A Soul Chat About Doing What You Love to Do: Leslye Leaves Google
Recently, I was helping someone try to find what they love to do. We were having a soul chat. “Leslye” had left a prominent position at Google. The title seemed right on the external– that is, it seemed right to society.
But it didn’t seem right on the inside, with her heart. Still, she questioned leaving. She put herself through such mental anguish. When truly what her soul was saying is, “This isn’t right.” We have to listen.
This was at a spiritual gathering, so I gave her some verses to study and think about deeply in her heart. Wisdom from spiritual practices help us connect with our own heart, our conscience, and our place in the world. Here is one I gave her:
“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. – Eugene Peterson, The Message
How amazing is that, if there is a universe of good, watching out for us. A spiritual power taking care. It’s important we hook into something much more meaningful that just the importance of our day to day. We need to be inspired that our lives are part of a greater plan, whether that is nature, the universe, or any type of spirituality.
As we encourage one another, we can make a difference. From Leslye:
“Thanks for your thoughtful response! I really appreciated the list of verses. The theme of having a plan has been a helpful reminder to continue to [have] faith and not let anxiety win.”
“And not let anxiety win.”
That is so important that we don’t let anxiety win. That’s not part of the package we were born with. We are born to be vibrant contributors to the world, filled with life, positivity, and a unique footprint.
Leslye’s doing great. But then Leslye questioned again. But she still didn’t want to go back to Google. She felt stuck.
So I shared:
“Remember, you left for a reason. Something wasn’t sitting right with your soul. We really, as living a life truly alive, can’t ignore it. You can come be present with me. I understand and you won’t feel “so weird.” I get it! :)”
We all need people we can be with on our unique pathway. So if you are forging out and doing something different, find some likeminded innovative thinkers. It’s a tender stage. Why is it so hard? As Leslye states:
“We often don’t see all of the challenges and rough patches that lead to the external successes; I was especially encouraged by examples of all the times you persevered through hardship. Similar to your experience of hopping, I’ve gone through three jobs in 4 years. I find myself often beating myself up for leaving Google, but I found comfort in your advice to keep going and keep trying — to view things that don’t work out as lessons and steps toward finding something that fits. The post on Personal Happiness (quote from J.K. Rowling) also resonated with me. One of the things I struggle with and find hard in a place like Silicon Valley is distinguishing between my achievements/resume and identity. I aspire to develop a greater focus on my qualities and how I can help others, rather than my resume”
–Leslye, regarding the piece “Rough”
Wow! What lessons we can learn from Leslye. You, and she, were given gifts to utilize. You’re not supposed to bury it. So keep working on your talents.. the universe wants that. The universe is not looking at your resume!
Thanks again for your inspiration Leslye. We are cheering you on to realizing your gifts in life!