As Hurricane Matthew approached the Carolinas last week, I was reminded of something from my childhood. Some of you may remember the old maps with longitude and latitude lines that were used to manually track hurricanes. I recall tuning into the weather station each day to learn the latest coordinates and then plotting the path of the storm on my map.
In the past few days we have had no need to manually track the hurricane. We could turn on any news station and see exactly what was happening, where this storm was predicted to go, and what damage had already occurred in its path. New technology has provided us with more knowledge and life-saving insight then we've ever had before!
When we shift our view from hurricanes to our careers, however, can we say the same thing? There are certainly great technology resources, like LinkedIn, that help us with our careers. Yet, how often do we use technology as a distraction instead of as a tool?
It seems that we have forgotten the art of reflection. We have steered away from finding quiet time and space to listen to the whisper from God of how we can best use the talents and gifts He planted within us at birth. As Pope Benedict XVI said, “In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves.”
We are afraid of the silence, but it is in the silence that we find our peace. It is in the silence that we gain our own perspective on our career path. It is in the manual, thoughtful process that we plot where we are and look at where we want to go.
As you look at your own life over the past few months, how often have you allowed yourself to be distracted by technology instead of pursuing your career dreams? What one step can you commit to today that will create silent reflection for you to gain clarity on your journey?