Browsing the blog archives for April, 2014

Wake Up Call! – The Gratitude Surprise

 


THE GRATITUDE SURPRISE

Be prepared to be surprised by gratitude.

Each year on my birthday I begin the day by entering into gratitude. I start by naming people who have shaped me. Then I offer an intention to be surprised by gratitude throughout the day.

I could choose to see my birthday as a day much like any other but this practice brings surprises.

This year rich childhood memories of my parents were joined by unexpected memories of those who have disturbed my life or caused pain to me.

The surprise was the reminder that those who brought about painful or upending experiences gave me an unintended gift. It is a gift of intentionality about choosing what grounds my life. With gratitude I offer an intention for the well-being of my unexpected gift-bearers. Who and what will you be grateful for?

Call-to-Action:

  • Express your gratitude for at least one person today

  • Offer your intention to be surprised by gratitude

Notice the unexpected surprises gratitude brings to your life.

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Wake Up Call! – Your Self-Compassion

 


YOUR SELF-COMPASSION

The path beyond being harsh on yourself is the way of self-compassion.

I was reflecting on a recent speaking engagement and berating myself for not answering a question as clearly as I could have. Yes, such moments are invitations to learn but there I was being harsh about it.

I could have stayed under that negative cloud but instead chose the path of self-compassion.

As I mindfully recalled the engagement I visualized the audience – the engaged faces and body language, the insightful array of questions and people lingering to talk afterwards. As I gave thanks for those present I felt compassion for each person.

Yes, I had done a good job! I was able to be tender, appreciative and compassionate to myself for all that was done well. The harshness began to dissipate in the life-giving light of compassion. What will self-compassion reveal to you?

Call-to-Action:

  • Acknowledge it when you are being harsh on yourself

  • Name the beauty in you and in what you do

Notice how the way of self-compassion quickens your delight in yourself and others.

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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.

Share a story about humor here.

Transform your life with The Book of Forgiving

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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