During this time of physical illness I’ve thought a lot about what I’ll want to do when I’m well again. Mostly, I joke, but with all sincerity, that I want a vacation. That I want to just do whatever it is I want to do whenever I want to do it and enjoy every second of it! I want to go to the beach. I want to run, and dance, and skip. I want to do agility training with my dog. I want to learn modern calligraphy. I want to visit places of ancient history and stand in awe, feeling deeply connected to all of humanity.
You get the idea.
But the other thing I’ve thought a lot about is what I’ll want to do to make a living, whether I’ll return to teaching, create a program for kids outside of the public school system, start a coaching practice for adults, become an author, etc. And for now, I always end up at the same answer–I don’t know.
For a long time I’ve desperately wanted to know the answer, experiencing various amounts of peace within this phase of, “I don’t know right now, and that’s okay.” But what I’ve come to realize is that figuring it out doesn’t require anywhere near as much pressure as I’d been heaping on top of it. And what matters even more than what I choose is the fact that it will be me doing it. I can choose whichever path brings me the most joy when the time comes and I can’t tell you how unbelievably freeing that feels. Talk about taking the pressure off!
And the same is true for you. It is what you bring to whatever you do that matters. Unless you’re a sociopath who finds pleasure in harming others…which, as a lovely person who gets my emails, I trust you are not.
It’s who you are that makes what you do meaningful.
Sure, there may be types of service that your soul is called to more than others but no matter what, your purpose is bigger and more precious than any label or occupation.
At Luther College we were reminded of the term vocation often and were encouraged to consider what Frederick Buechner calls, “the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
This works for on a grand scale but it’s also true for the little things. And chances are, there is something you’re already doing, that’s inherent in who you are, that is helping to make the world a better place. Find that, and focus upon it. And I promise, the joy that you discover there will propel you forward to uncover even more of what you love and what you are meant to do while you’re here.
And I would LOVE to hear what happens!
I am sending so much appreciation for who you are and what you bring to the world in the unique and exact way that only you can.
P.S. I’m a little late in getting the word out but…
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