After she realized the legal profession was a not a good match for her, in fact that she'd rather be shot than spend the rest of her life practicing law, Deborah Smith Douglas walked away from that career and turned more attention to her spiritual journey. A longtime resident of Santa Fe, she has written The Praying Life and coauthored with her husband Pilgrims in the Kingdom.
To learn more about her decision to shift away from the law, listen to this interview by Judy Alexander from University of California at Irvine. Douglas talks about how one of the steps towards her current vocation came from her love of poetry; she studied Gerard Manley Hopkins and doing so lead her to the Jesuit way of praying. Balance in life was part of what drew her to the Rule of Saint Benedict and she contrasts balance with what she learned as a lawyer. Douglas also describes the importance and inspiration fiction* has been for her, and about trusting one's "uh oh feelings." Teachings come to her from unexpected places and activities in life; she tells us about wisdom that came from a homeless man at Denny's in Kansas. The many gems in this interview also include her ideas about the value of gratitude, of looking back to find life's lessons in retrospect, and of what she learned from the law that she now uses in her work.
Click now to listen to this uplifting and motivating interview.
*Click for Douglas's essay "Saved by Fiction" (The Christian Century).