This weekend while cooking up a storm, I binge-listened to Elizabeth Gilbert's Magic Lessons podcast.
The premise? Elizabeth speaks with creative women (artists, entrepreneurs, photographers, writers, etc.) who are currently feeling stuck. She then offers coaching, suggestions, and encouragement.
Missy's story featured in episode #3 really touched me. Before I knew it, tears were rolling down my cheeks as I stirred a big wooden spoon in my pot of coconut curry.
In the above episode, Missy describes how her true joy is writing but her energy is deflated by her uninspiring job in a call center. It's heart wrenching as I reflect upon how many people are experiencing soul sucking work environments. (I've TOTALLY been there myself.)
The twist of this podcast is that for a second opinion, Elizabeth phones one of her friends who has experienced the particular challenge the interviewee is working through.
(All of her friends happen to be famous, wise, and smart because DUH she's Elizabeth Gilbert. )
In Missy's case, her story was discussed with author and pastor, Rob Bell in episode #4.
Rob had some incredible feedback for Missy's situation ... what stuck with me the most is that he encouraged her to approach her call-center work with curiosity and wonder ... even if it is the most miserable job in the world.
Because if she does this he had no doubt that she will not be in that job forever.
To wrap up the conversation, Elizabeth calls Missy a few weeks later.
Turns out her energy has completely shifted. Have a listen!
(In episode #11, Missy's story starts at the 12:30 mark. )
I keep thinking about how she says:
"I don't want to live in black, white, or gray. I want to live in full COLOR!"
I plan on revisiting this episode the next time I am feeling stuck.
If you're up for it, I invite you to do the same!
If you're feeling uninspired and unmotivated, maybe it's time to take a new commitment to approaching the world with sparkling eyes and curiosity.
The colors are there ... they're just waiting for you to notice them.