Rather, Parker Palmer writes, the more important questions are: “What am I? What is my nature?” These questions are more important because they require more self-knowledge. This knowledge must include, Palmer writes, acknowledgement of our limits and our potentials. Of course, it’s much more difficult to develop self-awareness than it is to simply base our vocational decisions on what we “ought to” or “should” do. The type of soul-searching Parker describes is hard work. I read this book in 2013, and I’ve returned to it many times. I continue to find new, challenging ideas in this provocative book.
Palmer, Parker J. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. Jossey-Bass, 2000, p. 15.