Inspiring Tidbits

Come Alive

Paint-smeared tire tracks on the streets of Berlin just hours after a group of cyclists dumped 13 gallons of paint in different corners of the street – don’t you love that this was someone’s passion project?

Civil-rights activist and author, Howard Thurman, famously said, “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 love this quote for so many reasons, chief among them being that Thurman’s words affirm one of the few facts of this universe I know to be true – you should always follow your passion, because people who do so make the world a better place…

I firmly believe that doctors and humanitarian workers aren’t the only ones who improve this planet on a daily basis; rather, it’s every single artist, teacher, sanitation worker, accountant and struggling mime out there living their happiest versions of life that enriches our surroundings. With every person who does something that speaks to them, there’s one less body on this planet sending out bitterness and cluttering their precious lives with complacent inefficiency, and this makes our world a wonderful place.

Sometimes following one’s passion means pursuing what makes you “come alive” as your job and other times this means spending your work hours doing something that enables you to live your passion during your off hours. Whether this passion involves painting the streets of Berlin vibrant colors, painting portraits of celebrity pets or snuggling with your cats every chance you get, acknowledge what makes you passionate and go do it…What passion will make you come alive today?

Image from designboom and AnOther via Pinterest.

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  • Reply Chelsea Von Mach April 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    OMG this picture is so dope, i love it!

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté April 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

      I love this photo, too, Chelsea…It reminds me not only of the creativity of the human spirit, but also of puffy paint sweatshirts from the early 90s. 🙂

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