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My wild boy jumping from rock to rock in the mountains in Corsica, France

What makes you come alive?

We are about to start week eight of social distancing and week six of shelter-in-place in Minnesota. The last two weeks felt less than inspiring to me, so today, I will attempt to channel my wild boy for a better week ahead.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Washington Thurman, African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader

My firstborn has encountered his fair share of roadblocks and it would have been easy for him to become discouraged and afraid of failure. Yet the opposite seems to be true.

This wild boy is amazingly fearless and doggedly pursues the things he loves. Whether it is building mountain bike trails and jumps, learning a new trick on the trampoline or on his skis, teaching himself graphic design, or doing Parkour along the cliffs on a Corsican mountain range. It is all he wants to do and the frequent calls of “Mom, look!” bear witness to his pride in his accomplishments. That’s what makes him come alive.

Creating things, overcoming challenges and helping others are some of the things that make me come alive. What are yours? And how will you do what makes you come alive this week?

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