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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Do You Have Just One True Calling - Or Many?


Interesting article posted at Illuminated Mind today. It discusses how some people have many "true callings," not just one. Here's a link to the article, "Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling (and Why We’re Better Off that Way)".

The article is interesting to me because it's true, we don't have just one true calling, in fact, I seriously doubt that many people at all have just one calling in life. For example, a person may be called to work with animals and become a vet, but they are also a friend, sister, mother, wife. They may love to sew and craft but also be really good at and love hosting fundraisers and volunteering at the children's hospital. How can you say that person's one true calling is to be a doctor for animals when it's only one aspect of that person's life?

Even though the article is well written, interesting, and makes you think, I don't agree with one point brought up by the author. She insinuates that a simple remark like, "what do you want  to be when you grow up?"  makes people think that they are not normal because they don't want to be or do just one thing. She says it's the beginning of a pattern that can cause a lot of pain and anxiety. I guess I don't understand her position because I think the desire to do many things, and different things at the various stages of our lives, is perfectly normal. In fact, there are way fewer people who only pursue one interest over their lifetime than those who pursue many.

God would not have created us to be such wonderful multifaceted brilliant creatures if he wanted us to be one-dimensional. The fact that we are able to have many interests at the same time, move from one project to another, or have several careers in our lifetimes, is amazing and people do it all the time. I feel so blessed to live in a country that allows, even encourages me, to pursue many interests and have never felt that I was abnormal or invisible because I'm interested in so much.

Later in the article there's some good and useful information about how to bring your multiple interests together in your business pursuit. And she closes with some great words about how having multiple interests makes you original and wonderful. But don't let that make you think that because you have multiple interests you are some how different, you're not, we all have multiple interests. What makes you original and wonderful are your multiple interests, everyone's are different, and THAT'S what makes you an original.

What makes YOU an original wonderful person? What are your multiple passions? 

I'll write about mine in a future post, I'd love to hear about yours in the comments below.

Until later ~

Reba

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