(Catch up on my journey to becoming a full-time stay-at-home mom here.)
Interestingly, one of the books I’ve been reading lately is Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer. One of the most thought-provoking comments he makes is “From the beginning, our lives lay down clues to selfhood and vocation” (p. 15), and “One way is to seek clues in stories from our younger years, years when we lived closer to our birthright gifts” (p. 13).
Interestingly enough, I am also reading A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. This book “shows us how to get a second chance at life the first time around.” Because of this book, I am intentionally beginning the process of recording my memories, starting with childhood.
When I combine the two, I am getting a unique opportunity to examine my “calling” in life from the perspective of my childhood.
Speaking of childhood, I remember my grandmother used to have a few funny/witty quotes taped to her refrigerator. One of them read, “I have gone to find myself. If I come back before I return, keep me here.” For some reason, that just popped into my head. Very fitting.