Never Slice Towards Yourself

Never Slice Towards Yourself

I always remember my Mother wincing whenever I cut something and slice towards my fingers or myself. I think in some way we all do this we put ourselves in harm's way without even realizing it. We cut towards ourselves and even though it may not cause us pain at that moment the more and more we do it the more we put ourselves at risk. This can be in relationship, at work, at home, or anywhere we encounter the world. We draw in people and situations that have the opportunity to cut us open. I am learning that even though I may not slice myself today it makes much more sense to never put myself in that risky situation.



Never Forget Your Roots

A Daily reflection from my upcoming book

Joy: There’s No Reason Not To
Lessons from Under My Mother’s Roof
by Todd Keough

Never forget your roots.

My Mom always taught me to remember those who came before. In a world that is so fast paced we often forget to reflect on those who came before us. I stand on the shoulders of so many generations of family and ancestors. I have the opportunity to learn and love from these great people. I also have the opportunity to learn from both the good and the bad and to allow the good to penetrate my soul and for the unbecoming or hateful ways of the past to be lessons learned and grow from them and break those patterns. Our roots allow us to be who we are today and teach us about love, life, and strength. In a me first world we often forget how much we all need the we of our past.

Today’s Reflection:

World: Have I forgotten the past and the ones who came before me? How can I use the lessons and love that they brought to inspire the world? What gifts are at my disposal because of those who came before me and how can I bring these gifts to the world? Please reflect, write, and take action.

Self: How can I incorporate my ancestors and relatives into all my functions this day. How can I let the good of the people from my past envelop me and allow me to bring that good to the world? How can I release the fear and negativity of that which is not needed? My roots reach deep within to the soul of my being how can and will I nourish my roots today and take care of all aspects and parts of me? Reflect, write, and take action.

Prayer: Great mystery please allow the roots of my soul to be nourished. May I move towards the beautiful of those who came before me and feel them enriching and enliven my soul. Let today be the start of healing and the continuation of love for my ancestors and for those who will come after. Root me deeply within you and the branches of your love so I may be deeply rooted in myself and love the world with all my being.

Affirmation: Remembering my roots allows me to be fully who I am today without reservation and fear but living in peace and love.

Always Add a Little More Sugar

A Daily reflection from my upcoming book

Joy: There’s No Reason Not To
Lessons from Under My Mother’s Roof
by Todd Keough

Always Add a Little More Sugar
It never hurts to put a little more sugar in. In life this is also true. If you add a little sugar to your speech and how you interact with others you will make others feel good and bring a little more joy into this world. There is never a reason to add too much sugar or things can end up too sweet. Your sweetness must be genuine if you over do it you act out of a place of trying to please rather than a place of kindness. You never need to please anyone but it never hurts to add a little sugar so you bring joy in both your life and someone else’s.

Today’s reflection:

World: Today think of one action you can do to add a little more sugar to the world. Where have you seen a little sweetness lacking in this world or with those you have interacted with? How can you be the one who brings sweetness into that situation? Is it at work? Home? School? Look into your own self and picture where that sweetness has been lacking. Now take two minutes and write about where you have seen sweetness lacking and how you would like to bring a little sugar into that area today.

Self: Now I want you to think of one area where you have not added sugar in your own life. How have you not been sweet to your self? Where have you been bitter? Is it the way you have spoken to yourself? Is it the way you have treated yourself? Where have you not sprinkled sugar on yourself? How can you add a little sugar into your own being today? Now take two minutes and think or write these down.

Prayer: Today I ask to open myself up and see where I can add a little sugar into this world. Great and Holy Spirit you want me to be kind to others and myself. Help me today to bring a little sugar to all those I encounter and see especially myself. I enter the mystery of this day and ask that I have the willingness to sprinkle sugar and love into the hearts I encounter. I pray that I am not a people pleaser rather that I am true to others and myself. You know where I am needed and how to shake me out best so please allow me to be open to this mystery.

Affirmation: I will be a little bit of sugar in this world today for myself and others allowing my sweetness to flow throughout this world.