Everyday Spark

Find your spark. Live well. Everyday.


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Health as a vehicle

We all have bodies. And we need our bodies to carry us through our lives. We need these physical instruments to move us from place to place, to allow us to sit attentively and listen or work, to interact with the world and people around us. Without our bodies we couldn’t walk, or run, or dance; we couldn’t cook a brilliant meal, or read a life-changing story; we couldn’t hug a hurting child or high-five a teammate after a victory. We take in information through our bodily senses––sight, smell, taste, touch, sound all come in through our bodies. We experience the world through our bodies and express what is happening internally through our bodies. In essence, our bodies are lenses through which we take in everything, and a medium through which we relay information about our current state.


A New Year, On Purpose

Don’t set goals for 2013. Just don’t do it. At best, you’ll achieve them. At worst, you’ll fail miserably. But you’ll likely land somewhere in between… and feel a middling sense of accomplishment, mixed with a touch of regret at what was left undone. Even if you do succeed at shedding some extra weight or getting a promotion at work, what happens once you’re done? Once that hurdle is cleared, what propels you forward? An emphasis on the outcome, on attaining a concrete objective, can certainly be useful in some instances—but it’s no way to build a life.


On Authenticity

Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. No man yet knows what it is, nor can, till that person has exhibited it.


Gifts We Did Not Choose

I have just recently begun to realize that being good at something does not mean I must do this thing regularly if it does not bring me joy. To cease a certain activity or type of work in which I am naturally skilled had in the past felt like looking a gift horse in the mouth: was it not a waste of a God-given ability to choose not to use that part of who I am?


Making Every Day a (Piece of your) Dream Day

Imagine the next 24 hours were yours to fill with whatever your heart desires. No logistical constraints (travel, money, scheduling, etc.) need be taken into account. Where would you be? Who would be there with you? What would you be doing? How would you feel?

Now, consider what it is that you love about those particular places, people, and activities––what makes this your dream day? Is it spending time with your family? Perhaps it is solitude? Is it finally getting time to work on your favorite side project? Is it good food, good friends, and good energy? Is it feeling rested and relaxed?


A Spark

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”