Career Pathway #110: “Now I Become Myself”

I knew that offering vocation coaching through a two-day intensive would bring me closer to my own clarity on my personal vocation. And, indeed it has. 

After volunteering my services to this end, I bought a couple of books to offer some quiet perspective from others focused on this same work. “Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation” by Parker J. Palmer and, “Finding Your North Star: Claiming the Life you were Meant to Live” by Martha Beck. Both are fast becoming trusted and reassuring favorites of mine.

Of the many people who contacted me for vocation coaching, the youngest person was already familiar with Martha Beck’s book. I was delighted to see someone at the beginning point of her work life, so tuned in to purpose and finding ways to apply her specific talents that are consistent with her values and desires. Far more common is to make career choices and paths based on happenstance, the path of least resistance, or outside influence.

Besides borrowing my Pathway title from Parker Palmer’s second chapter, here are some additional words of his I’d like to share: “Vocation does not come from willfulness. It comes from listening. Vocation does not mean a goal that I pursue. It means a calling that I hear. I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” “True self, when violated, will always resist us, sometimes at great cost, holding our lives in check until we honor its truth.”

And, some words from Frederick Buechner, quoted in Palmer’s book: “Vocation: the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” The world not only needs your talents, but your joy from expressing your talents through service.

Coaching Inquiries: What message do you want to share with the world? Is there a specific service to others that you are being drawn to consider? Are you looking for more personal meaning and fulfillment in your work? What is your next step in moving toward meaningful vocation?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Kate Kriynovich (
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH

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