For many of us, the job-hunt offers a chance to make some fundamental changes in our whole life.
☑️ It marks a turning point in how we live our life.
☑️ It gives us a chance to ponder and reflect, to extend our mental horizons, to go deeper into the depth of our soul.
☑️It gives us a chance to wrestle with the question, “Why am I here on earth?”
We don’t want to feel we are just another grain of sand lying on this beach called humanity, unnumbered, and lost in the billions of other human beings.
We want to do more than plod through life, going to work, coming home from work. We want to find that special joy “that no one can take from us,” which comes from having a sense of Mission in our life, to do some unique work that only we can accomplish.
We want to know what our Mission is
Webster defines Mission as “a continuing task or responsibility that one is destined or fitted to do or specially called upon to undertake.” And historically has had two major synonyms: Calling and Vocation.
Unemployment, particularly in this troubled economy, gives us a chance to contemplate why we are here, and what is our Calling, Vocation, or Mission.
Unemployment becomes life transition, when we can’t find a job doing the same work we’ve always done. Since we must rethink one thing, many of us choose to rethink everything. Something awakens inside us. Call it yearning, or call it hope. We come to realize the dream we dreamed has never died, and we go back to get it. We decide to resume our search . . . for the life we know within our heart that we were meant to live.
That’s why a period of unemployment can absolutely change your life.
Figuring out what your Mission in life is, will likely take some time. It is not a problem to be solved overnight. It is a learning process that has steps to it, much like the process by which we all learned to eat. As a baby, we did not tackle adult foods right away. There were three stages; mother’s milk, then strained foods, then finally with teeth, grown up food. It was all eating, simply different forms of eating – appropriate to our development at the time. But each state had to be mastered, in turn, before the next could be approached.
Unemployment is an interruption, in most of our lives, but interruptions are opportunities to pause, to think, to assess where we really want to go with our lives.
“The major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions. The door that slams shut, the plan that got sidetracked, the marriage that failed. Or that lovely poem that didn’t get written because someone knocked on the door.” Martin Luther King Jr.
A self-inventory is just that type of thinking and assessing, with its demand that you do an inventory of who you are and what you love to do, before you set out on your search for (meaningful) work, helps you take advantage of the opportunity that this interruption presents.