Daily Archives: August 15, 2014

Famous Quote Friday (Howard Thurman)

“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.”
– Howard Thurman

Howard was a very influential African American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader. When you’re ready for change you don’t ask of the world. You have to ask yourself, what do you need. What do you need to come alive? Our reality is becoming easier. Or world is offering so many things that are drowning us in pointless futures. How many times can you watch over exaggerated reality shows before you learn anything valuable? How many times can you reach the top level in a role playing game before you feel like you accomplished anything that changed your life? I could keep going but I don’t need to upset too many people with my examples.

Howard has passed on about 33 years ago and I really am taking a modern day view of his inspiration. My point is, what Howard is saying here is we need to get out there and find what really gets our blood pumping, what really makes us original and creative. These are the things that this world really needs. Dig deep within yourself and discover your own creative ideas instead of looking to Pintrest for everything. All of us have the ability to come alive with our own ideas. The only thing current conveniences in our generation do is void us of challenge. Without challenge you cannot truly come alive. Without failing you cannot truly get to know the real person you are within! Originality is where we will come alive.

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