When Was Your Shift Moment?

688396_keyboard_1 A few years ago I attended a conference at the Sofia Institute in South Carolina to hear Sue Monk Kidd (author of The Secret Life of Bees) and her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor, speak.  They are friends of my aunt which made it even more special and I had the opportunity to meet and talk with them.

They had just published a book that they co-authored together called “Traveling with Pomegranates”, it is a wonderful mother/daughter story. The book is about their individual quest to redefine themselves and their relationship with each other.  I found it very hard to put the book down, it was quite moving because it was true story of their adventure.  They were very transparent and honest with their feelings as they were on this life journey and shared it openly in this beautiful book.

As they are on this journey each of them reaches a point where they arrive at their “shift moment” the moment when the lights came on and their purpose became very clear to each of them individually.  They realized their new path and found the strength to pursue it. I found the book very inspiring and uplifting.

Shift moments, can happen unexpectedly or by searching and seeking.

Do you remember your shift moment?  I do and it was unexpected.  It was when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and was waiting to find out what type it was and how involved it was.  That moment is as clear to me now as it was then 13 years ago.

The realization that life is short, and not one of us knows how much time we have been given, was staring me in the face.  I knew then that I had to make the most of my life and I wanted to help others learn the beauty of “living in the moment, and looking for the lessons to be learned in each encounter we have and making our encounters with others memorable for them”.

I know what path I am to follow,  I hope my journey is a long one because I have a lot to learn, but I am enjoying each day as I strive toward it.  As my Aunt Dollie would say “Life is for those that show up” and I am going to show up each day that I am here and do what I am called to do.

I am pursuing what my “shift moment” showed me, are you?

Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone?”  ~ lyrics from I hope you will dance


19 thoughts on “When Was Your Shift Moment?

    • My Aunt Dollie is a pretty amazing person, I have written about her before. She worked in the federal government in D.C. for 36 years and never made an enemy. I learn so much each time I travel with her. As far as my Cancer, I have been very blessed to not have recurrence of it, a few bumps along the way but that was expected. I have learned so many valuable life lessons, not that I would want cancer again, but it has really changed my life, for the better.

      • Happy to hear that, Tina!
        We should all have an Aunt Dollie in our lives.

        I’ve learned over time that we create each moment. It is in the appreciation of those moments that we learn of their value – even the “negative” moments. When we forget to appreciate, we don’t learn.

        I enjoy your posts! Have a great day!

  1. Tina,

    Wow, I’m happy to hear that you haven’t had a recurrence of the breast cancer. That diagnosis 13 years ago must have really put things into perspective. I’m glad you have turned such a negative experience into one that has changed your life for the better.

    • You said it Greg. It has really made an impact on my life that I would not change for anything. Our shift moments no matter what causes them, can be life changing if we just follow their lead. 🙂

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  4. Glad I discovered your blog! My shift came soon after the unexpected death of my wife of 38 years. She died in her sleep. Spiritual growth often follows tragedy. I had the vision of inspiring millions of people to create lives they love. The vision is becoming a reality now as I have found a place to offer my newest program: “7 Weeks to a Happier Life.” This will be a short 3-5 minute video each week from me with a tip on how to be a creator this week.

    • Good morning Jack, thank you for sharing about your shift experience. I just took a good look at your site and was inspired by what you do. I am very happy that you are on a road that you truly love and are called to do. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

      • Thanks, Tina, for your interest and appreciation, which inspires me to expand what I do – more and bigger. Yes, following your calling truly is more than words can fully express…awesomely in the flow. Opening and feeling the vibrations around you. Feeling joy and bliss almost every moment. Whoo-whoo! So many people are so resistant to life and others around them. And you and I are helping them to open their hearts to valuing people, seeing them, giving eye contact, building relationships. Ain’t it a blast!

  5. Thank you, Tina, for a very inspiring and well written piece. Not sure how I missed this post for so long. 😦 I remember reading—and looking forward to reading—Sue Monk Kidd in Guideposts Magazine many years ago. She was one of their featured writers. I loved her content and her style. The first thing I would do when my issue arrived each month was to search the TOC to see if she had an article published that month.

    Stay well, ’cause you’re swell! 🙂

    • GYA, Sue and her daughter Ann are wonderful women and authors. I too have a book of Sue’s articles from her Guidepost years they are wonderful. I think you would like Traveling with Pomegranates 🙂

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