One of my favorite quotes is, “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
I had an executive from a business call me last week and invite me to ‘coffee’. This is the second meeting we have had for ‘coffee’ and he has still not offered me anything to drink. The first time he invited me in and it was a lot like a job interview. I wasn’t qualified for the job, but he was interested in the skills that I had and wanted to make contact.
Yesterday I went in and we talked about a position that may be opening because he thought that I should know about it.
The position would be full time with reasonable benefits. It is in an area where I have experience and aptitude. And it probably pays twice what I am currently making.
While I am not ready to completely close down talks, I am fairly confident that it is not the job for me. Sure, it would be a ‘good career move’, but it just isn’t what makes me come alive.
Thinking of the initial quote that I cited, I truly believe that I could make a difference in the position that is opening. But if I could make a difference in this position that I’m kind of interested in, what kind of a difference could I make doing something that really makes me come alive?
I feel alive farming and dreaming of farming. I feel alive when I’m picking apples and alone with my thoughts. There are times when I feel alive teaching (and there are times that it drains me)
So I’m not going to pursue the good paying, full time job with benefits. Instead I’m going to stick with my part time job and pursue things that make me come alive.
What makes you come alive?