At some point in life, many of us ask ourselves: What should I do with my life? And usually this question refers to the perfect job or career for us.

I recently read something by Caroline Myss, a medical intuitive and renowned author, who puts this ‘pursuit of happiness’ in the context of a spiritual path.

In Myss’s model of evolution, you begin by needing to work, as a matter of survival, then you develop a thirst for career and then a passion for a vocation.

And it works in this order. You want a career because it pays more than a job, and you want a vocation because it’s fulfilling. A career may bring financial wealth, but a vocation brings spiritual wealth.

“For those on the spiritual path, one of the reasons that people express such dissatisfaction with what they’re doing in life is because they don’t realize they’re asking for a vocation and not a career,” Myss says. “They’ve moved past the career stage, and they want a vocation and don’t realize it.”

A vocation is a calling, where you feel that you need to be of service. You are called to do something that will not only fill your wallet but also your soul…and often reaches others at a soul level as well.

So you go from thirst to passion.

And where your passion is starving, you’re in search of a vocation – not just a career.

Are you and your spirit happy at work?

Author's Bio: 

I’m a girl from the Canadian prairies who likes wide-open spaces, fresh ideas, a great story, and inspiring environments, buildings and art of all kinds. I have written feature stories about architecture, urban, rural and lakeside living, cool neighbourhoods, and everything from business to pleasure (tourism and travel).

I believe that powerful writing, too, can link the artistic with the practical.

My feature writing has appeared in: Ottawa Citizen, Winnipeg Free Press, The Western Producer, The Cottager, Manitoba Business Magazine, Manitoba’s Northern Experience, Home & City, Manitoba Gardener, Ciao and up! (WestJet’s magazine).

Barbara Edie