Wake Up Call! – Your Courage

 


YOUR COURAGE

Your courage to be guided by what sustains your life is a precious gift.

I was mesmerized by a formation of twelve hundred stones this week. I was on Robben Island and each stone had been placed by a former political prisoner at a reunion marking their years or decades of incarceration.

I could have viewed it as another cairn of stones but instead it was a place of pilgrimage.

Thinking of the great pilgrim sites I remembered their drawing us into truths more spacious than ourselves. I was invited to think of the courage of each person who had placed a stone on the cairn; the courage to believe in freedom and their own worth in the midst of attempts to destroy them.

The courage of ordinary people has filled my mind this week. It’s caused me to pause and acknowledge the dark moments in which I’ve had the courage to sustain my own worth and goodness. What courage sustains you on your journey?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be thankful for the courage of those known and unknown to you

  • Be mindful of the courage you have in life’s challenging times

Notice how courage sustains you and give thanks for its many expressions.

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Wake Up Call! – Finding Humor

 


FINDING HUMOR

Finding humor in challenging moments transforms you and the situation!

In the last months of our Mom’s life my brother and I noticed the increasing frequency with which she said “Yes, dear.” This all too familiar phrase of hers to dismiss us or our suggestions did not seem helpful at first.

We could have chosen a path of exasperated frustration but instead discovered humor in the phrase.

“Yes, dear” soon peppered the conversations my brother and I had about our Mom. The humor of it created space to step back from challenging moments with affection and compassion. In her final weeks our Mom even discovered the humor of her phrase.

In the midst of the sadness of preparing for my mother’s death, tough decisions were leavened by affectionate humor. Instead of reliving family history or drama we became aware of grace and love. What humor illumines your life?

Call-to-Action:

Be aware of how challenging situations can consume you.Discover gentle, affectionate humor in the situation

Notice how humor leavens a situation and illuminates it with new light.

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Wake Up Call – Contagious Happiness

 


CONTAGIOUS HAPPINESS

When you do something that makes you happy your happiness is contagious.

I wondered if I really had time for the hike I wanted to take. I was convincing myself that tasks to be done could only be accomplished if I let go of the hike. I could feel my frustration growing!

I could have chosen to prioritize my personal task list but chose to be attentive to why I needed to hike.

At the head of the trail I wondered if I should have stayed home. Then I began to notice the enjoyment of the other hikers I passed and settled in to listening to my breath and taking in the beauty around me. I smiled at myself for having made this choice so agonizing!

That evening over a meal with friends I was asked why I seemed so happy. As I spoke about the hike others started to talk about a particular happiness in their day. What choices will you make about doing that which spreads happiness?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be mindful of the choices you make each day

  • Be aware of who and what makes you happy

Notice how happiness choices enliven you and others.

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Wake Up Call! – Your Labels

 


YOUR LABELS

When people label you can choose to honor, reject or redefine the label.

What labels have been applied to you? I remember the first time I was called a faggot. I was 13 years old and I cringed with fear, shame, anger and rejection. I knew that I was gay and the label was intended to diminish and demean.

I could choose to accept the terror of the label or I could wrestle with a richer truth that seemed hard to articulate at that age.

Over the years I befriended the “f…..” label as I accepted who I am. When I hear that word I feel affection toward it even though I know it is still a weapon for others.

I’ve learned that a myriad of labels used to define me can be interpreted in many ways for good or ill. When I am grounded in who I am I can honor their goodness, redefine their intent, or reject them. What will you do with the labels used about you?

Call-to-Action:

  • Remember not to cede your life to the labeling of others

  • Be mindfully grounded in the richness of who you are

Notice how a label can be transformed and free you for goodness.

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Wake Up Call! – Unleashing Gratitude!

 


UNLEASHING GRATITUDE

Unleash your gratitude for friends that include nature, animals and humans.

I was with my dog Lucy in the waiting room of a veterinary hospital surrounded by animals and their human companions. As I chatted with people I was struck by their tender concern for their animals and the affection radiated by the animals.

I could have ignored this ecosystem of friendship but found myself celebrating it with new awareness.

As I gave thanks for Lucy’s loving friendship and playfulness in our household I remembered her lavish attention given to my dying mother and the comfort it brought to my mom. A memory surfaced of Sheba, the dog who gently nurtured me back to health after my teenage spinal surgeries.

My gratitude for the animals in my life has a keener appreciation to it. Their friendship is as vibrant and life-giving as any other. It feels like a richer circle of gratitude.

Call-to-Action:

  • Expand your expressions of gratitude

  • Be mindful of the friendships with nature, animals and people

Notice the lusher ecosystem of friendships that bless your life.

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Wake Up Call! – Kindness Mantra

 


KINDNESS MANTRA

Living with the intention to practice an act of kindness each day is transformative.

Last week I remembered the words of a wise guide who once said, “Be intentional about practicing an act of kindness every day because it will become a life-changing mantra.” I was on a small commuter plane last week and noticed that a young child and her dad were not able to sit together.

I could have kept my coveted aisle seat but instead chose to switch seats so they could be together.

It was a simple thing to offer. I was unprepared for the gratitude of the father. My joy was in hearing the two of them chatting on the flight in the row behind me.

As I remembered the wise words that led me to begin each day with an intention to be kind I realized that this mantra for daily living is an opportunity to be aware of those around me. What word, gesture or act of kindness will present itself today?

Call-to-Action:

  • Begin each day with an intention to be kind

  • Be aware of unexpected opportunities for kindness each day

Notice how the intention to be kind becomes a life-changing mantra in your daily interactions.

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Wake Up Call! – Bursts of Silence!

 


BURSTS OF SILENCE!

Short bursts of silence allow you to be present to what matters in your life.

The host of a business meeting invited the participants to honor a two minute silence of mindfully being present to their own breathing. I was unprepared for the request and surprised by an executive who said afterwards, “I’m always on the go, multitasking; my mind races. I forget to be still and allow the silence to reconnect me to what matters.”

The choice to be present to the stillness is a choice about how to navigate each day.

As I listened to the reaction of that executive I realized that my own practice of short bursts of silence is all too easily upended by the insistent din of the supposedly urgent.

I once thought that two minutes bursts of silence were not enough to remind me of the grounding of my life. But I’ve learned that their gift is immeasurable. My day is rejuvenated and refocused by them. What will I chose when the urgent detracts me from what is important?

Call-to-Action:

  • Choose to be present to your breath in silence

  • Select a few times that work in the rhythm of your day

Notice how the stillness of a burst of silence refocuses your day.

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Wake Up Call! – Forgiveness is Good For You

 


FORGIVENESS IS GOOD FOR YOU!

Forgiveness is good for your health and well-being.

Sitting across the table from a family member I felt unexpected sadness and anger about her words and judgments used to demonize me. I’d forgiven her years ago but there I was wrestling anew wit emotions stirred up in me. She was being charming and had no conscious memory of what she had once done.

I could choose to be embraced by an old hurt or be reminded that forgiveness was necessary again.

To forget her actions was not a truthful choice. But I knew that without forgiving her I would diminish my own life and health.

As I sat across from her offering silent words of forgiveness I was able to be present to the now even as I understood that it was not safe to be vulnerable with her. In the weeks that followed I was reminded of the loving freedom that results when I choose to forgive.

Call-to-Action:

  • Remember that forgiveness is good for your health and well-being

  • Choose to either be owned by a past injury or live in the freedom of forgiving

Notice how forgiveness creates a more generous and loving path for your life.

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Choose to make 2014 a New Year of love and trust

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