Recently, I was invited to speak with a women’s group at a local church. I thought I would share some of my travel experiences over the years. Not a travelogue of pretty pictures, but more of a “lessons learned along the way”, albeit accompanied by some of my travel photographs. I was hoping to show these lessons as metaphors for how I now live. A journey is a common metaphor for life.
In preparing for the lecture, I came across a couple of my favorite quotations – an often-cited one from Frederick Buechner, and another from Ken Robinson in his book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin Books, 2009).
The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. (Frederick Buechner)
Human lives are organic and cyclical. Different capacities express themselves in stronger ways at different times in our lives. Because of this, we get multiple opportunities for new growth and development, and multiple opportunities to revitalize latent capacities. (Ken Robinson)
Reflecting on these quotations caused me to re-examine my current path and commitments. I have been the Director of Adult Faith Enrichment at my church for more than six years. I started to wonder for how many more years this would be “my deep gladness” or whether or not “the world’s deep hunger” is to be found elsewhere. Over the years, I assumed responsibility for several tasks over and above the adult classes, not all about which I am equally passionate.
At the same time, I recognized that life for me has become far too serious. Life IS serious and often difficult, I know. However, I seemed to have squeezed our laughter, amusement, cheerfulness, and imagination – which brings me to by current questions:
Q1. If I could be anyone or do anything, what would it be?
Q2. If I could live anywhere, where would it be?
Q3. What is my real passion?
Q4. What is stopping me?
Q5. How do I get ready for “a new opportunity for growth and development”?
If you are asking yourself these questions, but you think you are too old or too settled into your comfort zone, it really is not too late. We may not complete what we start in this lifetime, but that shouldn’t keep us from giving our whole life to a new enterprise.
- How do you know when you are being called to new paths and directions?
- How would you answer the five questions above?