If I could get a little deep on your bahinds…

Today, Tim posted a new blog (which you should check out if you haven’t) in which he finally spells out some of the reasons his family won’t be performing in Branson after next year. It’s a great post because it’s honest and insightful in its own right, but I was struck this evening by something that Shanna (fancy that) wrote in her comment on the post. It reminded me of a quote that I posted YEARS ago by Gil Bailie. The quote goes something like this:

“Do not ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do that. Because what the world needs is men who have come alive.”

I think this is my favorite quote in the entire world because it addresses something often forgotten. It is very easy in our fast-paced, stressful world to get bogged down by the obligations we feel toward any number of things. There are so many things that we have been told by people throughout our lives that we MUST do…You MUST go to college, you MUST get a sensible, stable job, you MUST get married and start a family, you MUST grow up to be like everyone else. Forcing ourselves into that mold is one of the major things that is poisoning our society.

Have you ever met one of those people who is so extraordinarily passionate about life that it’s contagious? You know the type. After spending 10 minutes with them, you feel like you could conquer the world on a whim. These are the people who stared at the world around them and said, “No. I refuse to allow you to define who I am.” These are the people who decided that they were going to be part of the few who never let common sense stifle their dreams.

Do not ask what the world needs. In doing so, you lose sight of the things that make you who you are. Ask what makes you come alive, be it outlandish, insane, uncommon, or frightening, and go do that. Because what the world needs MOST are PEOPLE who have come ALIVE.

Author: Jason Hunt

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  1. Wow, Jason.

    Love it.

    Really, it gave me goosbumps.

    “Who you are is never defined by the world around you, but the world around you is defined by who you are.”

    Thought I’d add a bit for your blog too.

    Life, is a gift, and is meant to be LIVED, today.

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  2. VERY nice quote! I’m gonna add it to my quote book…

    Whoops, just got a little bit of deja vu there. 😉

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  3. Hey Jason it’s Kim. No not TeacherKim, the other Kim. the one who’s s/n is scmile44. the one who made the haygood videos. and the one from texas. yeeehawww.

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  4. Hey i said that now i knew other people who kept up blogs that i would start updating again. my friends who used to blog all stopped and it kind of became not so fun anymore. now it will be fun. so be on the lookout, my friend.

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  5. Its funny I was sort of dealing with that this past week. I realized that I don’t want to get my Bachlor, because I really don’t actaully like what I am doing. I want to finish getting my diplomia and decided from there what I am doing. A friend kept pushing me and telling me that I must get my bachlor and I have to do it….I finally said “Thank you for your advice, but I am not passionate. I don’t love it. I can’t do it.”
    If you aren’t passionate about what you are doing, then what makes you passionate and do that.

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  6. Jason,

    I know this is a little late in posting but had to add my comment. I must say that I find you and Tim both very insightful and amazing to be around. The two of you share a common link of bringing the best out in others and wanting them to accomplish their goals. I pray for both of you to find what completes your already fascinating lives so far. I want to be along for both of you as long as I am welcome.

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  7. That is very well said. I want to live up to my dreams. And I hope I can. If I see othes doing it helps me think I can. I hope I can…

    OK I had to fix it.. Sorry.

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  8. Just scrolling through old blogs for a bit, and this one came up.

    Been almost a year…woah.

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