Browsing the blog archives for May, 2014

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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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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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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Wake Up Call! – Your Mother’s Day Blessing

 


YOUR MOTHER’S DAY BLESSING

Naming your blessings is a reminder of who has blessed your journey.

My mother was not the easiest person. She was adept at isolating herself by her words and acts. She was also funny, proud of her sons and unexpectedly kind to strangers. It was an often confounding and complex mix of traits.

On Mother’s Day I choose to remember the blessings that she gave and left behind.

In naming the sacrifices she made for my benefit I am humbled. In her joy of entertaining I discovered the gift of hospitality. In her harsh judgments of others I was pointed to another way of experiencing life.

Like many she was doing the best she could with the tools she had. As she lay dying in our home she asked us, “Why do you love me so much?” It was a final blessing that loving another person is not in spite of them, but because of whom they are. Naming her blessings is a blessing. Whose blessings will you give thanks for today?

Call-to-Action:

  • Name the blessings that someone has bestowed on you

  • Ask to be a blessing to someone today

Notice how naming blessings allows you to be grateful for the complexities of your own life and those you love.

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Wake Up Call! – Judging Others

 


JUDGING OTHERS

Judging others is a choice to avoid the fullness of your life.

I called Ben on his constant dribble of judgment towards other people. After a very defensive response Ben acknowledged that passing judgment had become a way of life. He agreed to find some help.

He could have chosen to remain in his judgment comfort zone but was instead open to living beyond it.

Ben discovered that his judgments were a learned behavior from adults he’d grown up around. He also realized that judging others made him feel better about himself. “I learned that my judgments were a way to avoid truths about my own life” he confessed.

Living beyond judgment revealed a new way of being to Ben. He began to stop judging and start accepting others. His next epiphany was to stop judging and start loving. Ben said “I now inhabit my own life and I even love it.” What will you do with judgments?

Call-to-Action:

  • Replace a judgment with acceptance of another

  • Instead of judging try loving

Notice that the things you can do nothing about are released and those which you can change are seen differently when acceptance and love conspire.

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