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Things that make me come alive

January 24, 2006

Over the last week I have been thinking about the question, what makes me come alive? I remember some years ago we lived in a small country town and I went to a writers’ group. The group was made up of many people who lived alternative lifestyles. I was the only the Christian. They were an amazing honest bunch of people. They didn’t pretend to have life worked out and they didn’t pretend to be something they weren’t. I would go home from their meetings, which were on Saturdays, feeling incredibly alive. The next day I would go to church and find that the people there seemed plastic in comparison (and probably I was adding to the plastic–ness as much as anyone).

The second thing I thought about that makes me feel alive is going to work, though not to the same extent. Currently I am doing some casual work at some public libraries. It is the interaction with people that makes me feel alive.

The third thing that can make me feel alive is writing which is probably to do with using my giftedness.

So I have come up with three things that make me feel alive: honesty, interaction with people and using my gifts.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

2 thoughts on “Things that make me come alive”

  1. jON

    thank you so much for this. it takes great courage to admit the things that truly make us come alive. especially when they don’t come from “safe” places.

    i especially agree with the feeling you get from a group of people who are baring themselves in honesty to one another, no matter who they are. there is something very refreshing and life affirming about it. i think it is why jesus was always going to parties with the “wrong crowd”. there’s usually a whole lot more honesty going on there than in our weekly religious gatherings. thanks for having the courage to say this. it is refreshing to my soul.

  2. jON

    thank you so much for this. it takes great courage to admit the things that truly make us come alive. especially when they don’t come from “safe” places.

    i especially agree with the feeling you get from a group of people who are baring themselves in honesty to one another, no matter who they are. there is something very refreshing and life affirming about it. i think it is why jesus was always going to parties with the “wrong crowd”. there’s usually a whole lot more honesty going on there than in our weekly religious gatherings. thanks for having the courage to say this. it is refreshing to my soul.

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