Last night I felt alive as I painted and spent time with friends. When painting I get into what Csikszentmihalyi calls “flow.” Watch his TED talk on Happiness here. What makes you feel alive? What brings out the sweetness of life?

What Makes You Feel Alive
by Amelia Barnes

What makes you feel alive?
What do you wonder about?
What brings you joy?

Don’t waste your time playing small.
Ask the questions that you really want the answers to.
Don’t waste the day.
Who knows how many more days you will have.

Each day is a precious gift.
How will you use it?

Start by smiling
Do what it takes to feel alive
Look for the fairies in the garden
The hummingbirds on the feeder.

Rejoice at all the colors
The sounds and scents.

How glorious our creator must be,
To provide such a feast for our benefit.

What takes you to your happy place?

  • What brings you to your happy place?
  • How can you add more of it to your life?
  • Don’t wait. Life is short.
  • What can you do today?

The following is from Rumi and well worth the read!

Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.
Stop acting so small.
You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
Set your life on fire.
Seek those who fan your flames.

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