Howard Thurman – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Howard Thurman – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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.

I don’t often quote preachers but Thurman is a bit special and this advice went straight to the nub of my thinking today.
I’d applied for a job and convinced myself it was perfect for me – to cut a long story short I didn’t get it. It was worthwhile and interesting but I’m not at all sure I would have been doing that which makes me ‘come alive’.
Thurman had a lot to say about the importance of community and for me that’s one area that makes me come alive. Too much of my life has been standing on the brink watching slightly baffled by others’ ease in communities. On-line and off over the last 3 years I finally learned how to take part, contribute and even nurture communities. More of that has to be part of where I’m going next and what little there would have been in that job wouldn’t have been enough for me.


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