Saturday, April 11, 2015
What Makes You Come Alive?
I had the silly thought of putting a card each in the owl eyes of this platter. I could've filled the rest of the serving plate with more cards, but I didn't have the desire to do so. Even so, the owl body looks pretty empty, but that is a good metaphor for having the blank slate of potential--the empty vessel for something new to grow into.
For some reason, upon looking at this duo of cards I thought of the quote you see above, by Howard Thurman. We spend so much time wanting to be 'of use' to be respectable, to be worthwhile. But I tend to agree with this guy who says the best thing we can do is do something that makes us come alive. I'm starting to think that's the crux of my issue when it comes to any kind of pursuit. I tend to do what I think I'm capable of--not what I might really want. Even if it makes sense externally, and other people like it, and it isn't dishonest, it still isn't what makes me come alive.
In fact, I've realized I haven't really let myself truly explore what makes me come alive. I think I stop myself with fear and limitation. Maybe starting today I will make a practice of writing down the things that I truly feel make me come alive, and not just what sounds logical that I am able to do. If I do this, I might become more in touch with what makes me come alive, and less in sync with a sense of fear or obligation.
I would love to hear from all of you. What things make YOU come alive?