For a long time, I clung to the Frederick Buechner quote on vocation – “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” After what can only be called a roller coaster start to adulthood, this quote served as a guiding light for becoming clear on my call and purpose. I was led to working with youth, young adults and families as a minister in the Lutheran church. My gladness was found in helping to form faith and providing spiritual care and guidance. Those whom I encountered were seeking deeper meaning and an authentic connection with the Divine. My gladness met their hunger and life was good.
Fast forward to a few years ago… I was working with young adults and climbing the proverbial career ladder and yet something wasn’t right. I felt as though my gladness had diminished and I questioned whether or not I was meeting peoples’ hunger. Additionally, the place where I found myself was not life-giving. In fact, I felt drained and disconnected from myself. This couldn’t be what God intended.
This quote by the Rev. Howard Thurman stopped me in my tracks. I had used the Buechner quote not only in my own life, but I also referred people to it when they were struggling to figure out their vocation. The Thurman quote, however, offered a very different perspective. I heard an invitation to explore what makes me come alive. This quote took the conversation around deep gladness to another level. By turning my attention to what brought me to life, I was able to shift a focus from what others needed to what I needed. And in this pivot, I found that what I could offer was so much richer and deeper. When I found out what made me come alive, I also found my unique and indelible gift to humanity.
I share this with you to invite you to consider what makes you come alive. Many of you have been long time supporters of me and my vision. This year I took a leap of faith and began my own business, RHW Consulting. I look forward to all that’s to come and hope to continue to help people live a meaningful life by embracing the fullness of who they are. Please watch my introductory video and share it with someone you think might need inspiration and support.
If you’re on social media, I invite you to share your response to what makes you come alive using the hashtag, #RozeReflections.
Peace, Light and Love to you all,
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