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Music in the Heart

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

~Howard Thurman


“When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.”

~Howard Thurman


“In the conflicts between man and man, between group and group, between nation and nation, the loneliness of the seeker for community is sometimes unendurable. The radical tension between good and evil, as man sees it and feels it, does not have the last word about the meaning of life and the nature of existence. There is a spirit in man and in the world working always against the thing that destroys and lays waste. Always he must know that the contradictions of life are not final or ultimate; he must distinguish between failure and a many-sided awareness so that he will not mistake conformity for harmony, uniformity for synthesis. He will know that for all men to be alike is the death of life in man, and yet perceive harmony that transcends all diversities and in which diversity finds its richness and significance.”

~Howard Thurman


About Howard Thurman:

Thurman was an influential American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader. He was Dean of Chapel at Howard University and Boston University for more than two decades, wrote 21 books, and in 1944 helped found a multicultural church.

Thurman traveled broadly, heading Christian missions and meeting with world figures such as Mahatma Gandhi. When Thurman asked Gandhi what message he should take back to the United States, Gandhi said he regretted not having made nonviolence more visible as a practice worldwide and suggested some American black men would succeed where he had failed.


About Venice:

You may have heard that Venice is an engineering marvel, with marble churches built atop ancient posts driven deep into the barene (mud banks) – but the truth is that this city is built on sheer nerve. Reasonable people might blanch at water approaching their doorsteps and flee at the first sign of acqua alta (high tide). But reason can’t compare to Venetian resolve. Instead of bailing out, Venetians have flooded the world with voluptuous Venetian-red paintings and wines, music, Marco Polo spice-route flavours, and bohemian-chic fashion.

With the world’s most artistic masterpieces per square kilometre, you’d think the city would take it easy, maybe rest on its laurels. But Venice refuses to retire from the inspiration business. In narrow calli (alleyways), you’ll glimpse artisans hammering out shoes crested like lagoon birds, cooks whipping up four-star dishes on single-burner hotplates, and musicians lugging 18th-century cellos to riveting baroque concerts played with punk-rock bravado.




  1. Yes! That’s why we’re here! To come ALIVE to ourselves and to share it with others! Thank you for the beautiful and thoughtful post. I love the paradox that we are all different and yet the same; separate and yet ALL ONE!

    • Thank you sweet Michel for the lovely comment. This quote when I heard it, rocked me to my core. Yes, coming alive to ourselves is key. Sharing it with others lights up the world like a Christmas tree. Yes, yes, agree 100% with what you are saying. Thank you!

  2. “I’m Alive” – ELO

    I’m alive
    And the world shines for me today
    I’m alive, suddenly I am here today
    Seems like forever – and a day
    Thought I could never – feel this way
    Is this really me – I’m alive, I’m alive –

    I’m alive
    And the dawn breaks across the sky
    I’m alive and the sun rises up so high
    Lost in another world – far away
    Never another word – til today
    But what can I say
    I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive

    Suddenly came the dawn – from the night
    Suddenly I was born – into light
    How can it be real
    I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive

    I’m alive
    And the world shines for me today
    I’m alive, suddenly I am here today
    Seems like forever – and a day
    Thought I could never – feel this way
    Is this really me
    I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive –

    I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive

    • Wow Julie!!! Michele and I are sitting here reading the great lyrics you posted and realized that they fit you perfectly. You are the most alive electric person!! For God’s sake, keep on being Julie Bu. You are perfect!!!! 🙂 Yaaay! 🙂 Michel said “we heart ms Bu” 🙂

      • Ooooooooooh…. I don’t know what to say but thank you, Michele & Andrew!! 🙂

        I’ll try my best for sure.


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