Are we enmeshed in a system that drains of us of our sense of vocation? Do we view a vocation as synonymous to a career? Perhaps a refresher is in order. Career a choice? Vocation the backbone of life? A career the job you do as long as the benefits outweigh the costs? A vocation falling in love with a calling…making your personal identity? The poet David Whyte said, “Work, like marriage, is a place you can lose yourself more easily perhaps than finding yourself…” Wait what? Has the separation of job and vocation created an economy devoid of spirit? Are we filling our bank accounts at the cost of emptying our souls? Where have all the i have a dream people gone? I hope they’re in the sandbox because that’s where I’m heading. Are we besieged by the lure of short-term gains…self-preservation…driven by fear of failure? But Eleanor Roosevelt told us to ‘face our fears.’ hmmmmmmmm…something doesn’t feel right. Ok I think many of us start out with something outside of ourselves but then in the scramble to get somewhere lofty, ambition rears her ugly head. It’s a tragedy of sorts…will ambition ever find true love? Raise your hand if you detest the games we play? It would be an act of pure bravery to see a leader strip away the career mentality and revisit their original vows. In case you’re confused Aristotle has given us clarity on the topic, “Where your talents and the world’s needs cross, there lies your vocation.” Confucius say, “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” Perhaps if we pursue what we should be, we would set the world on fire. Ok time for some simplified Mother Teresa, “Do not wait on leaders, do it alone, person to person. PIF.