I had an interesting conversation with a priest at lunch today—no, it wasn’t over confession, but over spaghetti, chicken, iced tea and coffee. Over coffee (tea for me), he asked me straight out: “so what do you plan to do with your life, Ted?”; he asked it as if I hadn’t been doing anything with my life for the past several decades.
It didn’t offend me, it actually got me thinking.
Right now, I’m holding down the equivalent of five (5) full-time jobs: a partner at a law firm, a full-time coordinator position with a lawyers’ non-government organization, a full-time faculty position at U.P., a directorship at its Legal Aid Clinic and branch leadership of a Catholic community for single professionals. Despite all these, I sometimes feel that I’m not doing much with my life—don’t know if this makes sense but this feeling does come over me sometimes—and that perhaps I should be doing more. That was why the question, “so what do you plan to do with your life?” hit home earlier.
I’m still thinking about it. I don’t really know what the answer is; I don’t know if I’d like the answer. Whatever the answer is, I pray that God will be at the center. I pray for the grace to be able to know His plans for me and the added grace of being able to act on His plans for me.