I believe that life is perpetual discernment. I am coming to believe that I will never fully know who I am called to be for the rest of my life. Rather, I hope that I will be able to discern through conversation, prayer, dwelling and introspection who I am now and might be in the process of becoming and being called to be. There is then a constancy of discernment in life.
I am not saying that this is discernment like having to pick out what to wear each day of life, though this is true. But I mean discernment on more of an adaptive level (to borrow the language of Heifetz and Linsky). I am talking about discernment about: what are my passions? Am I growing in what I am doing, or have I hit a plateau? For me at least, the ability to grow, be empowered, fulfilled and be enriched is just as important if not more important than the amount of a paycheck. This hits at the discernment piece.
The question of “who am I?” will not change. But the potential answers and the richness of those answers will change given life experience and life situation.
What do you think? What have your own discernment experiences been, or better, how is your perpetual discernment going now?