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What Brings You Alive?

Each (or most) mornings, I read a short passage from Mark Nepo's The Book of Awakening: Having the Life you Want by being Present to the Life You Have. (It is really the subtitle that draws me, because I am finding the word "awakening" somewhat overused.) This morning's passage was all about Howard Thurman's quote:

"Don't ask what the world needs. 

Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.

Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive."

One of Nepo's comments is "what makes you come alive, can keep you alive." It really doesn't matter what that is - as long as it makes you come alive.

This awareness turns on its head the tendancy to find a niche somewhere and fill it, even if it isn't congruent with who you are or what you love. Remember the days of counseling high school students to go into education because of a shortage of teacher? or nurses? Then the field becomes glutted and we have many unhappy teachers and nurses who didn't feel passionate about it in the first place.

There are many implications here. What do I/you love? Are you doing it? Can you change enough to follow it? Because passions never stay still, and they contribute to the creative, healing energy needed to keep this beautiful creation unfolding as it is meant to.

And here is my creative housemate Joan, on her way to doing one of the things she loves: being a wedding officiant...

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24.04 | 21:27

Hi Brenda,
I did some writing this last week.
Here is it. :)

12.02 | 08:41

Hi Laurie, You will find The Choice on

18.10 | 18:29

Thanks, glad you found it here. I think it's remarkable. Holly's grandmother is one of my long and close friends; it was she who sent it.

18.10 | 17:38

Thanks for posting this. I heard it read from Abbey Theatre in their "Dear Ireland" and was hoping that I would find it on the web. I thought it stole the show.

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