Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What makes you come alive?

Poet and author Mark Nepo in a daily reading last week quoted African American author, philosopher, theologian and civil rights leader Howard Thurman, "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it."

And then Nepo in his book The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have continued, "... finding what we love, though it may take years, is building a life of passion. For what makes you come alive can keep you alive, whether you are paid well for it or not."

Oh, yes! You and I know the difference between feeling passion for the work we do or just doing a job because it needs to be done or just because we get paid for it. There is so much more life and energy to be had when we follow our passion and our dreams. And that can keep us alive as well. I've also heard it said that we don't keep dreams alive so much as dreams keep us alive.

Granted, some people choose a job or career that holds no thrill or passion for them and then follow their dreams as a hobby or avocation. Either way, do what you love. "Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it." It will change your life, and it will change life for those around you.

What's exciting you these days? What are you going to do about it?

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