“…find your path…”
A compass is an instrument of navigation that determines one’s position relative to the surface of the earth.
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/Higher Power can be the strength you need in this uncertainty.
Richard Bolles, author of “What Color is your Parachute” says, “In times of transition, if you happen to have an old faith laying in the closet, it’s time to bring it out and dust it off.” And faith is far reaching … faith in yourself, your family, friends, network, career track record, expertise, education, mentors, and/or a God/Higher Power who loves and cares.
What are the parts of your life where your faith is the strongest? What is rock steady? How will you use these strengths in navigating the uncharted waters of transition?