Does it matter? It might. Depending on your answer, it might be the most important question you should be asking right now. Your overall sense of happiness and satisfaction is tightly correlated to your answer.
Before we get too deep, let’s explore what we mean by Job, Career, and Calling.
You have to do it. It’s a matter of survival. Your job is a means to an end. You do the job to make money. To make ends meet. A job is mostly about you.
Of course, as part of your job you provide service to someone else. Every job is a service to someone. But with a job you feel distanced from that service. A job feels like “work" because there’s a disconnect between the what and the why.
Chances are, you are pretty good at your job. After all, that’s what allows you to keep it. However, in this job, you are probably...
Most of us live our entire lives in a state of mild distraction. I literally can’t complete this sentence without my mind wandering to a dozen unrelated things. Whew. That was exhausting. Why do I do this? Is there anything I can do about it? I went to the moon to find out.
Ok, maybe it wasn’t the moon, but it was what I imagine the moon would be like. In fact, I was in Joshua Tree National Park. My plan was to make this a mini vision quest, which includes 3 major elements: nature, fasting, and solitude. Unlike my previous vision quest, I didn’t have any particular “topic” that I wanted to explore. But, with my wedding a mere 30 days away, it seemed like a good time to get away and spend some time with the wild horses that roam the vast emptiness between my ears.
Since my goal was to be alone and spring is a popular time to visit Joshua Tree, I entered the park at one of the less...
Recently, a friend came to me to get my thoughts on a dilemma she was facing. She had just received a really great job offer that would allow her to make a lot more money, offered tremendous career development opportunity, and would shorten her commute, to boot. “What’s the problem?” I asked? She said, “I feel like the work that I do in my current job is really important. I feel like I’m doing good in the world and I don't want to lose that.” My friend was experiencing “diverging journeys” and by recognizing this she would be able to stand confidently in her decision about whether to take the new job or stay in her current one.
Each of us is simultaneously living two distinct journeys. In their lecture, The Hero’s 2 Journeys, authors and screenwriters Michael Hauge and Christopher Vogler describe the inner journey and the outer journey. The hero’s outer journey is...