Most Impactful Part of Amal Fellowship Journey
During our Amal fellowship journey, we did many group discussions, project works and activities which were integral part of our growth and skill development. The thing which is very close to my heart, and is sort of unforgettable for me, is the video in an online course in which Elizabeth Gilbert explains the difference between hobby, job, career and vocation, to a confused person who wrote her a letter complaining that he couldn’t pursue his career in arts, due to economic burden. Elizabeth replied that he can still pursue his passion for the arts as his hobby, as our hobby is not also always our job, or a thing in which we can set our career. Hobby is something close to our heart and a source of relaxation for us. While a job is just for earning money, to bear your expenses. Vocation, on the other hand, is a sort of a divine call, or a call from inside of you, to do a specific thing which you are talented in and fulfil your purpose of life.
This explanation was so thought-provoking and captivating, that I couldn’t get it out of my mind and was very happy that I heard it. It explains to us that we do not always have to love our job, but we can also generate our own happiness while doing a boring job. And in my opinion, the thing that made her words more impactful, was her passion and energy, which she demonstrated in saying it. It was just like those words were coming straight out of her heart and that is why they were heart-touching for me too. I loved how she said that, may be more than what she said. Her words urged one, to find out what his vocation is and what is the purpose of his life. The message is to enjoy your own time by taking out time for your hobby, to stay motivated and optimistic during the dull routine.
People are usually depressed when they do not get their dream job or career, but we often ignore the small things in which our happiness lies. After hearing these words, now I’ll try to remember that even if life is not going in the way, I wanted it or planned it to be, I should trust God, and be grateful for small things like hobbies and passion, which can give us ultimate pleasure, and focus in finding my vocation as purpose of my life.