What is a vocation? Your vocation?

As I combed the internet for ‘vocation’ quotes this evening, I learned that one letter off resulted in ‘vacation’.

WTH? How many times have I typed incorrect letters that led to what I was looking for – often!

But that wasn’t the case tonight. Vocation equated to the Pope, Mother Theresa, and varied religious prophets. Vocation, to me, was never tied to religion. It was a calling – period.

Of course, this led me down a rabbit hole of research and sleuthing, because that’s how I roll.

Then I retyped ‘vocation’ and, again, almost all results were religious in nature, which led me to sleuth even further.

What is the definition of vocation?

  1. a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation:
    “not all of us have a vocation to be nurses or doctors”

    calling · life’s work · mission · purpose · function · position · niche · profession · occupation · career · job · day job · work · employment · pursuit · trade ·


    I cannot count how many years I’d tried to explain to others that my vocation, wasn’t tied to my career. It wasn’t synonymous to how I got paid, and no matter what my mission, my full-time job always comes first. It has to, and it deserves to, because it is good to me – and funds my ‘vocation’.

    I’m not looking for a ‘vacation’, because my ‘vocation’ fulfills me.

    You don’t have to wait until you retire to pursue what’s in your soul. Let me be your test case. When I suppressed my soul work, I was miserable. When I let it fly free, I found an energy that I didn’t even know I had left.

    If I, as an auto-immune warrior can make it work, what’s stopping you?

    Make it happen.

    What is your vocation?

    If you don’t know, find it. If you need help, reach out today.

Author: E.M. Murphy

A voracious writer, lifetime learner and eternal seeker who aims to open minds and hearts. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a NASM Certified Behavior Change Specialist, humanity and humor is at the heart of my writing, reminding us that the key to success will always start with a genuine concern for others while making sure to be true to our authentic selves.

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