“A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live. …………..When we are not living up to our true vocation, thought deadens our life, or substitutes itself for life, or gives in to life so that our life drowns out our thinking and stifles the voice of conscience. When we find our vocation – thought and life are one.”
Thomas Merton –Thoughts in Solitude
Thomas Merton in these few sentences gives us clear explanation of how we will know if we are living what our Soul’s intented purpose. “…when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live” – “thought and life are one” It sounds so simple – maybe too simple for most of us, especially in a world of complex decision making. Taking time to listen to our souls is difficult at best with a cell phone ringing in one hand and an office phone ringing within arms reach.
To truly find what we love to do, what we were meant to do, is usually to find what comes to us naturally – without struggle or meditation; but once that door is opened there will be no shutting it until our life here is done, and that may be the one fear that prevents us from fulfilling it.
“Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it.” Ernest Hemingway