Early calls

“Enter each day with the expectation that the happenings of the day may contain a clandestine message addressed to you personally. Expect omens, epiphanies, causal blessings, and teachers who unknowingly speak to your condition.  Expect that through the right lens, all our encounters will appear full of thunderbolts and instructions; every bush will be a burning bush”

– Sam Keen, Hymns to an Unknown God

One of my favorite parts of being a mom is watching my kids discover what they love to do.  The other day, Seb (6), looked at me with an epiphany.  “Mom, when I am talking and everyone is listening to what I have to say, my heart feels happy,  and I feel totally in control of myself.  My life feels good and easy.”   Yikes.

The truth is, he is right.  He has a natural gift for speaking,  and people light him up.  I am so glad he is paying attention.

I love to talk with adults that seem that happy and engaged in their work.  It’s fun to ask them when and how they “knew” what they wanted to do.  It always leads to fantastic conversation, and people who are jazzed about their work are even more jazzed to talk about why.

I keep a running list of themes I hear from folks who are in love with their work.  Here are a few…

  • It’s okay to not have found your calling, be patient
  • Create space and time for reflection
  • Listen carefully to your heart
  • Build a strong network and community of support
  • Take some risks
  • Don’t discount it because it feels too simple; it may feel easy because you have a gift
  • One thing leads to another, pay attention to signs along the way
  • Know that it will be hard, involve sacrifice, and come with it’s own junk
  • Be grateful for the journey

Are you doing what you love?  How did you know this was what you wanted to do?

What advice do you have for those in search of…

How can we best help our children identify and develop their callings?

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