“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” —Parker Palmer on “Becoming the Person You Called to Become (Not What the World Wants of You)”
“I believe there’s a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.”
― Oprah Winfrey
“A job is how you make money. A career is how you make your mark. A calling is how you acknowledge a higher vision, whatever it may be. — Deepak Chopra
“My appointed work is to awaken the divine nature that is within. This is my calling, to open doors of truth and make people think to arouse others from their apathetic and lethargic state, and get them to seek out for themselves the inner peace which dwells within. This is the extent of my undertaking, I can do no more. The rest I leave to a higher power.– Peace Pilgrim
Often when we speak of finding our calling we are referring to our life’s work or career. It has taken many years for me to realize that at least in my case, my calling wasn’t about a job, it was about a way of life.
In my twenties if you would have told me my calling was to realize the God within all of us, to remind others of this, encourage them to thing positive thoughts and eat their vegetables, I would have laughed in your face. 🙂 It has been a long, hard road from where I thought I wanted to be to where I was meant to be.
It is still a struggle as I realize how different this calling makes me. There are times of loneliness and sadness. Times of feeling like an outcast — not belonging “to the world” but also not wanting to belong. But there is also joy is watching others awaken and remember who they are and stand with and for the grace, mercy, peace and justice of God. It is always exciting to see people awaken to truth, but right now is especially exciting.
I had intended to stop having a “theme” for each month as my blog stats seem to have been falling off this year. I didn’t have a theme in mind for this month, but one seemed to develop on it’s own. I guess Spirit have something else in mind.
So this month let’s explore awakening and what it means to be “called.”