Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Our calling is to grow into our own authentic selfhood," Parker Palmer

"Our calling is to grow into our own authentic selfhood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks - we will also find our path of authentic service in the world. True vocation joins self and service, as Frederick Buechner asserts when he defines vocation as the place where your deep gladness meets the world's deep need."

Buechner's definition starts with the self and moves toward the needs of the world: it begins, wisely, where vocation begins - not in what the world needs (which is everything), but in the nature of the human self, in what brings the self joy, the deep joy of nowing that we are here on earth to be the gifts that God created."

~ Parker Palmer in "Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation," page 17

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