Read the well written book by Gregg
Levoy, “Callings: Finding and Following
an authentic life,” for several objectives.
My reading extracted eight “ahas”
that you may be interested in, if you, like
me, are processing your self-definition
and direction. Here is a brief snippet
about them (number gives page reference):
-Passion: “There are hundreds of ways to
kiss the ground,” mystic poet, Rumi.
-Calls are essentially questions. Not
necessarily questions with answers, here
and now, but looking for responses, to
expose yourself to and kneel before.
-Self awareness requires that we have
a curiosity about ourselves. What are your
tendencies? what do you desire? will your
tendencies get you there? If not, what
should you change? (22)
-Start small. Observe first, don’t analyze.
Use curiosity first, not interrogation. (23)
-Consult your death—good story. (30)
Impermanence is one of those things we
share with those we love. It concentrates
your mind tremendously.
-True callings are very rarely easy to
fully recognize. More often, we can only
make sense of signs by drawing lines
between them, connecting the dots so
that they form a pattern or develop a
roadmap to follow. (36)
‘clearness committees,’ where a person
can test his calling, enlist support, and gain
alternatives. Once the committee meets
and the matter is defined, the group
encounters a period of silence. This is
like a period of listening to each others’
souls enter into disclosure and discovery.
Then, they only ask questions in a spirit
of caring, rather than even curiosity;
evocation rather than impositions.
The goal is more to apprehend than to
has to be matched by fortitude (standing
for your integrity, your commitment, shared
purpose), overcoming difficulties, drive and
compassion, if it fails. (74)
For those on a similar quest, “Callings”
could be good reading.