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Wake Up Call! – Love no Matter What?

 


LOVE NO MATTER WHAT?

Celebrate the people who love you no matter what and do the same for others.

In my early teens I tried to take my own life because being gay seemed like a terrible and fearful thing. So I took what I thought were enough aspirin to do the job. I was surprised when I woke up the next morning.

Instead of imagining ending my life I had a vivid image of my grandmother’s embracing me and expressing their love.

The constancy of their love was a life jacket to me. Years later I began to understand that their love, which had turned my thoughts to life and not death, was the threshold of the journey to loving myself.

I think of them with gratitude, even though they have been dead for decades. I celebrate their love and hope that I am doing the same for others. Whose love has been a saving grace to you and how will your love be a life-jacket to others?

Call-to-Action:

  • Express your gratitude for those who have loved you no matter what

  • Be open to doing the same for others

Notice how your awareness of generous love expands your heart.

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Wake Up Call! – Live Generously!

 


LIVE GENEROUSLY!

To err on the side of generosity towards others is a choice to live well.

I held open the door to the dry cleaners to allow a harried looking man to go ahead of me. He threw three pairs of trousers on the counter and barked, “Three” as he radiated fury and rudeness. The generosity of spirit of the woman who served him was striking. I commented on her kindness.

She said to me, “I always have a choice to live generously or not.”

As we spoke she said, “I could experience his fury and get drawn into his behavior but I choose to believe that by being kind he might get a glimpse of another way to live.”

The result of erring on the side of generosity is to live well by choosing the markers how to live in the present. How will I choose when confronted by the fury of another? I’m counting on the grace of generosity.

Call-to-Action:

  • Mindfully err on the side of living generously each day

  • Be thankful for each person who tests the grace of generous living

Notice how you experience living well in the company of generosity.

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Wake Up Call! – Do Not Assume!

 


DO NOT ASSUME!

My assumptions about others may not be about them at all.

I was puzzled by my colleague Beth – she’d promised to record a message about a program that was dear to her heart. Each reminder was responded to positively but nothing was ever recorded. My assumption that she had an unspoken issue made me feel uncomfortable.

I could choose to feel unpleasant about my assumption or find out what had happened.

When we spoke Beth said, “I’ve been feeling so bad. I thought I knew how to record a video on my phone but every time I tried something got messed up. I felt incompetent and then my ex-husband started becoming abusive and I only had energy to deal with that.” Now I felt bad for Beth!

My assumption had offered negative energy. Our conversation was a reminder that our best intentions are interrupted by life. When my assumptions are challenged, explored and released I am grounded in the positive energy of the Universe.

Call-to-Action:

  • Be aware of your assumptions and the negative energy they can invite

  • Choose to be present to positive energy with others.

Notice the freedom of living beyond assumptions.

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Wake Up Call! – Let Go of Trying To Control

 


LET GO OF TRYING TO CONTROL

Let go of trying to control or change another person and find something to appreciate.

In the last year of her life my mother seemed determined to exceed her overweight status. The extra pounds kept further impairing her mobility. Whatever I offered – taking a short walk together, modifying her diet – was rebuffed with a terse “Yes, dear.”

I could live with my frustration at being unable to adjust her diet or I could let go of trying to change or control.

In choosing to let go I intentionally welcomed whatever surprise the Universe had in store for the two of us. Only Mom could have made the choice to change her habits!

Free of the change or control dynamics we settled into a new rhythm of appreciating one another as we were. The humor, the family stories and meals reflected a new ease. It was a more relaxed way to be present to one another.

Call-to-Action:

  • Be aware of how you try to change or control another person

  • Let go of it for both of your sakes

Notice how a circumstance that you cannot change is transformed when you release it.

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