Wake Up Call! – Are You Open & Aware?


To be open and aware to what life may present you is a choice and a gift.

My cousin from Connecticut, along with a friend of hers, spent the July Fourth weekend with us. I was so looking forward to it. Although I’d met her friend over a few meals on the East Coast I didn’t really know what to expect. Was I in for a surprise!

As the extended weekend unfolded I realized we had all made choices to be heartfelt and real in our more serious conversations.

At the end of our five days together I felt thankful for the gift of time together because I never seem to have enough of it with my cousin! But another gift surprised me even more. As they left I said to my cousin’s friend, “You’re part of our family.” I hadn’t expected to say that, much less experience it.

Yes we were blessed with unpressed time together. But was that all it took? Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that we were each open and aware, allowing us to be heartfelt. Perhaps in that space we were able to receive unexpected gifts. I wonder what you and I will be open and aware to?


  • Make a daily intention to be open and aware to what life may present
  • Be heartfelt in your conversations when it is safe or appropriate

Notice how your choice to be open and aware is met by surprising gifts!

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Written by Robert Taylor