February 21, 2009

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

~Howard Thurman

A good friend of mine has recently been searching. Searching the world to find what makes her feel alive, more like herself. I have often reflected on the quote above in regards to my own life. Although the concept sounds simple, figuring out what makes you “come alive” is not always easy to do.

I truly believe that everyone has the potential to do something they really love in their life; it is not necessarily a career or a world-changing position. It’s more of a purpose. Maybe it’s a relationship, either with a family member, a spouse, a close friend. Maybe it’s a hobby or an opportunity to serve the community or a church. Maybe it is a job or position in which you can directly see the impact you have on the world. What is the one thing (or maybe more) that you do with all of your heart? What is it that makes you feel most like yourself? Some people are lucky and know from little on what it is that makes them “come alive.” Some don’t find it until they are old and gray. Some may never find it. Diligently searching for it takes courage. Then once it is found, it takes courage to go out and do it.

I have a feeling that the world would be much better off if everyone did.

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