I confess, I haven't even read the book. I just wish I'd thought of the title: Help, Thanks, Wow--The Three Essential Prayers.
Seems like every day someone I'm training or coaching says or does something that tugs at the deeper roots of their lives and relationships. They use their time with me to get out-loud with where they're restless or stuck or worried or ambitious or lost or overwhelmed or grateful or awestruck, and I then hear it: Help, Thanks, Wow (HTW). These are the roadsigns that tell me someone is en route to changing his or her life or job and generally making things better.
I think we are hardwired for HTW moments, but they can easily fly by without our notice or appreciation. To catch them, human brains need a little extra safety, a little slower pace and something that inspires. Here's an experiment for creating the conditions for HTW:
- Pick a time when you can get into the slow lane--maybe literally. As you slow your pace, try slowing your breath too. (There's a little exercise you can try at top right of the page).
- If you invite anyone else to be around for this (even God), pick personalities who can join you in the slower pace/breath stuff.
- Steps 1 and 2 will help you to pay attention to what might happen next: What will that deep and quiet part of your heart decide to start talking about?