Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~ Howard Thurman
Today as I read Thurman’s words, I have two thoughts.
First, “Yes, please”. The world does need people who have come alive and who, in their doing, are alive, energized, passionate. That is a tremendously different energy than doing because we have to, we should, “they” said so. So, please go about your doing this day from a place of inner aliveness!
My second thought Continue reading “What makes you come alive?”
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
As I sit with this quotation, I am reminded of the years I spent “perfecting my outside” so that I would “sparkle and shine” in the world. I cared about what I should wear or what others would think while ignoring my inside world. I didn’t make time for introspection and discerning my truth, the beauty that only my unique perspective could reveal. As Elisabeth implied, Continue reading “Inner Light”
If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I think I am living for, in detail, and ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully the thing I want to live for. Between these two answers you can determine the identity of any person. Thomas Merton
That quote showed up this week in my Inbox from Terry Hershey in his weekly Sabbath Moment post. Thank you, Terry!
As I read it again, I wonder, “How would I answer those questions for myself?”
What am I living for – in detail?
What is keeping me from living fully the thing I want to live for?
As we begin a new year, I have three requests of you: Continue reading “What are you living for?”
Likely you’ve been told (by me as well as by others) to shine your light! Be kind, generous, thoughtful, use your gifts: SHINE! Shine also your inner light ever so brightly by letting the love and joy in your heart be seen in everything you do. The world needs our light, yes?
Yes it does! In fact, it needs our individual lights so much so that this wisdom:
Better to illuminate than merely to shine. Thomas Aquinas
is even more needed than “Shine your light”.
To illuminate is to invite others to shine. We will experience the absence of darkness only insofar as we all shine brightly. So…
Every chance you get, choose to illuminate! Encourage and invite, be present to and celebrate, step aside so that another’s light can shine. Be that which illuminates. Be the spark, the starter. You may not be perceived as a bright light as your neighbor shines brightly, but the world will be a much brighter place with everyone shining with you!
How willing are you encourage your neighbor to shine?
What does your ego need to release in order to choose illumination?
What’s possible if you do?
My Wish For You This Holiday Season
May you be present to your own well-being, self-care, self-acceptance and self-love. We cannot give away what we do not possess.
May you soften around a tradition you find difficult.
May you open your heart to a challenging personality.
May you realize that no one you see today is the same person you saw last time you were together and, therefore, listen with curiosity and an “I don’t know” awareness.
May you remember first to love yourself, second to be the love that you are, and finally to see this love everywhere in everyone.
Wishing you a gentle, joyful, healthy, love-filled holiday season!