Browsing the blog archives for July, 2014

Wake Up Call! – You Make a Difference

 


YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE

You make a difference in the world with your every word, act, hope and intention.

The news from many parts of the world, with one tragedy or war zone after another, has felt overwhelming. A friend expressed her exasperated despair as she said, “I want to give up on the people who keep hating and killing.”

For a moment it was a tempting option but I quickly remembered that to give up is to choose death.

I was reminded of the labels used to denigrate, deride and dehumanize one another. The labels used against you or me, the labeling of others that I condone by my silence or thoughtlessness; labels that allow the life of another to be devalued and then become the enemy or worse.

Instead of despair I recommit my life to being engaged, to see beyond labels, to use positive labels and to be mindful about what I do and say. I choose to be grateful that our lives are bundled together. What will you choose?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be awake to the truth that your life makes a difference in the world

  • Be mindful of the labels you choose to use

Notice how an engaged life feels.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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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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