Living and Giving

\”Don\’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive…\” ~Howard Washington Thurman

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“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.” ~Howard Thurman

You\’re searching. Somehow, even though you have a great life, you feel like something is missing.

 

What is it?

 

Your investment job is fine. You have a nice apartment, a fine girlfriend and a dog. Maybe you\’re a mom whose kids have just gone off to school, and you have some time to yourself. Maybe you\’re a student. You\’ve got straight As, you\’re playing soccer, and things are going along.

 

Yet something doesn\’t feel quite right.

 

You\’ve seen signs around for \”Stand up to Cancer\” and you wonder: should you join this cause?
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When your heart isn\’t quite full, giving back is the way to go. But you should find the right way. Listen to your heart……
Is it animals?

 

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The Earth?
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Saving a child in Haiti from poverty?
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Helping an elephant?

 

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Whatever you do, give with your heart for the right reasons. That\’s the best way to serve the world. Don\’t follow a sign; follow the signal in your heart.

 

 
Howard Washington Thurman (November 18, 1899 – April 10, 1981) was an influential African American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. He played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations of the twentieth century and was one of the leading religious figures of twentieth-century America. Thurman\’s theology of radical nonviolence influenced and shaped a generation of civil rights activists and he was a key mentor to leaders within the movement such as Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thurman served as dean of Rankin Chapel at Howard University from 1932 to 1944 and as dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University from 1953 to 1965. He was always interested in intersections of race and religion as shown through his journey to India. Here, he interacted with many Asian students and conversed with Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists. In 1944 he co-founded, along with Alfred Fisk, the first major interracial, interdenominational church in the United States.