Browsing the blog archives for February, 2014

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.

Share a story about forgiveness here.

Choose to make 2014 a New Year of love and trust

Finding purpose and meaning in your work

Pass this on! – 5 Tools for raising compassionate kids

A New Way to Be Human – available at Amazon, B&N and your local Indie book store.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Stop Complaining

 


STOP COMPLAINING

No matter how real my complaints are they invite me to take stock of what I’m blessed by.

I was at the end of a remarkable work project that consumed a lot of time. On the way home my thoughts were filled with a torrent of complaints about the journey back. They made me feel unpleasant.

Instead of wallowing in my complaints I asked why I giving them my attention.

Yes it was an arduous journey home to return to a busy schedule. But those were not the lenses that I want to choose because they keep me away from being aware of the blessings of life.

As I expressed my gratitude for the work I’d been able to do and the people I worked with I felt thankful; a more healthy energy and equilibrium was accompanied by calm.

Call-to-Action:

  • Be aware of what you choose to open your energy to

  • Express gratitude for the things and people that are a blessing

Notice how your valid complaints are seen with new eyes when you choose to name your blessings.

Share a story about complaints and blessings here.

Choose to make 2014 a New Year of love and trust

The real lessons we should learn from Mandela

Be Thankful! 5 Choices for a Life of Gratitude

Transform Your Life!cut the drama! Robert on Emotional Mojo

Finding purpose and meaning in your work

Pass this on! – 5 Tools for raising compassionate kids

A New Way to Be Human – available at Amazon, B&N and your local Indie book store.

Join Robert on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook

©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wakw Up Call! – Cringing to Celebrating

Your journey from cringing about qualities that define you to celebrating them is a gift to you and those around you.

A colleague in a large corporation unexpectedly thanked me for having a “kind heart and soul.” I smiled broadly and felt nourished by her words. I remembered how I used to cringe and deflect any comment about being kind. I admired kindness back then but feared it reeked of weakness

Over the years I’ve chosen to stop cringing and embrace kindness as a defining quality of my life.

In place of childhood resentment of my dad’s unfailing kindness is respect, thankfulness and admiration.

Travelling from cringing to celebrating has included a familiar journey for most of us. Kindness toward the failures and shadows of my life open up a river in which kindness can be given, received, sought and celebrated. I am nourished by the strength of kindness.

 

 


CRINGING TO CELEBRATING

Your journey from cringing about qualities that define you to celebrating them is a gift to you and those around you.

A colleague in a large corporation unexpectedly thanked me for having a “kind heart and soul.” I smiled broadly and felt nourished by her words. I remembered how I used to cringe and deflect any comment about being kind. I admired kindness back then but feared it reeked of weakness

Over the years I’ve chosen to stop cringing and embrace kindness as a defining quality of my life.

In place of childhood resentment of my dad’s unfailing kindness is respect, thankfulness and admiration.

Traveling from cringing to celebrating has included a familiar journey for most of us. Kindness toward the failures and shadows of my life open up a river in which kindness can be given, received, sought and celebrated. I am nourished by the strength of kindness.

Call-to-Action:

  • Name some beauty about a defining quality of yours that you keep at a distance

  • Listen to the words of others who see grace in your qualities

  • Give thanks for the quality that you are still trying to embracing

Notice how the journey from cringing to celebrating frees and nourishes you.

Share a story about moving from cringing to celebration here.

Choose to make 2014 a New Year of love and trust

The real lessons we should learn from Mandela

Be Thankful! 5 Choices for a Life of Gratitude

Transform Your Life!cut the drama! Robert on Emotional Mojo

Finding purpose and meaning in your work

Pass this on! – 5 Tools for raising compassionate kids

A New Way to Be Human – available at Amazon, B&N and your local Indie book store.

Join Robert on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook

©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Do Something for Others

 


DO SOMETHING FOR OTHERS

Doing something for a person in need celebrates your shared humanity.

Jill was in the ICU being valiant about a fast moving cancer that upended her life in a matter of months. This vibrant woman in her fifties had a simple request to have her hair done. A friend called the salon that Jill used to see if someone could go to the hospital. The request was passed on to Max who owns this large bustling salon.

He could have chosen to ask one of his many stylists to go but made a different choice.

Max went to the ICU to style Jill’s hair and her smile revealed her gratitude. Refusing payment Max said it was just a small gift.

A few days later Jill died. A simple act lifted Jill’s spirits as she struggled with life and death. Max was tearfully glad to have responded to Jill’s need. Whose need will you choose to respond to this week? What will it reveal about your shared humanity?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be open and aware to the unexpected need of another

  • Be mindful that your choices reveal something about the gift of being human

Notice how your act of caring is a celebration of our shared humanity.

Share a story about helping others here.

Choose to make 2014 a New Year of love and trust

The real lessons we should learn from Mandela

Be Thankful! 5 Choices for a Life of Gratitude

Transform Your Life!cut the drama! Robert on Emotional Mojo

Finding purpose and meaning in your work

Pass this on! – 5 Tools for raising compassionate kids

A New Way to Be Human – available at Amazon, B&N and your local Indie book store.

Join Robert on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook

©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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