I recently taught a beginning piano student about musical patterns and sequences. When I notice repetition in my life, I ask myself if this experience brings me life or if it is draining. If the answer is the latter, I try to gently move away from this source of desolation. Experiences that bring me life-filled energy encourage me to move toward their soul-nourishing light. Reviewing my day can help to discern where the Spirit is leading me. Sometimes I share these moments with another family member or friend. Other times I share my experiences with God; then listen and pray. If I’m having a bad day, I try to remember to ask myself, “When did I feel most alive today?” This simple question can bring life-giving hope when the well runs dry.
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. —Dr. Howard Thurman (1899-1981), theologian and civil rights leader