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Research Question #4

How can young people find and follow their callings?

(With Jo-Ann Triner Ed.D.)

Why are so many people forsaking jobs that feel too small for their spirits? Perhaps we have been trying to squeeze our feet into the steel-toed shoes of our Industrial Age ancestors, whose primitive ways of working have long been outgrown. This quest begins by setting aside the economics-only mindset that has dominated our thinking and left us with a soul deficit. The widespread disinterest in work speaks for itself, having fueled The Great Resignation, The Great Slowdown, and The Great Reshuffle. Our hope is to apply hard-earned wisdom and love to turn this into The Great Renaissance. The distress in our work cultures and in our personal lives will endure until we find ways to follow our callings. Pure Unlimited Love calls upon finite individuals to do the work of love. This high calling implies that we are exalted beings, the crown jewels of creation, born with the capacity to love and to manifest that love in our labor. It means that we are connected to the power grid of the Creator and capable of breathing life and love into our work. All other forms of empowerment shrivel in comparison to this inner capacity.

“Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy.”
—Kahlil Gibran

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.”
—Arnold Toynbee

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
—Mark Twain

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