Dear Iyanla:
Is it just me, or does everyone find it really difficult to find a spiritual home in a career? I started my worklife as a hairdresser but found no fulfillment or higher purpose. Then I worked with disabled adults. Great sense of achievement, but I was put off by abusive language and threatening behavior. I felt really uneasy on the job. Now I am willing to start again at the bottom of the ladder, but I want to get it right this time. Do you have any suggestions?

The only thing missing in any experience is what you are not bringing to it! I encourage you to consider that your spiritual home is not a place or a position, it is a state of being. From what you have shared, it feels as if you are looking for an employment position to be a gift when the truth is, you are the gift.

What is your passion? What is the one thing you could do for the rest of your life whether you got paid to do it or not? What are your talents? What are your gifts? How can you use your talents, gifts, abilities, and experiences to make the world a better place? To bring joy to others? May I offer you an opportunity to ponder these questions and come up with a 10-20 word statement that reveals who you are, what makes you feel good, and what you are good at doing? In the process, you will discover the purpose of your life, and from there you can move into a work experience that serves you and the world.

In the meantime,
Be Blessed!


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