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Wake Up Call! – Present to Another Person

 


PRESENT TO ANOTHER PERSON

Being present to another person is often the greatest offering you can make.

I was with a mother and son seeing one another for the first time since the mother had received news of having Stage Four cancer. They stood holding one another in a tight embrace. A few minutes later they held onto one another again.

Instead of pity, despair or anger they chose to be fully present to one another.

Through endless medical appointments and tests accompanied by a dear friend they processed their emotions and the options the mother faced.

In being present to one another their frankness about managing the cancer is laced with love about how to live and love through an experience that neither would have imagined. Being present to one another is the gift they offer in the midst of life being upended. How will you be present today?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be present to someone you love today.

  • Be present to love and life bundled together in even the most difficult situations.

Notice how being present to another shifts your courage.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Be Present to Love

 


BE PRESENT TO LOVE

Be present to the love of others and be renewed by the Universe’s pulse of love.

Our wedding was imagined as a celebration of the lives of those who nurture and fill us with gladness. Generous friends opened their home for our guests to feast and be together on the day before and after the wedding.

I could have seen the three days as a moveable feast but discovered that it was that and more.

In the circles of conversation, the telling of stories and the bringing together of relationships that have spanned years and decades I was filled with gratitude.

The gift of our marriage celebration was the reminder that love renews itself and us when we are present to it. How will you be present to love renewing itself in you and your relationships today?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be present to the love of others today.

  • Be attentive to the gift revealed in loving friendships.

Notice how your life is part of the Universe’s pulse of love.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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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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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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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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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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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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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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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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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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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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