Watching television, flipping through the Internet, listening to blaring music on your commute: these things can suffocate our engagement with the world. They act like dampeners, numbing and hollowing our souls and disallowing us from connecting to other people in meaningful, substantive and significant ways.
Every person should try to name what those things are for themselves. If you want to name how you are the problem, ask yourself these question:
- What makes me feel less connected to the world around me and within me?
- What pushes me away from myself and others?
As soon as you answer those questions, you can reverse the disengagement. You can stand up to the things that choke you off from sustainable connections and form them again in your own life. You are the answer to your questions.
4 Steps To Answer Your Own Questions
“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.”― Howard Thurman
If you want to see the ways that you can challenge your own problems, think about these things:
- What makes you come alive?
- Who inspires you?
- When do you feel passionate?
- Where do your emotions feel calmest?
The Talmud says “Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5; Yerushalmi Talmud 4:9)
You can save the entire world by engaging within yourself and throughout the world around you. You are the problem and the answer, and nothing is stopping you but you.
Go to work.
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