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SHARING A REFLECTION ON THE PATH TO MY CALLING

November 21, 2014

1458544_10152084457735649_447046796_nThis life is a blessing, a wonderful, awesome journey of discovery. Lessons and blessings are around every corner. The biggest challenge is to stay focused on our divinely inspired mission while making a living.

Sometimes though, I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster for the past few decades, raising six kids, running a business, and performing service work. Life seems to be moving at a faster pace. Of late though, so much is happening so fast that I feel like I am mostly reacting to life instead of responding to my calling, but maybe that’s how it is when you finally getting close to your own flow.  Life will pull you in many directions to teach you lessons. Once you learn those lessons, you must have courage and the diligence to get back on or to stay the course.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
Steve Jobs

I’ve learned on my journey that people will try to convince me to use my positive and powerful energy to fuel THEIR dreams which leaves little or no energy for my own. I have been experiencing some cognitive dissonance of late because my mind KNOWS what to do, but I have not had the courage to limit the distractions from keeping me from doing what I know I was put here to do. Specifically, I am seriously reflecting on the Bahai quote about my calling.  You see, when you are capable of doing so many different things, it takes courage to say no and just focus on the “most important thing!” For example, I’ve been dissipating my energy on different money making strategies while my heart is calling to me to focus on my specific gifts and talents and to trust! If we ever want to become our “best”, we’ve got to trust that we can earn a living by our calling!

The best of men are they that earn a livelihood by their calling and spend upon themselves and upon their kindred for the love of God, the Lord of all worlds. (Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words, Persian 82)

Don’t get me wrong now. I am loving life because I am growing mentally and spiritually by leaps and bounds. It is important however for me to take time out and reflect on my calling. You too must make the time to find out why you are here on the planet. Each of us is a gift to the planet, a piece of the puzzle, a dot that allows the picture to be complete. We are each here for a reason and when we strive to figure out what that thing is, our lives transform. The Holy Bible speaks of our calling (vocation) and teaches us of the attitude of lowliness, meekness, and love that must accompany it. I have to ask myself, “Am I worthy of the vocation for which I have been called?”  If so, what am I doing about it? And a good question to ask to test if you are doing the right work is to ask, “Does my current work allow me to succeed if I choose to be humble, meek, peaceful and loving OR does it demand other more materialistic traits?

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2With all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1

“When the student is ready, the teacher appears” seems apropos to explaining my ongoing and continuous transformation. I am in awe that I have learned so much over the past year that I am almost not the same person I was a year ago.  You may not notice that much by looking at the physical, but the mental and the spiritual are flying. Some of that can be attributed to my accumulated wisdom, but a lot has been from the marrying of science and spirit, learning about my brain and how it works and understanding the “why’s” of life. Learning scientifically what prayer, meditation, faith, and belief do to the body and mind.  It’s like I was collecting puzzle pieces all my life and now they are finally fitting together.  Like Steve Jobs would say, “Trust that the dots will connect.”  In my life, the dots are connecting.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
Steve Jobs

Perhaps it was my time or the reflection that one naturally goes through when they reach a certain age or stage of life. For me, I am have several major milestones at hand, one of reaching 60 and the other of getting close to seeing my last daughter preparing for college next year. Reaching another decade challenged me to re-evaluate at my life, my goals, and MY CALLING! In addition, I consciously put some goals on hold decades ago so that I could concentrate on my most important role of being a mother. I’m nearing completion of that most important sacred task. So now I have to re-evaluate if those long stagnant goals are still what I want to do.  Pray for me as I pray for you.

Barbara

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