Christmas brings an opportunity to slow down and reflect upon the real purpose of our life and work. The festival seasons reminds us that there is a more profound underpinning to our daily existence. That we are in fact part of a broader mystery that calls for us to explore the deeper dimensions of our being.
As a career counsellor, I reflect on what it means to change careers. Is it to find a quick solution to secure another source of income that pays the bills? Or is it to slow down and ponder the deeper questions such as what is meaningful in my life? What makes me feel alive? What does my soul desire right now at my deepest core? What am I craving to experience in life? What part of me feels sad that I am missing out on something in life?
I've come to learn that real and satisfying career change comes from being okay with not finding an answer right away. Thomas Moore (author of the New York Time's Best Selling book 'Care of the Soul') would say to be okay with not knowing and being open to where this journey may take you.
I've noticed that clients who experience the most profound life change take time to ponder what brings them the most meaning in their work. Something that gets them out of bed in the morning, knowing that their day will be enjoyable and personally satisfying.
And so as we approach Christmas, I would like to invite you to slow down and pay attention to what your soul needs right now. And paradoxically, being okay with not knowing, by staying open to the life-changing journey that unfolds as you connect within and notice what your soul genuinely craves.
Don't be so quick to find an answer. Ponder these questions and remain in that space of not knowing. See what emerges from the unknown as you drop directly into the mystery of your life and your soul.
If you know someone feeling lost in their career right now, feel free to share this article. We all need a reminder every now and again that we are in fact worthy of a satisfying career.
Daniel Solodky is a career counsellor in private practice in Melbourne, Australia. He works with clients seeking to bring more soul to their work globally over Skype. To learn more about his work, visit www.careerontheroad.com.