Practicing Generosity with All Your Mind
It’s not more vacation we need; it’s more vocation. - Eleanor Roosevelt
Vocation is one of the aspects of wellness in the Mind quadrant of the Living Compass. Vocation is related to knowing and living out our purpose, our calling in life. It means knowing who we really are and showing up as our true, best, authentic selves—whether at work, home, in our community, with friends, or with family. When you reflect on the times in your life when you felt most fully alive at work or in service to others, chances are those were the times you were fully living out your vocation.
There is an old story that illustrates the importance of showing up as our true, authentic selves. Rabbi Zusya was a wise Hasidic master who lived in Poland in the 18th century. A story is told that one of his students once asked him, “Rabbi Zusya, what if when you die and go to heaven, God asks you why were you not more like Moses?” Wise Zusya thought for a moment, then answered, “The question God might have for me is not why was I not more like Moses, but why was I not more like Zusya.” The rabbi’s wisdom continues to be relevant and valuable.
Last Sunday’s reflection invited us to be on guard against the many distractions that bombard us this time of year. These distractions can tempt us to try to live the lives we think we ought to be living, trying to live up to others’ expectations of us. Giving in to this pressure can create the very opposite experience of feeling fully alive, of simply living as our authentic selves.
How might you show up more fully as your true, best, authentic self this season of Advent and Christmas?
Making it personal: What comes to mind when you think of vocation? Reflect on times over the last few months or years when you have felt most fully alive in work or service to others? How might you live out some of that aliveness during the seasons of Advent and Christmas?
Follow along with us this Advent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.