This is a quick, but hopefully thoughtful, note. As I am swimming (no – make that drowning) in the midst of beginning of semester preparation, teaching, taking courses, getting manuscripts out the door, and preparing for my qualifying exam/doctoral prospectus defense, I am overwhelmed. It is this time of year in which the phrase “Just keep swimming” rings in my ears (thank you Finding Nemo for your infinite wisdom). But I had a brief moment of silence and reflection in my day today that reminded me it’s all worth it. Strangely, or perhaps perfectly, I was prepping for a class I teach.
True self, when violated, will always resist us, sometimes at great cost, holding our lives in check until we honor its truth. Vocation does not come from willfulness.
– Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak
It is amongst my need to get everything done and be the best at what I do that these words are often forgotten. I neglect that quiet inner voice within me that says “this is the way – walk in it.” I am convinced more and more that our lives are meant to be a peaceful coexistence with our beings. What does that mean? Simply that I am created to be a certain someone, and I cannot force myself into any other mold. Vocation is calling me, and I must enjoy the journey and process of letting that unfold naturally. And in this quiet moment of stillness today, I remembered this forgotten pearl of wisdom. Here’s to a great semester of still moments amongst the busyness of life.