Should I lose weight? Response:  Yes, but you should go very slowly.  (Which basically means losing weight is not going to happen.) Consider this response to the same question. “Yes, AND you should do this in such a way that you remain healthy in your weight loss journey.” This response is a bit more encouraging and relates to the more macro goal of getting healthy.  So, there will be no debates here.  I’ll be sharing thoughts around general ideas periodically and inviting you to read and journey with me.  There will also be some book recommendations along the way. Is this going to be fun? Yes…AND…we might just learn some things together along the way. Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up The Improv Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond Dr. A’s Habits of Health: The path to permanent Weight Control and Optimal Health Lessons...