"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."
This quote has been burning away in my soul for over a year. I sort of catch my breath a bit when I remember it, in the way you do when you hear truth, simply told. And more and more, it is leading me to a place where I want to commit my energies to doing the things that make me come alive, I suppose to live authentically in the purposes I was made for. These things aren't always easy or totally pleasurable, they often require huge amounts of graft and determination, but they are fuelled by that undeniable excitement that comes from doing something you love and really believe in. So. I have written a list of the core things that make me 'come alive', the things that I believe I was created to do, to explore, to achieve. It makes them real, seeing them on paper. I am out of my comfort zone creating my Wild Acre business, but it all makes so much more sense when I start to hone what it is about the flowers and the jewellery that really make it feel exciting and different and 'me' . The excitement, I guess the 'fire' starts feeling greater than the fear. There are also aspects of my personal life that don't make it onto the blog much, particularly a mentoring project I am involved in, that are part of the picture. It is illuminating and inspiring and I am trying not to be scared to think big. I kind of wish I had done this twenty years ago, but it seems I didn't have the inclination. Perhaps I was just too busy living in the moment, which is not such a bad thing.
And you know, I really don't think all this is abject navel-gazing, because taking the steps to make these things reality, is doing what the world needs, it really is, for each and every one of us. It is so easy for the years to fly by in a daze of busyness and exhaustion, punctuated if we are lucky with two weeks holiday each summer, without ever really getting to grips with what we are here for. Isn't it? For me, I find examining these truths are a way closer to the God I believe in, because for me, these purposes are Divine. Many of you will not agree, which is totally fine.
And of course, I get that we all have to do the humdrum, to pay the bills and get on with things we don't love to do but are necessary in a practical sense. But in every life there should also be room for passion, for 'coming alive'. To step out of the fear of failure that snaps at your ankles and dilutes your dreams, conquer the fear of going against the flow and taking a risk or two, and grasp with both hands those things that make us catch our breath with excitement. Don't you think?