Let’s go back to – Catalina Islands…for a sec
One of the most fascinating creatures on God’s green earth that I met was Jesse.
Meet Jesse – (So cool)
Jesse is an epiphany. She redefines coolness. She had that cool, colorful, Malibu groove going on. She is graceful, calm, charming, lovely, wise, intuitive, respectful and one fine sister who really loves Jesus. Don’t judge. Just bragging about Jesse is all.
While facing the beach we engaged in a conversation to inquire why we were each glowing. And no…it wasn’t love at first sight or last sight (though if Jesus made it possible…okay…I should stop now). Just kidding.
We swapped stories and compliments. Then, Jesse shared her dilemma. She didn’t know what her calling was. She wanted to know what it is God was inspiring her to do and how to do it. She was a sophomore in college but wasn’t sure what to chose for a major. I listened and we just talked and swapped experiences. Then, our talk went something like this – Continue reading
In my previous post, Clues to Your Calling, I referred to an article, The Call, written by Rabbi Sacks in which he shared the four characteristics to discovering your calling.
Click here to read the full (short) post.
I often had questions. How do I differentiate between what I am good at, what I do, and what I am called to do?
That was a hard question for me to answer. I love stories and in his talk, Rabbi Sacks told shared a personal revelation which resonated with me. He said –
“I have known great judges who were also brilliant pianists.
Wittgenstein trained as an aeronautical engineer but eventually dedicated his life to philosophy.
Ronald Heifetz qualified as a doctor and a musician but instead became the founder of the School of Public Leadership at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
We can be good at many things, but what gives a life direction and meaning is a sense of mission, of something we are called on to do.”
And what is the real test for a calling?
“The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves” ~ Logan Pearsall
All real achievement requires back-breaking preparation. The most common estimate is 10,000 hours of deep practice.
Are you willing to pay this price?
~ Rabbi Sacks
Keep it 100
One love, One Spirit
- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Call (Vayikra 5778), Rabbisacks.org
How does one find out what their calling, their vocation, or their destiny is?
This is a question I battled with and sometimes still battle with.
It is quite a journey and for me it has been hard and it has taken me over 8 years to put – some of it – together. In the beginning, it was blurry. I just knew what page God was on in my book of life and destiny and where in the future he was calling from.
But, like Father Abraham, I had no idea what to do, where to go, or how to go about it. It was a cold call – cold turkey.
My journey has been about learning the nuances of “God’s call to us” and sharing the process. It has involved stepping out of myself to see the work and the hand of the divine working on myself while doing life myself.
It now involves sharing what I have experienced to be the MOST IMPORTANT pieces to keep in mind or work with in order to help friends, family, and others make that practical shift and take action not on their own, but as a community.
That’s why I started this blog.
Recently, while listening to Rabbi Sacks discussing a weekly bible portion on Leviticus, he shared some thoughts and clues to identifying your vocation which I thought was awesome. I saw myself in the process. In his article, he quoted the late Michael Novak in, Business as a Calling: work and the examined life, shared these four characteristics to identifying your calling: Continue reading