The Zookeeper's Secret: Finding Your Calling in Life by Jeffrey A., Bunderson, Stuart Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source : Received from the publisher to review.
Genre: Inspirational Self-Help
Book Description: Perhaps your professional and other life ambitions are simply a means to an end—a way to pay the bills or pursue a lifestyle. But what if there was something more? What if you could have success and fulfillment in equal measure? In response to these fundamental questions, Professors Jeff Thompson and Stuart Bunderson draw on research, personal experience, and gospel truths to dispel common myths that can stand in the way of seeking your true calling, the work that brings the greatest meaning and satisfaction to your life. Is there only one true calling for you? Can you still find your calling if you choose to stay at home? What if your calling doesn’t pay enough to live on? Discover the answers to these questions and many more as you learn to tap into the spiritual gifts of God and realize how your talents can bring gratification to your life and blessings to those around you. Brimming with practical activities and applications, this guidebook to pursuing your ideal life’s work will inspire the confidence you need to translate aspiration into action.
My thoughts: Often I have looked over my choices and wondered if they were the right ones. Being a stay at home mom and then a lunch lady will not get me any acclaim, and often they can cause mocking. It is with hesitation that I tell people that I meet what I do.
If you are like me, this is a book that you should read. Life isn't about acclaim, but finding something that you are good at and gives you fulfillment, and it's also in finding fulfillment in what you are doing.
This book uses scripture references to illustrate work and man's place working. They have the chapters set up as "heresies". You can read them in any order, or read only the ones that you feel pertain to you. I honestly found value in all of the book.
Only lucky people find a calling in life.
You should seek your one true calling in life.
You get to script your path to a calling in life.
You have to set aside your calling in order to support your family.
When you find your calling, work will be blissful.
When you find your calling, the world will take notice.
Meaning is found at work.
So, my takeaway from the book.... I love my job. I love feeding children. I love that my job allows me to be home when my kids are home from school. I haven't given up my 17 years invested in being a stay at home mom. Is it easy? No. Do I wish I were anywhere else doing anything else? No.
Do I sometimes wonder if I have missed my divine potential? Yes. I'm not going to worry about that though, I have found something that I am passionate about.
This book helped me appreciate what I do a little more. For others, it can inspire you to do more, to seek and find something that fulfills you. Life is about joy in the journey. They mention that it isn't easy, and you may not find the joy right away. It's about seeking out the good. Zookeepers have job fulfillment, even though they may have to deal with some "crap" (literally). They love what they do. They see the benefit of serving the animals in their care.
I'm glad that I had the opportunity to read the book and realize that it is OK to find joy in what I am doing and not worry about what the world thinks.
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