A month or two ago I read a very interesting and beautiful book called Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer. Very self-engaging read it was. A year ago I decided to let my life speak by deciding to leave a secured job and going in search to pursue my dreams and find out what my vocation (purpose in life) is.
I can tell you I had no idea a year ago that I would be where I am today. I let faith be my radar, and took off in blind faith without any particular plan A, B, or C. I just resigned moved all the way across the world (from Doha, to DC, now in Florida). I went to DC decided to enroll in Aveda institute learn about skin care (esthiology) something I wanted to do for years, but let fear keep from pursing this dream.
Well, while in DC my eyes and heart was subjected to poverty and homelessness. I had no idea what a great issue it was in America. Each day I would enter the Nation’s capital and I would see it in the daylight and night life surrounding me. I couldn’t understand it, and I couldn’t rest at night knowing that there is something I could do about it. Well, almost facing being homeless myself I understood how easy it could happen to me and just about anyone else so easily.
I eventually left DC after graduating from Aveda, and I returned home to Florida. I thought I would find work in the beauty and spa industry doing esthetics, but I decided to be still and let my life speak for me in what direction I would take when pursing work. So I decided to enroll in Eckerd college this January to start on my path to pursue my degree in creative writing so I could gain the technical skills in writing (something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a child was be a writer). Well, since I’ve moved back to Florida the world of poverty and homelessness also showed its face full frontal in every direction I turned.
Then one day while looking for work, but not forcing it, the opportunity presented itself to me to work with helping homeless veterans or those on the verge of becoming homeless gain housing and become stable in housing. I knew it was a sign that this was the direction that I should take. So I applied for the job an interviewed, and now I’m working with an organization that is helping to make a change in the community. Little did I know how very detailed this mission would be.
Its been three weeks since I’ve worked with this organization and today I asked myself, “do I have the heart, wisdom, and strength to do this kind of work?” Well, my mentor at school presented a class for me to take at this Spring Semester and its called Poverty & Homelessness in Florida. Tonight was my first day in this class, and OH MY! This journey will be very interesting.
Life really is a journey and I realized by having that faith and courage to let my life speak as Parker Palmer speaks about in his book “Let Your Life Speak”. It can really be a fulfilling, adventurous, life filled with endless blessings. Today I while driving home from work, I cried because I wasn’t sure if I had what it takes to do this job, I cried from what I’ve seen so far while working in this job, and after tonight’s class I know I am on the right path and its something beautiful about letting your life be of service to others…
To be continued.