“Because what the world needs is people who have come alive”

FullSizeRender (2)On a strangely warm day in mid-January, I biked to Lawrenceville and took a walk beneath the 40th Street bridge where I found these: fiery art rainbowing the concrete bridge-bottom, and a lonely canoe. And sun.

Pittsburgh’s winter has been frigid. The rivers have frozen all the way across. But warm and sun manage to sometimes eek through the impressively low wind-chills. Today is one of those excitingly sunny February days, and this morning I stumbled onto these words:

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.

I’d heard this before, and I’m sure I nodded at its truth in the past, but today it had me spellbound. The quote is from Howard Thurman, the prolific speaker and civil rights leader, telling us to be motivated by what makes us alive.

In case you’re like me and get too-often lost beneath buzzing routine, here is permission: Yes. You should do what enlivens you–because how can that not bring brightness into the world? Come alive.


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