And now remain these three: faith, hope and love…and what that means in your [professional] life
Don’t get the wrong idea. This is not one of those preachy marriage-ish pieces on 1 Corinthians 13 waxing lyrical about love. This is a moment of clarity inspired by a gut wrenching night after what I can only describe as a professional drop-kick rejection. It’s that feeling Theresa May must feel on the morning after the UK snap election. And before you roll your eyes at me, yes I admit I exaggerate melodramatically for effect so consider that my disclaimer and take it as you will (like an espresso — just be strong). Now back to those three.
Faith, right? “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. If ever there was a definition for risk, this is it. Whether you admit it or not, on some level we all do this because we all have a little something called ambition, aspiration, call it what you may … it is the bedrock of purpose wired into our DNA by virtue of our humanity so we cannot escape it. We imagine things, good things, lofty things, challenging things and yes, even impossible things. So we take chances just to see if our imagination isn’t running wild and boy is it something when we find the evidence of our imagination actually unveiled in our reality. But what if on some rare occasion, or for some of us on recurring occasions, this evidence doesn’t materialize? Faith it till you make it? I don’t know hey. I’m kinda on the fence about that one. At this point your chances are better with hope.
Hope floats (lol, see what I did there). But seriously, hope does float (I haven’t actually watched that movie). But that’s what hope does. Hope is like a buoy on calm waters and turbulent seas. And here’s the thing, a buoy is defined as “an anchored float serving as a navigation mark”. Seriously, I’m not making this up. Google it. That’s how triple-edged hope is…it’s an anchor that floats and navigates. So it keeps you grounded, keeps you above level then points you in a direction. And where do most of us want to go? To that place that synchronizes, aligns and resonates with our heart beat. To the greatest of all.
Love. I am in no way presumptuous enough to dare define what this means for you. But you know what it is and what it could be to really love your _______ fill in the blank … job, studies, president (that last one though lol). The point is love is where passion & effort consistently collide on purpose to give you a profound sense of pride, belonging & significance.
I’m not totally there yet, many of us aren’t. But only one thing will keep you grounded in faith while you float your way to that place where you love your job, studies, _______ etc. You will get there, bobbing & weaving, tossed to and fro (possibly looking like Tom Hanks in Cast Away — I did watch this one). But you will not sink if you hope again and again and again. Stick to hope, cling to it. It’s a 3-in-1 USP (brand lingo for “you won’t find a better offer anywhere”) and by that measure alone you’re bound to get some value out of it. I hope this helps you see a little bit of that elusive silver lining. I hope.