Brothers & Sisters,
Long ago I made a promise to myself that any job I had at the time if I ever woke up, was unhappy with the prospect of going to that particular job, I'd walk in and tender my resignation to my boss that day. Bold? Perhaps. However, my happiness has always been a major pillar of my life although previous posts would have you believe otherwise. Trust me when I say that even at my saltiest I still desired to be happy if even in the slightest bit.
Last October when I found that I could no longer push the voice that was calling me to the back of my head my first thought was "am I happy at my job?" The answer was a resounding yes. Sure I've had my differences with people that I work with, and we had had a rough couple years, but I loved the work my team was doing, the prospect of the future was a bright one. From the outside looking in and without any background knowledge of my current path you'd call me crazy for even considering leaving this job. I still wake up every morning happy with my job and ready to take on the day and see what my small team of misfits can accomplish. And if I can love on them for a second, they're a pretty stellar ground of people (even if they do have quirks that drive me crazy).
So why would I ever leave? After a lot of soul-searching and praying it's just not my purpose to be an IT Manager for the rest of my life. Sure the paycheck is excellent, my bills get paid, and all that but it's not fulfilling. And that's what is most important to me and should be to all of you as well. I know in the deepest reaches of my soul that I want to spend the rest of my life serving God and his people. There is entirely no question or doubt in my mind that this is what I ought to be doing. Even now when I think about it, great peace and happiness wash over me. That feeling has never gone away since the first day I felt it.
Think about where you are right now. Are you happy? Does it feel like you are doing what you are supposed to be doing on the path that is before you? If you have even the slightest hesitation, I will challenge you to examine it much more in-depth and be honest with yourself. Most importantly don't be afraid of what the outcome might be. Some of you might feel that you're stuck in your job because you want to have something else lined up before you leave. That's completely fine and reasonable! We all have bills to pay, some of you have families to provide for, it'd be silly of me to think you could pack everything up and say goodbye to that old life. What you can do, is start to think about what you ought to be doing with the life you have left on this earth and make plans to transition to that grand plan. Whether it takes six months or two years as long as you've got a plan and you're moving towards making it a reality that's all that ever counts.
For those of us a little further on in life, the prospect of a massive shift in our professional life is scary. I was terrified of the idea of becoming a priest at first. But then I started thinking of the purpose rather than the profession/vocation, and everything became clear to me. I'd challenge you to think about the same things. What are your life goals beyond the material things? How do you want to be remembered when you're nothing but dust? It won't be for the cars you owned or the money you had, but it will be for your actions and what kind of person you were.
I meet so many people that tell me they are unhappy with their job but that's it. They haven't gone any further than that and haven't attempted to analyze anything beyond the fact that they think they are unhappy with their career. I immediately challenge them on that point and ask what they're purpose is. I'm often met with blank stares and an "hmm." They often say to me "You have this aura of happiness about you, I want that." My response always goes back to finding your purpose. Once you figure it out the rest is gravy. Make a plan, stick to it and move through your life with a much lighter step, warmer heart, brighter spirit, and happiness.
In closing my brothers and sisters, stop wallowing and start living. It's not easy, but it costs you nothing, and there's an excellent chance that on the other end of all of this is a happier you, doing what you always should have been doing.