Theologian Howard Thurman wrote, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Do you know what makes you full of excitement to be alive? Are you doing it? Many people work jobs that do not make them feel alive. In fact, it’s often quite the opposite. If you are one of those people, do you make time in your non-work life to do whatever it is that fills you with excitement and a joy for living? Maybe you enter data all day long in a soul-killing job when what you wish you could do is be an artist. Do you engage in your art outside of work? If not, why not? If you imagine doing this, how does it look and feel to you? Does the idea fill you with enthusiasm? Is fear holding you back? Or do you worry that the world would sneer at your passion or tell you that you aren’t really an artist? Using your gifts and talents in ways which make you feel alive and make your heart sing can give meaning to your life even if you do work a soul-killing job. In fact, it make the soul-killing job more bearable.
In her best-selling book The Gifts of Imperfection, author Brené Brown states, “Make a list of the work that inspires you. Don’t be practical. Don’t think about making a living; think about doing something you love. There’s nothing that says you have to quite yo
ur day job to cultivate meaningful work.” Our lives have an abundance of stress and troubles. You can balance this by making time for exercising your gifts and talents, the things which make your heart sing. Don’t you deserve to have this soul-deep satisfaction?
If you aren’t sure what it is that would make your heart sing, or you don’t know how to create space for it in your life, or you don’t believe you deserve such joy, give me a call. One thing which makes my own heart sing is working with people to help them grow and become who they want to be and to live more fulfilling lives. Call or text (816) 226-4678.