Finding My Calling

Recently, during an e-mail discussion with a friend, he inquired if I had “found my calling”. Our most recent thread was about his moving onto another job. I was struck that he’d found a good match in his career, had found what he was missing, as he described it. He asked me if I had found my calling. I thought about his question for a while. I work hard, and feel that I contribute at my job. But, found my calling? That did not seem to fit. My thoughts went beyond work, career, to a larger domain; life. Then, it came to me. I easily answered him. Yes, I have found my calling, in motherhood.

I am blessed with my two gifts, James and John. Motherhood is so impacting to me. My world is now divided into two distinct time periods; before kids and after kids. I have learned so much from my children and this experience. I cherish it so.

I delight in the smallest of things. Recently, my youngest, James, age 7, took his father’s hand and led him away, off to their next adventure. They paused for a moment, and James turned around to speak to me. He said ” Mommy, you have had Daddy for 21 years. I’ve only had him for seven. It’s still my turn.” I am still lingering in his sweet sentiment.

The thoughtfulness of my 10-year-old, John, warms my heart as well. We were visiting a friend who has a dog, Xena. My younger son took to licking ice cream off of the table where it had melted onto. My older son, John, addressed this with his younger brother. “James, you are licking the table like some kind of….of…..of…hamster.” John did not want to offend Xena, the dog, or her human mother. His forethought and kindness I so treasure.

Raising my children has given me a window into my own childhood, a window most often covered with a dark heavy curtain. How empowering and healthy it has been for me to be able to give in a loving and healthy way. And, how blessed I am to have found my calling.

It is my hope that each person finds a calling, something in which you can both give of yourself and your gifts while receiving satisfaction, appreciation, and joy from giving.

2013

About the contributing author:

Robin enjoys a variety of interests and activities, including writing, making jewelry, volunteering for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, creating note cards, photography, spending time with friends and family, and, of course, being a mother. Please take a moment to visit her blog at robinswetz.com.

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Finding My Calling

Recently, during an e-mail discussion with a friend, he inquired if I had “found my calling”. Our most recent thread was about his moving onto another job. I was struck that he’d found a good match in his career, had found what he was missing, as he described it. He asked me if I had found my calling. I thought about his question for a while. I work hard, and feel that I contribute at my job. But, found my calling? That did not seem to fit. My thoughts went beyond work, career, to a larger domain; life. Then, it came to me. I easily answered him. Yes, I have found my calling, in motherhood.

I am blessed with my two gifts, James and John. Motherhood is so impacting to me. My world is now divided into two distinct time periods; before kids and after kids. I have learned so much from my children and this experience. I cherish it so.

I delight in the smallest of things. Recently, my youngest, James, age 7, took his father’s hand and led him away, off to their next adventure. They paused for a moment, and James turned around to speak to me. He said ” Mommy, you have had Daddy for 21 years. I’ve only had him for seven. It’s still my turn.” I am still lingering in his sweet sentiment.

The thoughtfulness of my 10-year-old, John, warms my heart as well. We were visiting a friend who has a dog, Xena. My younger son took to licking ice cream off of the table where it had melted onto. My older son, John, addressed this with his younger brother. “James, you are licking the table like some kind of….of…..of…hamster.” John did not want to offend Xena, the dog, or her human mother. His forethought and kindness I so treasure.

Raising my children has given me a window into my own childhood, a window most often covered with a dark heavy curtain. How empowering and healthy it has been for me to be able to give in a loving and healthy way. And, how blessed I am to have found my calling.

It is my hope that each person finds a calling, something in which you can both give of yourself and your gifts while receiving satisfaction, appreciation, and joy from giving.

2013

About the contributing author:

Robin enjoys a variety of interests and activities, including writing, making jewelry, volunteering for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, creating note cards, photography, spending time with friends and family, and, of course, being a mother. Please take a moment to visit her blog at robinswetz.com.

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About robin swetz

I am a creative writer that enjoys the simple things in life. I really connect with humor and really like making observations and writing about them with an overlay of humor. Its what makes my world go around.,
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