As Alexander Pope is quoted, in What Color is Your Parachute?...
Know then thyself,
Do not the Market scan
Until you've surveyed all You are,
Then you will have your plan.
Understanding myself, and where I might want to head, career-wise, going forward, was the reason I read Richard Bolles book, What Color is Your Parachute?, and wrote the previous 4 parts in this series.
The question we all ask ourselves, some sooner than others, is "What Did I Come into the World to do?"
The book says this moment in our lives goes by many names:
At last going after your Dreams, Finding more purpose, and meaning for your life, making a career-change, deciding to try something new, setting out in a different direction in your life, getting out of the rat race, going after your dream job, finding your mission in life at last, Fred....
Well, OK, maybe not Fred...I slipped that in there to see if anyone was actually reading this series, and had any thoughts to share about any of it. ;-D
The book explains that reading it, doing its assignments, and then The Flower Exercise, is "the moment when you decide that this time you're not going to do just a traditional job-hunt; you're going to do a lefe-changing job-hunt or career-change: one that begings with you and what it is that you want out of life."
My agenda. My wishes. My dreams. My mission in life, given to me by God.
This last exercise, even after all the others, is meant to give me more information about myself.
As I've writtten, before, I'm not the most religious person in the world.
Dad was Eastern Orthodox, Mom was a Lapsed Catholic, I had an Uncle who was a Southern Baptist Minister, I grew up attending Church, and Sunday School, at a Pentecostal Church, in my teen years, a church which one of my favorite people in the world, an adopted Granma, was a member of.
I read Oral Roberts, and watched Jerry Falwell, into my 20's, took a Bible as Lit class in college, and have read several History of Christianity books since those days, including a new one by Diarmaid MacCulloch, & have the 4 books by Charles Darwin on my shelf waiting their turns. ;-D
I've only been to church a couple of times since 1990 and, last October, began reading the Bible again for the first time since then. ;-D
Anyway, I've filled out the Steps of The Flower Exercise, even as I've focused on increasing my Marketable Skills by taking Computer Class, because I've not felt ready to run around filing Job Applications, Hither & Yon, recklessly, and not prepared to take the first job that will have me.
I know what you may be thinking..."In this economy? WTF is he thinking?"
I'm not even sure, myself. I just know it felt right to read this book, and do the exercises.
So, here is how I filled out The Flower Exercise...