Neither the hair shirt nor the soft berth will do. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.from Frederick Buechner's Wishful Thinking. I'm in the midst of reading Parker Palmer's book on vocation - Let your Life Speak (if anyone reading this has my copy - I'd like it back - or at least to know where it is - I've just borrowed someone else's). He writes this:
Vocation does not come from wilfullness. It comes from listening. I must listen to my life and try to understand what it is truly about - or my life will never represent anything real in the world, no matter how earnest my intentions.