Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
– Howard Thurman
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Do you know what makes you feel most alive?
What are you doing when you are your highest self?
Sit still and upright. Close your eyes—okay, close them after you read this. Take a few deep breaths. Imagine connecting your breath with your heart. Now slow down and ask yourself,
“What is my soul aching to create or experience in this situation or area of my life?”
As you ponder your answer, imagine.
Imagine a world of abundance;
Unlimited possibilities and potential.
An abundance of time.
- What would I do if there was no TV?
- No computers?
- No cell phones?
- How about no excuses?
There is nothing standing in the way of connecting with your soul’s dreams and desires.
Daunting questions, for sure.
Imagine being a little girl again. What were her hopes and dreams? What made her laugh and experience delight?
If you have lost her, go and find her. She is your best friend. She will let you know how to resurrect your soul.
When we are free to be ourselves, we are most alive.
In his book, A Philosopher’s Notes, Brian Johnson talks about living the word, Arete everyday…
“Areté” is a Greek word that literally means “virtue or excellence but [with] a deeper meaning, something closer to ‘living at your highest potential moment to moment to moment.’”
What would it look like if we woke up and lived “Areté”?
The word that comes to my mind is delight. Resurrecting our soul frees us to feel joy and delight. There is a sense of being alive, with feelings of passion and energy that come when we are aligned with our true and highest selves.
How would choosing to wake up everyday as our highest self change our thoughts, faith, the way we treat others, and our level of happiness?
“Here’s the deal: What we can be, we MUST be. Period.” Brian Johnson.
Live. Love. Fully. Deeply. Quit comparing, complaining and giving excuses. Shut off the computer. Turn off the phone. Go out and play. Take a walk. Stop being so serious. Laugh a lot. No more perfection. Quit making you child’s bed and doing their laundry. Go out and live your life. Love yourself. Get in touch with what you love. Serve. Care. Dance. Hug. Create. Connect.
And do it with abandon. Do what gives you life. Impact the world. Work hard. Be an inspiration.
Not later. Start today.
Our children need it.
Our souls need it.
And we need it.
There is NO other way to live.
Questions: What makes you feel most alive? What would be different if you choose to live with Areté?