Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic selfhood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks -- we will also find our path of authentic service in the world. True vocation joins self and service, as Frederick Buechner asserts when he defines vocation as "the place where your deep gladness meets the world's deep need."
The ancient Tao Te Ching says, "In work, do what you enjoy . . . When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you." And "Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work then step back. The only path to serenity."