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.
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...