Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Called Life

“To find our calling is to find the intersection between our own deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger.  - Rev. Dr. Frederick Buechner

Welcome to my blog, which will explore, wrestle with and celebrate the hows and whys of living a “called life.” The Greek philosophers believed everyone came into life with a calling, an individual daimon or genius, and that our task in life was to fully express and share this genius, this calling with the world.  And so it is.  Hearing and living my call, learning how my deep gladness can help feed the world’s hunger, has been my life’s work, even before I knew what calling was.  I believe that it is everyone’s life work - and we need others to help us discover and express it - which is why I’m starting this blog.
Who am I you might be wondering?  A 54-year old man who was born in San Francisco and adopted at birth.  Who had his first job as a 9 year-old shoe shine boy two blocks from the Haight Ashbury in San Francisco in 1967.   Hippies and sandals were all around me which meant my first small business didn’t succeed.  I have had many different jobs and callings in my life.  I have worked in small companies and large companies.  I spent years in the telecommunications industry in sales, management, marketing and training and I have been an ordained Unitarian Universalism minister since 2000. (Calls have been my life!)  I served 11 years as a parish minister and am now the first Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.  I have been married for more than 26 years, have two adult sons, a dog and a cat.  I love baseball, both fantasy and real, all sports, traveling - especially when I can find a deal - and going for long walks listening to music on my iPhone.  I am passionate about entrepreneurship and religion/spirituality; justice and joy; humor and life and helping others discover and live their calls.
 Since jobs and work are two very important elements of the called life you will hear more about these in the coming days.  But a calling is more than a job; it is about who we are and how we wish to find meaning and purpose in life.   So many people today are striving to live lives of service and joy, passion and possibility, and gladness with the goal of feeding a hungry world.  And that is what this blog will be about.
I’m starting it now because in the past few months I have been on fire looking for the intersections between business and religion, entrepreneurship and spirituality - calltrepreneurship if you will.  More specifically between Silicon Valley and Assisi.  What can we learn from Steve Jobs and St. Francis? You may be surprised at how much they have in common and how their lives, and the lives and practices of men and women in business and religion, can inspire and teach us to live a called life.   Tomorrow I leave on a pilgrimage to Italy and California to learn more about these two magical, spiritual places and what they have to say about joy and hunger.  I will be sharing my learnings and my reflections in the days to come.  I look forward to sharing this journey, this exploration of more fully living lives of joy and purpose with you!

The tomb of St. Francis of Assisi. Credit: Don Southworth (but don’t tell anyone!)

1 comment:

Rebecca Reeves said...

Wishing you joy in the process, and looking forward to following your adventure.