Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Discovering my calling

Discovering the calling
The more intensely we feel about an idea or goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment - Earl Nightingale (US motivational writer and author 1921- 1989)

The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning – Mitch Albom

  ‘What is your passion?’ I heard the question again. It was louder and clearer this time. I had heard such questions before and I had always thought, well all those people that go on and on about their passions just kinda had it easy and I just waved it off as being unnecessarily overrated.  I belonged to the school of thought that believed you have to work at some Bank or Oil company and slave for even longer hours to earn the big bucks. At least that’s the reason one had to go through school right? But the question seemed to follow me everywhere.

  I stuttered for a few minutes and mentioned ‘Law’. My heart seemed to be screaming in my ears that I was telling a terrible lie. As much as I liked being a lawyer and had sacrificed the better part of my life to being one, I derived neither joy nor satisfaction from those long hours in a boring courtroom sweating under my wig and gown or spending long hours poring over pages and pages of law reports. I actually found law boring.

So what exactly was my passion?

  This thought didn’t leave my mind. It even bothered me. I couldn’t imagine living a boring and unfulfilled life. I had heard stories about people that discovered their passions at a later age. I had even heard of stories of regrets where an older person wished he could turn back the hands of time and explore his passion. Imagine a man at 70 discovering a thing for rock and roll, obscene indeed! Or how my aunt suddenly discovered that she was a born fashion designer at the age of 58. She had spent the better part of her life being a Computer Engineer and was unfulfilled, frustrated even
  Then I thought to myself… I don’t want to end up like that. The wealthiest and most fulfilled people on earth are those making money from what they love to do- Movie stars, athletes, musicians, just name it and its not work to them like we all love to call it but a way of life. What they eat, breath and dream.  I needed to discover my passion.

Then it happened one beautiful day!

discovering my calling

  I have this amazing man in my life (batting my eyelashes) and on this day we were talking and he mentioned something about cakes. See I love to give my friends a treat and I see the way their eyes light up when I bring a cake maybe on birthdays, engagements, weddings, christening whatever, I have discovered that cakes are the perfect gift. That glint in their eyes has always been a source of inspiration to me and has always brought joy to my soul. This has always moved me to get even more cakes. No one ever says no to cakes. You can’t have a party without cakes. My heart leaped for joy. That was it!

 I couldn’t believe it had been there all along and I hadn’t just realised it, I under rated it even, thinking a person’s passion had to be something really grand like bungee jumping or skiing. The fact that I was good with creating my own special MizVuitton recipes and the best place in my house was my kitchen didn’t occur to me. I still had a hard time discovering what my passion was

  I walked away feeling elated but I still needed a confirmation. I got on my knees and asked for a sign. The very next Sunday I walked into church and the pastor said something, ‘What is that thing that you have in your house? There is something God has blessed you with uniquely that is your instrument for a miraculous life, activate it today’.  My heart screamed CAKES BY MIZVUITTON. I had never felt surer about anything else in my entire adult life.