I’ll be a guest speaker on The Quest of Life radio show on WRPI-FM on Friday, December 17, 2010 and my topic will be Connecting Your Spirit and Your Work. The next few blog posts will go into more talk about the points that I’ll be speaking on there.
What is it that makes your spirit soar? What are the things that you do that make you feel good about yourself? When do feel most alive? These are questions that we rarely ask ourselves when we talk about our careers. The old adage is that “Work is work”, meaning that it’s not something to enjoy.
Henry David Thoreau wrote that “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them”, and I believe that most of us can see this in either our own or others lives. You can tell when you are around someone that you feel the life as really been sucked out of them. This is usually replaced by anger, cattiness, or a general vacantness of the soul. It’s like these people are not living their own lives, but reacting to or fighting back from the agony that is the world. It’s usually also accompanied by the feeling that nothing can be done to change the situation.
I deal with many people who feel like the don’t have any options and are list as the direction they want to go. The biggest thing that usually gets clients out of this rut is to get some movement in a positive direction. Of course, this first begs the question of what’s a positive direction. While I’ll go into that in my next post on values, a good way to think about it is to ask yourself “What would I change in my current situation that would make life better?”. Whether you can currently change it yourself or not, this is a sign that this relates to what your spirit needs in your life. One of the keys to happiness is to keep moving toward things that support your spirit, and less of just reacting to the negatives.
So, what are the things that fill your heart with joy and make you feel good about yourself? What actions are you taking to include more of that in your daily life?
Again, remember to let people know about the Finding Your Calling workshop at Easton Mountain, January 14-17, 2011! (Note: It’s been rescheduled to March 18-20-, 2011!)