The TEDx Minneapolis event this past Friday evening left me with a feeling of appreciation for all the ways we as humans show up to share our gifts and talents. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the event—mostly I thought there would be speakers, food, and opportunities to network with people who like ideas worth spreading. It was much more than that. Dancers, musicians, comedians, virtual reality, and a singer song-writer with the voice of an angel who had us engaged in a round of song inspired by the shooting of Philando Castile.

It reminded me that there are so many ways to express creativity. That as spiritual beings having a human experience, we all have a longing to be seen and heard. Of course not all of us are willing to admit this or so bold to risk the vulnerability of sharing our divine selves publicly. For that reason I am more and more inspired by the ballsy people who show up to do so.

Because at the end of the day isn’t that REALLY what the journey is all about? Using this blank canvas of space and time while we’re in these human bodies to see what we can create, who we can connect with, how we can collaborate and contribute?

When you think about it, it’s the people who are the best at taking these kinds of risks who are the ones rockin’ the material goods most of us have been fooled into thinking we’re after in life anyways.  Whether their artistry is basketball, business, singing, acting, writing, or knitting unique sweaters for cats…we have collectively decided that it is those who are willing to intentionally hone their craft, share it with all of us, and be publicly witnessed in their growth (or death) process who {for better or worse} command our attention and get a whole lot of our goodies.

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