The sixth of an eight-day exploration of everyday gratitude. Inspired by our new book, Everyday Gratitude: Inspiration for Living Life as a Gift.
Welcome to our practice. Let’s begin…
We invite you to close your eyes and take one or two slow, deep breaths. Then open your eyes and read today’s quote by Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go out and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
What are the times when you feel most vivid? Energized? Engaged? What patterns emerge when you look at the times or circumstances that your unique gifts shine through? Our passionate responses to life are like a string of shining lights guiding us home to ourselves and to deeper meaning. These lights are the talents, perspectives, and gifts that long to be expressed through us and are so needed in the world. Now is the time to ask yourself: What makes me come alive? What can I do with that?
Share your responses to any of the above in the reflection area below, write in a journal at home (or online), or simply let the quote and question accompany you throughout the day.
Notice how this exploration impacts you…and those around you.
To connect with our “purpose” in life, we are often guided to try to find our bliss and to follow that. But following this directive can be like chasing sunshine. We can often better know what we are “meant for” when we notice the circumstances that light us up from the inside and make us shine. Everyday Gratitude, and grateful living, help us remember and connect with what makes us come alive and to freely share the gifts of our aliveness with others.
For further inspiration you might appreciate:
Famous – a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye
Go to the Limits of Your Longing – a poem Rainer Maria Rilke, translation by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows
5 Steps to Finding Your Vocation – guidance from Br. David Steindl-Rast
You are Brilliant, and the Earth is Hiring – a call to love in action in a speech by Paul Hawken
The image above is excerpted from Everyday Gratitude © by A Network for Grateful Living; book design and lettering by Alethea Morrison; watercolors and cover illustration © Katie Eberts, with additional watercolors by Clikchic Designs; used with permission from Storey Publishing.
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What makes me come alive? What can I do with that?
to have known deeply that God has shared his power of love to me…and this is faith… that moves me to be to have offered my life to God – involved in acts of love in my life… i have decided to share this love as a vowed person till i die among the wounded, the excluded, the poor through healing ministry, a feeding program, literacy activities, livelihood projects for the parents, referrals of children in need, planting nutritious food and trees, smiling, cooking for the elderly, etc…. .
I’m engaged in life when I’m sharing wisdom and encouragement with others- currently, I’m putting together a Vision workshop as a newly certified life coach- I’m at the green, growing edge of my own becoming.
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