When Real Life Interrupts Your Calling
I sat down at the computer typing and there was a homework question coming from the kitchen table a few feet away. I looked at the clock and saw dinner was approaching and I had nothing. The blank screen stared and the blinking cursor mocked. This is not how I thought it would feel to pursue my calling.
I’ve been on a path for over a year to figure out what role writing plays in my purpose. Tapping words on the screen, some better than others, I’m still uncertain of the shape and direction to go. I’ve been wandering in my own desert looking for water.This is not how I thought it would feel to pursue my calling. Click To Tweet
When I opened the mailbox to discover Jeff Goins’ latest book The Art of Work, I thought I’d found it. Clearly, this must be it. The subtitle reads: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do.
YES! That. I want that.
And I cracked the spine, highlighter and pen in hand and began a process.
I hate process. I like knowing. I like being finished and checking things off my list. I wanted to breeze through the book, clearly know what I’m meant to do and then add the title to my Read in 2015 board on Pinterest. But I couldn’t.This book took me somewhere I didn't expect. The best books tend to do that. #artofwork Click To Tweet
It took me into parts of myself that I’ve closed off for years. It brought me face to face with my questions, fears, and uncertainties about those big philosophical questions. I met people from all over the world through Jeff’s stories. People that looked at the same questions and were walking out their answers one step at a time. Because the subtitle is exactly right, it is a path and I was so busy looking for the endpoint I was missing the journey.
Each page took me through the process of thinking and evaluating my dreams and calling. It addressed the questions and pitfalls I kept getting stuck in all while weaving in stories of people who have been through the process and are just a bit further along on their path.
As I neared the end of the book I read the words that pierced the heart of the push and pull I’d been feeling for years.
Sometimes all the little things in life aren’t interruptions to our calling. They are the most important part.
Jeff Goins, The Art of Work
Here I was struggling to carve out time for what I thought would be my true calling, all along missing the fact that helping with homework and making dinner, movie night and lazy Sunday’s, taking the dogs out and lunch dates with my husband, all of it is part of my calling.
And the question is not how to eliminate things to make room for my calling?
The question is how do the things in my life work together to help me become my calling?
Check out Jeff Goins’ book here!
About Becky Hastings
I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.