“We build on foundations we did not lay.
We warm ourselves at fires we did not light.
We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant.
We drink from wells we did not dig.
We profit from persons we did not know.
We are ever bound in community."

Rev. Peter Raible (paraphrased from Deuteronomy 6:10-12)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Day 10 of Spiritual Practices and Reflection: What makes you come alive?

Howard Thurman
According to Wikipedia, "Howard Thurman, (1899 – April 10, 1981) was an influential American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. He was Dean of Theology and the chapels at Harvard University and Boston University for more than two decades, wrote 21 books, and in 1944 helped found a multicultural church." 

Thurman also wrote a number of books and meditations.  One of his well known quotes is, 
"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."
Today's reflection question is simple: What makes you come alive? What makes you feel full of purpose and meaning? Or, to take another approach to this: When have you felt most alive, doing something that really aligned with you in a deep way? How can you do more of that in your life? (Another resource to help dig into this question is Parker Palmer's short book, Let Your Life Speak. I highly recommend it.)


R W Rawles said...

And Howard Thurman's words encourage me to see that I am finally on the right path.

Karen Eng said...

Dr. Thurman doesn't get enough credit. Thank you for including him in your reflection series.