In Angela Duckworth’s book “Grit” she tells a story of three construction workers at a construction site performing the same task. Each was asked what their job was. The first one said he laid bricks. The second one said he was building a church. The third one said he was building a house of God. The point of the story is how do you choose to view your profession?
I remember early in my teaching professional career enjoying teaching tennis but my real passion was the connection and impact I felt I had on my clients from a wellness aspect. I felt I was in the business of building relationships and enriching lives. I “walked the walk” so to speak leading and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Little did I know at the time my true “calling” was really helping others. A cancer diagnosis in 2012 lead me on a different path where I could help so many cancer survivors with my volunteer and fundraising efforts with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
One thing I have learned is that as you age life humbles you. I also know so many people in the twilight of their lives who are searching for meaning. I personally have found great meaning and joy in my life servicing others.
I challenge you to ask yourself these questions:
- How do I view my calling in my profession or retirement?
- How am I helping or servicing others?
I believe that if you can find a calling in your profession and help others you will find true happiness.
“Without purpose that is bigger than yourself you are more likely to only serve yourself.” Lolly Daskal