Dazzling orange is what first caught my sleepy eyes, waking up them up in a flash. The trailblazing oriole was quickly joined by a bunch of others, followed by the supersonic hummingbirds. As I stared in awed glee, a bright red form flashed in front of the window-a stunning cardinal hovering for a moment.
This avian kaleidoscope of color and movement took my breath away and boosted my mood with its brilliance. A simple and wholly miraculous display of birds doing what they do best.
Which got me thinking about two of my old favorite quotes. From the late visionary, Joseph Campbell: “The influence of the vitalized person is that he vitalizes.” And from the late visionary Howard Thurman: “Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”
When we are like those birds, cultivating and then displaying our unique gifts to their fullest, we live vitally, and the richest life possible. And then there is the boon we supply for others: a boost of inspiration, excitement, joy. Just as those birds showered me with positivity, putting a noticeable bounce in my step and motivation to get going to the studio to dance!
Self-help coach and guru Jen Sincero puts it succinctly in her insightful, inspiring book, “You Are A Badass.” Urging us to go for broke with our lives, she wisely notes that we need people who are “…out of struggle and living large and on purpose so they can be an inspiration to others who want to rise up, too.”
Whether your gift is the art you create or your terrific sense of humor or your commitment to your workout routine or your kind soul, feed that gift! Expand it till it’s the most energetic, dazzling, spirited version of itself. The world needs you and your vibrancy!