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Wake Up Call! – Extraordinary Gifts!

 


EXTRAORDINARY GIFTS!

Transforming a gift into something extraordinary for others is an act of loving oneness.

I knew that the second box of Saffron given to me would remain unused so I asked a friend if she could use it. She was overjoyed to receive it. The next weekend she posted on Facebook that she had used the spice to make a chicken dish that she served to 100 people at a soup kitchen.

Instead of keeping the gift for the enjoyment of her immediate circle she chose to use it all in an offering for the hungry.

When I asked her what prompted this she said, “I wanted to use this exotic expensive spice to create a beautiful meal. I didn’t want to hold on to it like a personal treasure. The best part was seeing how much the meal was enjoyed.” Then she giggled with delight!

A simple act – a gift shared in the creation of an extraordinary meal – was with joy from those not expecting such a feast. What gift of yours will be transformed into something unexpected and extraordinary?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be mindful of the many gifts you have

  • Be present to unexpected opportunities to do something extraordinary

Notice how your act of transforming a gift into something for others affirms our oneness.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Scars of Beauty

 


SCARS OF BEAUTY

It’s in the scars of my life that I discover the love and kindness that shape my heart.

A good friend and I sat on the lawn talking about the most difficult and harrowing experiences we have each lived through. We know one another so well that we didn’t need to dwell on the pain, fears or maliciousness of those experiences. It was a conversation of thankfulness for what we have learned.

It was a choice not to dwell on past hurts but to explore the rich texture of life that the scars reveal.

As we spoke of wading through and beyond the muck we remembered the moments of being there for one another and those who loved us amidst the shards. And we named our own mistakes and naivete.

As we hugged one another we shed thankful tears for our hearts and lives expanded with love, kindness and gentleness toward ourselves and all who had contributed to the luminous scars and their healing. The response was our gratitude for the journey thus far.

Call-to-Action:

  • Befriend your scars by naming the beauty they reveal

  • Pay attention to the gift each scar has bestowed

Notice how your life is shaped by the rich texture of transformed scars.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – What Matters

 


WHAT MATTERS

Some of my concerns seem trivial, keeping me from what matters most.

On the last leg of a trip a delay kept me in the airport for hours. I was tired and longed to be home. My frustrations were interrupted by watching a family with three young kids, one of whom was in a wheelchair following cancer treatments. Their tender interactions were remarkable. As we spoke I realized I was in the presence of love.

I could have held onto my frustrations but instead was invited to return to what matters most on the landscape of my life.

The family whom I encountered caused me to think about those who have nursed, nurtured and nourished me with loving care. My thoughts of them soon morphed into gratitude.

Instead of a frustrated passenger boarding my last flight home I got onto the plane feeling grateful. I fell asleep that night feeling blessed by the people and love that matter most. I woke up thinking of the family I’d encountered and gave thanks for them and their unexpected gift.

Call-to-Action:

  • Name and give thanks for those whose who love you

  • Intentionally name one person each day that matters to you

Notice how focusing on what matters most in your life changes your reaction to the frustrations of the day.

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Wake Up Call! – Navigating Conflict & Peace

 


NAVIGATING CONFLICT & PEACE

The competing energies of conflict and peace shed light on where your heart is.

I was talking with a wise woman about the practices of stillness and mindfulness that have brought her so much inner peace over many decades. She said, “It’s hard to talk about this when the world seems to be at war and when I cheer for any actions to stop the be-headings.” Then she added, “I feel torn about even saying this.”

She or I could have chosen to avoid the awkwardness of the moment and move to a safer topic.

Instead we kept “chewing” on the paradox between her support for violence being used to eradicate violence and her lifelong devotion to peacemaking in the world along with her own inner peace.

As I left she said, “I’m hoping that some wisdom or a lesson is revealed in my struggles. Perhaps I can try to be at peace and listen to the stillness.” She knew where her heart was to be found.

Call-to-Action:

  • Be aware of what competing energies reveal about where your heart is to be found

  • Pay attention to what the stillness says

Notice how engaging your competing energies of conflict and peace diminish the power of conflict.

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