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Posted by Walter Sawatzky on Sep 29, 2014 6:30:00 AM

Your Personal Design Provides the Shape of Your True Calling. 

....first in a series

It is common to dread going to work on Monday (or perhaps any other day). Since our real gifts and talents may not be valued or appreciated, we bring less than our full self to work because it is not what we were designed to do.

“The typical person spends over 100,000 hours working during his or her lifetime, and more than 60 percent of people do not enjoy their work.”   --The Gallup Corporation 

Eventually, many people find that their true self has been left behind. They wonder where they gave up their dreams, their values, and their excitement about their work…a reality that too many humans share…compared to:

“When you work you fulfill a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born…and to love life through labor is to be intimate with life's inmost secret.”   Kahlil Gibran

From the time we enter school we are asked, "What are you going to be when you grow up?" Notice that the question is not, "What will you do?" but, "What will you be?" The question itself suggests that we integrate a part of our “who” in “what” we do. 

Certainly, we are each far more than what we do for a living, but we want our work to be part of something that makes a difference in the world!  So, we may occasionally hear a familiar voice deep inside of us and filled with longing asking:   ‘How can I enjoy the time I spend working and feel like I’m contributing my unique talents in the process?’

Reflect on what (even small) hopeful response you can give to that inner voice? How will you act on it today?

 Next Monday:  “Work”, “True Calling”, “Vocation” and “Personal Design”…?

-Walter Sawatzky

Walters_Image    6 Steps to Finding the Work You Love. Read more from Walter Sawatzky



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