Aligning Your Life: Books and Thoughts for Fulfillment


I'll unpack this further in the future, but I wanted to share a quick thought that is really helping me gain energy and vision while alleviating stress.

There are four primary elements of my life where I'm seeking alignment, and I want to share them with you.

The greater the alignment in these areas, the greater thrust of energy I feel in my days. It's as though I'm coming into agreement with my deepest desires, my soul's purpose.

Vocation: This is that thing you're called to do. Call is a great word to accompany vocation because the word vocation comes from the Latin word where we get voice. There's a voice that's coming through your life. I love Parker Palmer's book Let Your Life Speak for this topic.

Location: There is such a thing as topography of soul. In the same way certain plant species thrive in some topographies and not others, your soul is most at home in certain places. The mountains? The water? I really enjoyed the book Blue Mind, which chronicles the neurobiological benefits of being on, near or in water. Yeah, water's my thing.

Family: If you do life with others in a family context, they're a big part of your narrative, and where you go and what you do is shaped by these people. Abraham left his father and went to an unknown land. David longed to return home. 

Profession: I delineate between profession and vocation because profession is what you do to earn money - your job. Vocation is what you do that gives you life; the place where your deep gladness meets the world's deep hunger. I enjoyed the books Dream Year  and Designing Your Life on this topic.

Spend some time thinking about these four elements of your life. While you might not be able to bring precise alignment among all four, these are helpful quadrants or streams to think within as you continually seek to be at one with yourself, God and others.

More to come...