The cricket won’t stop chirping. In the crisp autumn air, sweet with the scent of dew, I stop to listen to the beauty of nature. But, I can’t hear it. The cricket won’t stop chirping. I see the tree branches swaying and long to hear the melodic sound the maple leaves make as they hurry past each other in the wind, only to hurry back again, in a never ending cascade of sound. But I can’t. The cricket won’t stop chirping. The gentle plink of dew droplets, slowly tumbling to the ground, thankful for anything that slowed their descent. But I can’t. The cricket won’t stop chirping. Hundreds of birds have passed by, each on its own mission, yet flying together in a synchronized wave, music choreographed in the sky. A few yards away, the gentle ripple of the river, restlessly fighting with the rocks that have refused to budge in haste. I want to listen to the beauty of nature around me, but I can’t. The cricket won’t stop chirping.
It may well be that what you are looking for is the very thing standing right in front of you. Does that mean that I stop searching for career number 4? No. But neither will I dismiss the validity of the “influence” that I can have in the various roles I embody on a daily basis. Thank you for being my tree branches, maple leaves, rain drops, and birds in the sky.
Career number 4 should be focused on my community.