THE ART OF WORK by Jeff Goins
I just finished reading a book called, “The Art of Work, “ by Jeff Goins. It was so good I took screenshots of worthy points. Does anyone else do that? The book was about me. Not really, but it was about my story and possibly yours. The message is about finding your calling and loving what you do instead of drudging through life.
I have two moments of clarity in my life about wanting to write: the book I painstakingly wrote, illustrated and tried to get published in the fifth grade and a paper I wrote in the eighth grade. The topic was, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was a gymnastics coach, but then, almost as an aside, I threw in author. Like that wasn’t a real occupation, more of a dream. It seemed equivalent to little kids who want to play in the NFL or be a movie star. Nevertheless I mentioned it anyway, and thirty five years later I still remember. Over the ensuing years, I felt a pang of jealousy whenever anyone wrote or published anything. If I read a novel, I thought, “I could do that.” Except I didn’t have time and I didn’t have a story. God in His infinite wisdom gave me both by giving me myasthenia gravis. I was disabled to be enabled.
When interviewed for medical school, I was asked why I wanted to go into medicine. Confidently, I answered, “I feel called.” The interviewer was an atheist who ridiculed me, asking if I had heard an audible voice. I have been a writer for a grand total of three months and I now feel it is my calling. My calling is to encourage those who are facing difficult situations. My calling is to let my life demonstrate how God blesses through adversity. Did I miss my calling before? No I was sowing into the lives of thousands of women and countless families. It gave me a base platform to connect through my writing.
Because I have always been highly productive, many worried how I would adjust to forced retirement. I am learning new things and it challenges me. Recently I attended a writer’s conference and listened to women lament not having time to write because of their jobs or their families. Most days, I can spend hours writing.
I am often asked if I miss work. I don’t miss the interruptions of my sleep and family life. I don’t miss the stress, I had enough of that. I don’t miss the frustration associated with paperwork and electronic medical records. I do miss the feel of a newborn’s feet. I miss the look in a woman’s eyes when she hears her unborn baby’s heartbeat for the first time. But I think I’ve found my calling and it is merely a continuation of my previous calling.
Have you found your calling in life? If not, I would encourage you to read Jeff’s book. Even if you think you have, it’s worth the read. You never know when the circumstances of life may pick you up and place you on a different path.
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