Career Vs. Calling

By Lorie Rosenberg

Not many of us have the incredible opportunity of having a career that is our calling in life. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t have our own special calling that brings us total, unadulterated joy.

I decided to look up the meaning of “a calling.” It is “a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence.”

Is there something that you love to do that when you engage in this activity, you get totally lost in what you’re doing? You become so totally engrossed that you don’t hear the dog barking or the kids screaming? You’re so focused that you lose track of time and the next thing you know, hours have passed and you can’t recall what time it is? Those are some of the characteristics of a true calling.

As I mentioned above, most of us wouldn’t say that our job is our true calling; but if you do, then you truly have something to rejoice about. One of our friends works for a biomedical company and is developing a cure for African sleeping sickness. There’s not a lot of money in that business to treat an African disease, but the company he works for is funded by Bill Gates and the rewards of what he does are staggering.

If your job is a career instead of a calling, you still have plenty of opportunities to incorporate a passion of yours into what you do every day. It will help bring happiness into your life and as an added bonus you may even be able to help others in the process.

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