“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” Viktor E. Frankl
Mission – Vocation – Calling
These are words we don’t hear much anymore. People think about their job or earning a living and even saving for retirement but mission, vocation, and calling all smack of something spiritual. We are quickly abandoning spiritual principals for a secular answer to life. Frankl realized with his groundbreaking psychological vocation that people are unique and have something unique to contribute. We might even call it spiritual. When we have something meaningful to do, no matter how small it might seem, it is unique and specific to us. It makes us indispensable. I think this is why so many people feel lost when they retire or lose their job. It’s a bit like communities that don’t diversify their economy. They put all their economic eggs in one basket and when the plant closes or downsizes they are lost.
We all need to find things that bring us meaning to us and ultimately help others. We are not designed to sit in a rocking chair on a porch and watch the world go by (although that can be a nice way to rest for a little while). We gain meaning by serving others and helping them to achieve something unique about themselves. We leave the world a better place and we find fulfillment.
There are time we can’t motivate ourselves on our own. It’s then we need a guide or coach. Do you need to move from where you are and discern what your vocation, mission, or calling is? Think about it and if so seek out the guidance that will help you move forward.
“Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul.” Proverbs 24:14