Wake-up calls are those messages, events, or circumstances that jolt us to take stock of our life, behaviors, or beliefs. Many consider wake-up calls to be messages from a universe trying to get us back on track toward our purpose or a more fulfilling life. Sometimes they arrive softly, like a sudden stray thought that pops up over our morning coffee. Other times they can be either a close call or a painful or traumatic event. They can start as a small question that leads to a slow transition in habits or lifestyle, or they can shake our entire world and cause us to make large, abrupt changes. Once we start paying attention to these wake-up calls, we perceive and respond to the world in a decidedly different way than before. Painful as they can sometimes be, when we listen to, recognize, and interpret them wisely, we can use wake-up calls for the good.
Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of struggle, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he’s met in the years since.
Everyone has had luminous moments in their lives. It's the "a-ha" moment when one experiences the beauty and grace of life, whether it be when looking into the eyes of a newborn child or watching the sun set over the ocean. But those moments are usually too brief.
If you're feeling angry about the daily barrage of negative news in our disconnected culture, author and activist Sister Joan Chittister says we all have to ask ourselves: "What are we going to do about it?" Here, Oprah reveals why Sister Joan's advice was a wake-up call for her.
What would happen if you hired a life coach for a year?A lot! Especially if that life coach was empowering you to be the very best possible version of yourself every day for 365 days. The purpose of The Wake Up Call is two-fold.
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