In my experience, I have noted three mistaken beliefs about vocation. These beliefs often stop us from tapping the hidden jewel within.
- Vocation is reserved for the pious and the martyr. That we must be like Mother Theresa in order to have a vocation. This belief can lead us to mistakenly belittle the real impact of our lives. Where we can touch people hearts in the here and now.
- Vocation is associated with roles unrelated to a person’s talents and gifts. This belief on one hand narrows the field of possible vocations to a select few. And at the same time, it may lead one to walk away from one’s divinely given talents in pursuit of purpose and meaning.
- True vocation requires an escape from the din and diversity of ideas, religions, philosophies and beliefs. This belief may lead one to assume that a vocation is only possible when one can isolate oneself from life itself. We may be lead to monastic life for example as an escape instead of a true calling.
In acknowledging ones true vocation, we can find both purpose and meaning. And we need not sacrifice our talents or our connections to life.