Finding Your Way

This entry was posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 7:19 AM and is filed under Becoming, Belief Tips, career

 

 

Callings are essentially questions.  They aren’t questions you necessarily need to answer outright; they are questions to which you need to respond, expose yourself, and kneel before.”

 —Gregg Levoy, author of CALLINGS, Finding and Following an Authentic Life

Listening and observing our way into our life purpose is not a skill taught to many of us.

Yet, as I have repeatedly shared with my clients in the 20 years of coaching adults in transition, we find our “right” answers most often in silence.

The job search and resumes are actions that ideally should follow a period of introspection.  Making time for solitude and reflection is a necessary ingredient to finding our way, the full expression of  ourselves in the world.

Equally important, our “callings” do not necessarily have to be our life work.

We can accelerate the journey of discovering what may be next for us by asking thoughtful questions.

Several years ago, longing for greater clarity about my own career, I picked up Gregg Levoy’s New York Times’ best-selling book, CALLINGS,  one of the most profound guides of questions and insights I ever read.   Later, I took his workshop, which is being offered locally in less than two weeks as described below.

Here’s a few sample questions he asked us to write about, “shooting from the hip,” without over-thinking the answers:

1.  You are at a major intersection and come to a crossroads.  There are two signs going in different directions.  What words or phrases are written on each one?

 2.  If you were granted one hour of Prime Time TV, what would you talk to the world about?

 3.  What keeps coming back?

My work with Gregg solidified my calling as a soulful writer, and later as a businesswoman and coach.  Re-reading my notes, I saw quite clearly why I was prompted recently to expand my business in new ways (details coming in future blogs).

To learn about YOUR calling,  register now at uucr@uureading.org or call 781-944-0494 and come to Reading, MA, May 6.  Engage with like-minded others in finding and following an authentic life.

BELIEF TIP OF WEEK:

I allow myself to stay open to the questions, trusting life will support my growth.

Beth Shedd’s photo of the path through the woods reminds us of the beauty of thoughtful contemplation as we are “called” to our life’s purpose.

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5 Responses to “Finding Your Way”

  • Such great questions! At the intersection, I get “play it safe” or “live courageously”. Not an easy choice, but I am learning that playing it safe doesn’t make me happier. I remember when you took Gregg’s workshop and how impressed you were. I can see why.

  • Gail:

    Alice: Gregg does put forth great questions…I think there are more than 30 to consider at his workshop. And he teaches with humor, making the whole discovery process fun and engaging. Thank you for your candor, and also sharing how “playing it safe” doesn’t make you happier. You continue to blossom in your courage.

  • Beth:

    It was at Gregg’s “Callings” workshop 6 years ago, that I met two starring characters in the unfolding story of my life. Gregg asked us to write a dialogue between a part of us that wanted something that is really important to us and a part that resisted that. In that dialogue, I met “Grace”, who symbolized the peace and spiritual connection I longed for, and “Dizzy Lizzy”…who kept me SO busy…that Grace didn’t stand a chance. Grace advised me that if I didn’t slow down, I would be stopped. Three months later, while busy taking out the trash (ha!), I fell into a hole and broke my foot in 3 places. I slowed down…a lot! This was a life-changing experience for me and it began, consciously, at Gregg’s workshop.- Beth Scanzani, Certified True Purpose Coach

  • Gail:

    Beth: Thank you for sharing the profound ways in which Gregg’s workshop impacted your life. And, how interesting that after “slowing down”, you found your calling in becoming a True Purpose Coach, guiding others to live from their uniqueness.

  • Deb Busser:

    Love the quote you listed “kneel before” – wow! Resonates so deeply. It is always that connection to something bigger and outside yourself – that is, of course, also yourself.

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