Come alive

I just found this fantastic quote:

‘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.’

Harold Whitman (Historian)

I found it here while looking for more training courses in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) after having just completed one last weekend, in London, with Gina Lawrie.

Oddly coincidental, I just stumbled upon this:

“In every bit of honest writing in the world, there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love”

John Steinbeck

Which is a pretty good corollary of Marshall Rosenberg‘s NVC.

Lindy Hop made me come alive between 2000 and 2004. I’m kinda missing something now. Since Kenya I’ve been searching on-and-off for something that makes me come alive. There are a number of themes and things that almost got blogged that lead here (I’ve been putting them off till the broadband got sorted).

I booked last weekend’s course at the last minute and paid a consequently high price for my ‘budget’ flight back to the UK. Then I missed the ‘plane. Standing in the airport, I imagined my weekend as it might unfold with and without doing the course. The answer was clear. I went back to Rennes and booked an even more last-minute Eurostar ticket to Waterloo. I’m so glad I Did. The course was excellent and now I want more.

If you’re curious what this is all about, read the first chapter of Marshall Rosenberg’s book.

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