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Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J Palmer

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Author merges several essays previously written.

When the way closes behind us, it is tempting to regard it simply as the result of some strategic error: had you been smarter or stronger, that door would not have slammed shut, so if you redouble my efforts, you may be able to batter it down. That is a dangerous temptation. If you resist closing rather than taking guidance from it, you may be ignoring the limitations inherent in that path. There is as much guidance in way that closes behind us as there is in way that opens ahead of us.

The opening may reveal our potentials while the closing may reveal our limits these are two sides of the same coin, the coin called identity.  In the spiritual domain, identity is coin of the realm, and we can learn much about our identity by examining either side of the coin.

What often happens on the spiritual journey, we arrived at the heart of a paradox: each time a door closes, the rest of the world opens up.

Suggests an average group can tolerate no more than fifteen seconds of silence: if we are not making noise, we believe, nothing good is happening and something must be dying. The gift we receive on the vocationsinner journey is the knowledge that ours is not the only act in town. Not only are there other acts out there, but some of them are even better than ours, at least occasionally!

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