Reading code

This weekend I began reading Let Your Life Speak, by Parker Palmer. Mid-day, out on a ranch, preparing for a marriage celebration of friends, with the melodious rifts of a practicing band in the background, I settled into my chair for some wisdom on vocation.

“If we can learn to read our own responses to our own experience…we will receive the guidance we need to live more authentic lives” (p. 6).

Response without reflection leads to an unlearned life. If indeed it is possible to live contrary to our nature, the God-given goodness inside of us, then it is possible to live lives outside of our true purpose. Palmer writes about a code, written in our experiences, just waiting to be read and received. This code is what is build into our beings, a vocation that moves beyond what we do and into who we are.

But how can we even begin to discover our “path,” our “calling,” our “vocation,” if we are unwilling or too busy to reflect?

Reflection is not my favorite thing. It’s usually painful, somewhat uncomfortable, repetitive and takes too much time. However, I’m coming to believe that it is absolutely necessary to living life fully.

Moments happen to us every day. Great ones. Beautiful ones. Boring ones. Some we wish we could take back. How can we look through the window of our existence and learn from them?

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