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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Wake Up Call! – Dethrone Your Inner Critic

 


DETHRONE YOUR INNER CRITIC

Dethrone your inner critic and open your life to the positive energy of the Universe.

For years I thought it was normal behavior to be harsh on myself – my work wasn’t good enough, I could have done more for another person, my comments could have been phrased more clearly. The inner critic was running amok. This was not normal!

I made a choice to dethrone the inner critic.

I began to think of the inner critic as a monkey on my shoulder who delighted in tripping me up and keeping me from my own life and joy. The monkey’s comments from my shoulder did not have to be internalized or owned.

It was a simple yet life-changing new construct. I began to walk through the world differently. I discovered the life-giving energy of being kinder, gentler and more loving to myself and therefore to others. What needs to be dethroned in your life?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be mindful of what keeps you from the life-giving energy of the Universe

  • Be willing to dethrone it

Notice how dethroning what keeps you from your fullest self liberates your life.

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Wake Up Call! – Wrestling with Demons

 


WRESTLING WITH DEMONS

Wrestling with your demons is a choice to be free of them and discover new radiance.

My friend Dale spent decades living with the demon of believing he was not worthy. He could not let go of the ingrained childhood experience that he could not match up to the admiration his parents had for his two siblings.

Dale could have chosen to live with the label of being unworthy but instead decided to wrestle with this demon label and become free.

He wanted to believe that the unconditional love of his religion of birth was true. Not convinced, he began to search the essence of many spiritual traditions as if to exorcise his demon.

Along the way Dale learned practices of mindfulness and compassion for himself and others. When I asked him how he had become free of his demon he said, “By wrestling with it and in discovering that love is all that matters. Love for myself, for my life; love measured by my loving others without expectations.” He was radiant.

Call-to-Action:

  • Wrestle with your demons in order to clear a path to be free of them

  • Hold on to the touchstone of your own radiance

Notice how the wrestling allows new truth to offer itself to you.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Present to Another Person

 


PRESENT TO ANOTHER PERSON

Being present to another person is often the greatest offering you can make.

I was with a mother and son seeing one another for the first time since the mother had received news of having Stage Four cancer. They stood holding one another in a tight embrace. A few minutes later they held onto one another again.

Instead of pity, despair or anger they chose to be fully present to one another.

Through endless medical appointments and tests accompanied by a dear friend they processed their emotions and the options the mother faced.

In being present to one another their frankness about managing the cancer is laced with love about how to live and love through an experience that neither would have imagined. Being present to one another is the gift they offer in the midst of life being upended. How will you be present today?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be present to someone you love today.

  • Be present to love and life bundled together in even the most difficult situations.

Notice how being present to another shifts your courage.

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Wake Up Call! – Be Present to Love

 


BE PRESENT TO LOVE

Be present to the love of others and be renewed by the Universe’s pulse of love.

Our wedding was imagined as a celebration of the lives of those who nurture and fill us with gladness. Generous friends opened their home for our guests to feast and be together on the day before and after the wedding.

I could have seen the three days as a moveable feast but discovered that it was that and more.

In the circles of conversation, the telling of stories and the bringing together of relationships that have spanned years and decades I was filled with gratitude.

The gift of our marriage celebration was the reminder that love renews itself and us when we are present to it. How will you be present to love renewing itself in you and your relationships today?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be present to the love of others today.

  • Be attentive to the gift revealed in loving friendships.

Notice how your life is part of the Universe’s pulse of love.

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Wake Up Call! – Good & Bad News

 


GOOD & BAD NEWS

The tumble of good and bad news is often an invitation to pause and pay attention.

Jerry and I have felt the excitement mounting for weeks as our Memorial Day weekend wedding approaches. It felt shocking and profoundly sad to learn that one of our best friends was diagnosed with multiple cancers and could not join us. Our tears at this terrible news have been blended together with elation about our marriage.

Each day I choose to pause, breathe deeply and pay attention to what the good and bad news reveal.

Our friend’s news has heightened my awareness that each day is an invitation to name the blessings of those I love.

In the tumble of this week’s good and bad news a signpost is revealed to live in the present. My heart is filled with love and gratitude for each person who can and cannot be with us.

Call-to-Action:

  • Pause, breathe deeply and pay attention to what good or bad news reveals to you.

  • Allow your heart to be filled with loving gratitude.

Notice the surprising gift revealed in news of any kind.

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Wake Up Call! – The Worst of Times?

 


THE WORST OF TIMES?

In the worst of times remembering to be grateful clears a path forward.

Health problems, relationship difficulties and death have all recently surfaced in conversations with friends. Any of those situations have the power to consume and overwhelm all else. Each can wall you off from the rest of your life.

Each friend chose to be grateful for something or someone in the midst of the worst of times.

One of them said, “In choosing to express my gratitude for another person I’m reminded of the circle of people who nourish me. I need to be reminded of these life-givers.”

It’s easy to be grateful in the best of times, but it is in the worst of times that voicing gratitude becomes a blessing of hope, encouragement and love. Who or what will you give thanks for?

Call-to-Action:

  • When life is not going as well as you might like, be still and invite yourself to be grateful.

Notice how the path forward is illuminated by the gift of those whom you are grateful for.

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