Clarity is… a journey
“A ship is always safe at shore, but that’s not what it was built for.” ~ Albert Einstein.
Some careers are noble, honored time worn traditions. To be called to said career is felt in the bones. A spirit soars with accomplishments on this calling to duty. Different views, culturally bound or narrowly lived, give us a path to walk on.
My family name (Daly) on my maternal grandmother’s side, stems from the Bards…. the storyteller’s of olden days. This storytelling that I love, is in my DNA. It’s in the bones. It’s in the history of my family. My own great grandpa wanted to be in Vaudeville, but his father made him do something more “practical”. He and his Vaudevillian brothers, all became dentists. I’m told through the living history that he always missed and had a twinge of regret that he didn’t pursue his passion.
Clear career Journey
Some of us make a career out of being dissatisfied with our selves or trying to be something or someone that we are not. We shove our foot into another person’s shoe so that we can be accepted. It never feels exactly right. We live in someone else’s reality, until we no longer remember what it was that we wanted.
Other careers come to us. They call us. They whisper to the wind, push down our door or knock us over with an obvious reality check. We often hear the famous, or infamous encouraging us to do only what we love. I’m guilty of this lofty meme-driven inspiration seeking. I enjoy the meme’s that remind me to stay inspired. Why not? If something harmless is inspiring, keep it! They remind me of my favorite post cards of my childhood.
Clear career Calling
I’m fascinated with ALL careers. I want to know how to do all of it. I want to become expert in all of it. The reality of that ambition is better suited to writing fiction, so that I can create characters. But then, so is the career counseling that I often do. Many coaches are called to clarifying with clients.
I first read about, ‘the good life’ in positive psychology, but then went on to discover that it was a term coined in the ancient philosopher’s as the ultimate goal of life. To find and live in our ‘good life’ is to be satisfied with the choices we make, the journey itself, not just the destination of success. The philosophy put to practice in our field tells us that when we embrace the love of what we’re doing, we create a level of accomplishment and satisfaction, not felt by those who live unhappy with their choices.
How we view what we choose to do is entirely up to us. We can love it, no matter what it is. Or, we can resent it, closing ourselves off to gaining from it. The journey that we all walk on is as unique to the world as our DNA.
About the Author: Karen Henry Daly is a positive psychology practitioner, blogger, author and speaker. She is a coach/consultant who writes both fiction and non-fiction about loving one’s best life, thriving, recovery and post traumatic thriving. www.positiveaging.coach “We’re ALL aging! If we’re lucky”.