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07/30/07
Personal Self-Assessment: Callings
Filed under: Position Searching, Mentoring, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 8:25 am

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.  I
t 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)


-
Quakers have a tradition called
‘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
comprehend.  (41)


-
Passion and maturity.  A calling
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.

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