Job…Career…Calling!! Happy Youth Day!!

January, 2020

Hi Folks

Recently I heard a young techie challenge her colleagues – Is your profession a Job, a Career or a Calling ? Job and career need no explanation but what is Calling ? It is something that you pursue with a passion, with a zeal, with your entire being. More often than not, the calling comes from within and when it comes, there is no looking back. No age bar. No barriers of gender, geography, ethnicity or financial resources. This urge to do something, the desire to give back something, the will to pursue something manifests as a limitless energy, propelling you to achieve extraordinary things. The calling comes unannounced. One must be conscious and aware of it. From Swami Vivekananda who strived for Nation Building through the Youth to my Nephew who is making great strides in a top US university in Data Science and AI, despite odds (refer 203rd issue of Samhita for what I wrote back then) to Mrs. Lakshmi Kalyanasundaram, a 91 year young teacher who has been teaching English to spastic children since the age of 67 – for all 3 of them, it is their Calling. Nothing else can explain what they have done or what they are doing. Age, circumstances, finances or the times they were born in, haven’t mattered. Calling is timeless and ageless. As we begin the new decade of 2020, Find your calling, Find life !

In my opinion this should be the true Calling of all of us – Parents, Children, Teachers, Educational Institutions, Corporates, Society – then and only then the world will be a better place to live in ! As Franklin Roosevelt said, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

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