Words to ponder

March 12, 2009

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,
American clergyman



  1. Very nice quote, Cindy. It reminds me of Obama’s call to community services. I have been thinking about that a lot lately.

  2. My daughter piped from the back seat with the following quote as we were driving yesterday. It dovetails nicely with your words to ponder:

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be?

    You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory that is within us. And as we let our shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
    ~ Nelson Mandela

  3. Wise words, indeed, from Thurman and Mandela.

  4. Thanks, everyone. I also love that quote from Mandela. We all know we’re not supposed to keep our light under a bushel, but I think we’re afraid to shine anyway because other people might think we’re vain. But we can’t really take credit for the talents we were given — we’re just supposed to use them. I think there’s still a lot of pressure, both on kids and adults, not to be too different from other people we know because we’re afraid they’ll reject us. But I think we need to realize that people who’d reject us when we’re successful aren’t really our friends — just like people who’d reject us when we’re down on our luck.

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