Wendell Berry, 20th century, poet, novelist and essayist, brings some wisdom (and encouragement) to those who see themselves lost in career/life transition. Career coaches rightfully advise on the value of self-awareness, introspection, and career exploration in order to find meaningful direction. But Mr. Berry goes deeper in his reassurance that we first must realize that we’re lost and know that it is the only place to begin finding that unique career position or retirement opportunity. Sure, there’s hard work required but the assessment, research and networking will be inspired. And take us to where we really want to be.
“It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
And that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.”