Wake Up Call! – Pause to Take Time

 


PAUSE TO TAKE TIME

Pause to take time with a stranger or friend and be surprised by what it reveals.

A person I barely know wrote about how surprised he was that I stopped to chat with him while out walking. He said it revealed his dislike for the barriers of self-protection that he has built around his life. His self-realization made me think about my simple intuitive act of stopping to chat.

I wondered what drives the choices I make when I pause to take time with a stranger or friend.

Is it my natural curiosity about the stories of others? Is it my delight in knowing something about another person? Is it my life’s belief at work that we need one another?

Perhaps there is no single answer. I’m grateful to the many who took the time to comment on our unplanned conversation. It’s made me more mindful of paying attention to my intuition in pausing during the day to spend some time with a friend or stranger.

Call-to-Action:

  • Allow yourself to pause and take time with others

  • Be attentive to what it reveals to you

Notice how unplanned time with others inspires, motivates or enlivens life.

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Wake Up Call! – Unexpected Invitations

 


UNEXPECTED INVITATIONS

Life’s unexpected moments are an invitation to be generous.

I watched as two young children on a ferry boat responded to the choppy waves by throwing up. Those sitting around them held their breath as if to avoid the stench of the vomit. The parents scurried to clean up.

In that moment the man sitting behind them chose to move into action.

When I asked him why he had helped clean the vomit, he said, “It’s hard to be parents and deal with the unexpected. I know how to clean up after kids so I jumped into help just because I could.”

As I watched the parents express their gratitude to this stranger for his generous kindness their relief was palpable. The unexpected retching had been transformed by the way in which a stranger had responded to life’s surprises. What will you respond to today?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be aware of life around you and the invitations it extends

  • Be willing to be kind and generous in how you respond

Notice how your mindfulness about life’s surprises enlivens and connects you to others.

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Wake Up Call! – Why Do You Love?

 


WHY DO YOU LOVE?

When you love yourself loving others is less complicated!

Decades loving others was driven in part by my need to know that I was worthy of love. Philosophically and spiritually I was drawn to work with the hungry and homeless and people with HIV. Then the day arrived when I realized, “I’m also doing this work to fill the big hole of not loving myself fully.”

I could have chosen to ignore this new insight but I knew my life and spirit was at stake.

As I worked with spiritual guides, a therapist and sundry workshops I began to let go of old messages that I wasn’t good enough. In setting those messages free a new space emerged to love myself with all of my quirks.

In this new ever-unfolding space I continue to love through what I do. But now I meet others in their own neediness loving myself as I am, for who I am. It is a love that begs to be shared freely without needing to be returned. How will such love surprise me today?

Call-to-Action:

  • Choose to love yourself today in spite of one thing that keeps you from doing so

  • Treat that love with care

Notice how loving yourself allows you to meet and love others in all of their wonder and complexity.

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Wake Up Call! – Stop Rescuing & Trust

 


STOP RESCUING AND TRUST

Let go of rescuing and trust in the life that is yours.

Marta shared an epiphany with me. “I rescue my 40 year old daughter all the time. I make excuses for her. I buy into her stories of always being wronged.” Then she added, “The worst part of it is that I have believed this is normal.”

Marta had a choice to keep rescuing or to change her own behavior.

With the support of a trusted friend Marta began to stop buying into her daughter always being wronged. She stopped bailing her out. She said, “My friend’s role is to keep me accountable and to make sure that I’m choosing this out of love.”

What surprised Marta was that with each step she began to trust in her own life. She said, “It took several years for it to sink in to my daughter that only she could rescue her own life. I pray that someday soon she will start to trust in the life that is hers. I love her by trusting in the life that is mine. “

Call-to-Action:

  • Choose to love by not rescuing

  • Name something each day that makes you glad about the life that is yours

Notice how trusting in your life opens up a generous and open-hearted life with others.

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Wake Up Call! – Your Powerful Memories

 


YOUR POWERFUL MEMORIES

Pay attention to what your memories of deceased loved ones point you to.

Recently on my father’s birthday I was filled with memories of him. Although he died eight years ago these memories were all of him sitting drinking tea or beer with challenging people. The memories included those who made fun of his graciousness and engagement.

More than just pleasant remembrances I chose to receive them as a lesson illuminating my life.

As a kid I cringed at feeling the need to defend my dad’s gracefulness from those who thought he was too “nice.” I felt conflicted wondering if he was weak or clueless.

These birthday memories remind me that it dad’s inner strength allowed him to be graceful and gracious with even the most difficult people. He’d made a choice to not be like them but to engage them. It points me to the choices I have for living with grace. What will your memories of a loved one point you to?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be aware of memories pointing you to new learning’s

  • Celebrate the lives of those who you remember

Notice how what you learn from the memory of a deceased love one keeps them vibrantly alive in your heart.

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Wake Up Call! – You Make a Difference

 


YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE

You make a difference in the world with your every word, act, hope and intention.

The news from many parts of the world, with one tragedy or war zone after another, has felt overwhelming. A friend expressed her exasperated despair as she said, “I want to give up on the people who keep hating and killing.”

For a moment it was a tempting option but I quickly remembered that to give up is to choose death.

I was reminded of the labels used to denigrate, deride and dehumanize one another. The labels used against you or me, the labeling of others that I condone by my silence or thoughtlessness; labels that allow the life of another to be devalued and then become the enemy or worse.

Instead of despair I recommit my life to being engaged, to see beyond labels, to use positive labels and to be mindful about what I do and say. I choose to be grateful that our lives are bundled together. What will you choose?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be awake to the truth that your life makes a difference in the world

  • Be mindful of the labels you choose to use

Notice how an engaged life feels.

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Wake Up Call! – Savor Life Today!

 


SAVOR LIFE TODAY!

Savor life’s simplest moments and enter into the grandeur of their beauty.

I was sitting on my deck in the fading afternoon sunlight reviewing some work when I noticed my dog Lucy. She was alternating between rolling on her back in the grass and playing with a squeaky toy. As I laughed she bounded up to me offering a toy to throw for her.

I could have put no store in Lucy’s antics but realized she was reminding me of a profound life lesson.

As we walked off playing fetch I remembered too many years in my life when I was too preoccupied with busyness to savor the simplest moments of everyday life and the grandeur of their beauty.

Lucy reminds me that the simplest moments of life are to be delighted in right now. What moments will you savor today? What beauty will you discover in them?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be awake to savoring the simplest moments each day

  • Be aware of the beauty they reveal

Notice how being awake, aware and present to the simplest moments of your day fills you with gladness.

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Wake Up Call! – Vulnerable & Intimate

 


VULNERABLE & INTIMATE

Intimacy reflects your willingness to be vulnerable.

We were two men talking about men needing to stop gender based violence. We’d only ever spoken on the phone but there we were sharing very personal stories. Those in the audience said, “You two were so emotionally intimate and your body language reflected it.”

We could have chosen to be two talking heads but instead chose to be vulnerable.

As we spoke about re-imagining the toolbox of manhood we illustrated our discussion with stories about our surprising, transformative moments of love and tenderness being part of what it means to be a man. Quite naturally we touched one another in the ways that longstanding friends trust one another to do.

The result was that our words and body language were in a state of harmony that unwittingly became part of the teaching and learning of the evening. Who will you trust to be vulnerable and emotionally intimate with?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be willing to trust being vulnerable

  • Be aware of a shared vulnerability creates emotional and spiritual intimacy

Notice how a richly textured tapestry of life reveals itself to you.

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Wake Up Call! – Free of Your Fear?

 


FREE OF YOUR FEAR?

What we do with our fears is more telling than the fear itself.

Something clicked with my three year old nephew. Always fearful about the pool he was willing to go in with me a few weeks ago. As we splashed about his reluctance gave way to comfort and soon he was playing water games with the other kids his age.

We could have chosen to stick with trying to get his toes in the water but instead he chose to wade in the water.

The following week he took his first swimming lesson and now he relishes every opportunity to be in the pool. His delight about the water is infectious.

Splashing in the water and laughing, my nephew reminds me that what we do with any of our fears is how we discover freedom from them. How will you choose to live beyond your fears and who might you trust to walk you through them?

Call-to-Action:

  • What fear do you need to wade through and beyond?

  • Who will you choose to walk through your fear with?

Notice how each time you move beyond a fear you shed a limitation and discover new life.

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Wake Up Call! – The Rethink Reveal

 


THE RETHINK REVEAL

 

Rethink your labeling of something and open yourself to surprising new life.

Many people use Hip-Hop as a label that is synonymous with violence, degradation of women and homophobia. A lot of it is exactly that. I recently spent time with two Hip-Hop creatives who amazed me with a different truth and history about their art form.

I could have clung on to the Hip-Hop label I thought I knew but chose to be open to what their creative passion revealed.

I discovered that this music genre also has a history of transcending gang warfare and pointing to a different, peaceful and positive path! The artists I was with are consumed with teaching young people to create transformative Hip-Hop.

Peeling away an unexamined label revealed a Hip-Hop that is celebratory, positive and hopeful. What labeling of something or someone will you rethink?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be aware of the labels you use and the assumptions that go with them

  • Be open to rethinking them

Notice how rethinking a label reveals unexpected new life and possibilities.

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