When faced with obscurity or vagueness in direction on a trip, a compass can be a key resource. The origin of this essential navigational tool comes not from modern exploration, but from the Qin Dynasty in China, (221-206 BC). Using the mineral lodestone, which aligns itself in a north-south direction, fortune tellers created the first incarnation of the compass in their fortune telling boards to help people decipher their future.
When facing transitions, the realization that change is not only coming, but is already upon us can be daunting, even debilitating. The first step to finding strength and engaging in the process of transitioning is realizing that there are both internal and external resources to help you find your way. The pursuit of vocation starts by collecting navigational “tools and resources”–technical, mental, written, personal and spiritual– to find your true path.
And depending on your faith, God can be the strength and the guidance you need in this uncertainty.
In the Principle and Foundation of my Spiritual Exercises, I encourage others to have their life goal to live with God now and forever. As we are able to respond to the love in our lives from others and God, we are better able to discover and love out God’s call. Appreciating these gifts is important too but so is insuring that they don’t become the center of our lives.