Soul School – Lesson 15: Don’t Fear the Shake Up

Work for creative people, and for all sorts of people, looks different now. Don’t fear the shake up.

Do you hate the question, “What do you do for a living?”. Have you ever asked it of someone and then felt like it was the wrong question to ask as soon as you said it? I have a few suggestions and a really funny story about my own experience too.

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In January (2016) I’m talking about the concepts of calling and meaningful work.

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Soul School – Lesson 13 (The 3 Main Types of Meaningful Work)

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In January (2016) I’ll concentrate some time on the podcast talking about the concepts of meaningful work, vocation, service, and related concepts during Soul School and with my guests.

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What has meaningful work looked like for you?

Has your vocation shifted over time?

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EPS 43: A New Way to Think About Meaningful Work – with Lori Neff

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Lori Neff is my co-host today.LoriNeff

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A theme this month is all out vocation. There will be other things covered each week too, but we will be trying to think differently about vocation and asking what it means to do meaningful work at different seasons of life.

What does it mean to you?

For Lori and her journey she wonders about doing God’s will.


What do I believe vocation is?

Privileged statement, “Do what you love and love what you do vocationally.”

Asking am I squandering gifts?

Should I live out my gifts outside a paying job?

Barbara Brown Taylor’s

An Altar in the World

About finding your calling.

About rewarding work that doesn’t pay


About doing jobs you didn’t expect or ones that seem to not be right for us.

What to you find meaningful in work? A greater purpose? Improving lives and soul work and a cause.


The Sekh eye doctor.

Riding the waves of life and look for the next wave: A natural process of change.

Learning about trust and human tendencies and using my minutes well.

The wonder of Consciousness


Spiritual direction and vocation and peace.


What do I believe is true about God?

Being okay being uncomfortable.


“Pay attention to the things that bring us joy and life”



January theme of vocation

The new year as a chance to look things over.


The on Purpose Person


The pomodoro method



Tricks to make sure you rest.

Best productivity and distraction hacks resource documents I found in one spot.


Working respectful to yourself and like a professional

Final Resources :

Parker Palmer

Let Your Life Speak

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Special End-of-Summer News and Updates Episode

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I’m debuting my new microphone for you to hear. Tell me if you can hear the difference!

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Special “Ask Sparky” Episode: Responses to 5 Burning Question

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Shownotes for the Special “Ask Sparky” Episode: Responses to 5 Burning Questions


1. It’s hard to pray to God as Father when you’ve had a bad dad. What should I do?

• How do we think about God? (usually like a human person or institution)

• God is Spirit not an old white man in the sky with a long beard.

What adjectives will help you connect with the Being typically called “God”


Hebrew word for God is a description too (yahweh “I am” a verb) that was not used. Adonai  was substituted and that simply means “Master/Lord” and is a term of respect.


It’s misguided to think that God can be contained or described well using a “Proper Noun”. God can’t be called a proper name/noun…like “Billy” (and that would make Jesus “Billy Jr.”).

Hebrew names are descriptive when referring to people (not how we use names to address people today).


YAHWEH (Hebrew word), means I AM (or “is”) and works like a verb denoting Presence an Love in Action. It defies typical proper names and descriptions.


2. On Forgiveness

“What should I do to forgive when I can’t forget?”


Forgiving is a continual process.

Thinking of forgiveness as transactional–a debt clearing mechanism. Be an accountant and don’t worry about your emotions being on the same page.


Remembering that you are not your thoughts.


What Justice is actually (Shalom). Making things right and reconciliation.


3. What to do about envying others (in this case writers in the field) and being jealous of their success.


Seeing the negative emotions as tools. Reframing them to use them to find our calling, gifts, and passions.


Not getting caught up in “should” and “oughts” and comparisons.


When you can say of your work, “Wow, I get to do this!” you can have enough gratitude to be comfortable with the success of others.


It’s common and normal to get feelings of jealousy. It’s only when the take over our hearts and mind do we need to reevaluate and recalibrate what we are doing and thinking.


Deciding that the options of other people and the opinions should have huge power is a choice we can change.


4. Getting over feeling guilt and shame that keeps resurfacing.

Daring Greatly Brene Brown (the difference between guilt and shame.

• Guilt is important so we can learn and correct and grow and become better people.

• Shame is a belief that something, un fixable, is wrong with you.

Shame whispers lies in your ears. Shame becomes a decision of who we are as person.


Being put to shame by parents and others.


A mistake isn’t part of who you are.

Redemption is always possible. You can start anew.


My caveat.


5. Church isn’t working for me anymore and I feel guilty leaving the church, but I don’t feel fed.

In the U.S. we often go to church as a consumers and look for what we can get out of it. Church can be piss poor.


Look for ways to give and minister and find connection in other ways.


For me, small groups were a starting point that lead me to seminary.


Bringing back the potluck and sharing life with people.


Sometimes we sense church isn’t “working” when meaningful connection is lacking.


“we” is better than “me”.

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