“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
The warm air tastes like crystal mixed with juniper. Everywhere I look, sparkling turquoise glimmers against rough red adobe walls. I meander about the sun-drenched plaza, examining exquisite jewelry, fabric, and art pieces. Oh, Santa Fe!
A few weeks ago, I came here on a vacation with my brothers. I have to tell you, this is a place that makes me come alive!
The third of my Well Loved Principles is “You know what brings you alive … and you actually do it.”
There was a time when I might not have jumped at the chance to go to the Southwest just for fun (if it was a work trip, well, that was another story!). I had way too much to do and was so used to being responsible for everyone else that I had no clue what brought me alive.
Here’s the problem: When a woman doesn’t know what brings her alive, she goes through life dazed and numb. When a woman doesn’t know what brings her alive, she says yes to all the wrong things (and no to all the right things). When a woman doesn’t know what brings her alive, she goes through her days, weeks and months without fun, wonder, or that lovely shiver of excitement and anticipation.
Thank goodness I woke up.
When I began my mission of getting to know myself, I’d sometimes block out two hours on a random afternoon. I wouldn’t know where I was going – I’d just get in the car and drive.
I paid attention to everything then because I really needed to learn who I was. I noted what compelled me. What drew me in. I actually had to teach myself what I liked. I began to notice that I loved certain colors, especially turquoise and brick red – the colors I drank in at Santa Fe.
When I was there, I felt what I call “havingness.” If you have felt it, you know it’s exquisite. It’s the feeling that I not only know what I want … but I can also have it. It took me some time to condition myself to do this, and it’s some of the most important work I’ve ever done. Now a day doesn’t go by that I don’t feel “havingness,” and it’s because I know right down to my bones what makes me come alive.
So, what is one thing that makes you come alive?
What is one thing that you could do or taste or experience right now that would give you that feeling of havingness?
Can you shut down the computer right now and go do it?
Posted on October 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm
Categories: Human Design, Well Loved Woman, What's Your Blueprint?, Who Could You Be
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