Looking Back, Listening Forward


Parker Palmer speaks of vocation in his book Let Your Life Speak. He says:

Vocation does not come from willfulness. It comes from listening. I must listen to my life and try to understand what it is truly about – quite apart from what I would like it to be about – or my life will never represent anything real in the world, no matter how earnest my intentions. That insight is hidden in the word vocation itself, which is rooted in the Latin for “voice.” Vocation does not mean a goal that I pursue. It means a calling that I hear. Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.

My Life tells me that – no matter how anxious I get – I can find solstice into a good book. He tells me that when I sit down with a pen and paper, my mind comes alive with ideas, insights, characters, and plots. My Life keeps calling me back to publishing, to developing creative ways to announce new books to the people who need to read them most.

So I’ll continue to listen to my Life and live into the vocation created before me in 2007. That’s one lesson from 2006. I hope to encourage others – whether friends, family, authors, or acquaintances – to stop and listen to that same small voice.

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