The Hero’s Journey (On Living in the World)

February 26, 2010 | filed under consider this, inspiring, rewritable words | 4 Comments 

By Joseph Campbell

Hero's Journey

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
What you have to do, you do with play.
Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be.

Being alive is the meaning.

The warrior’s approach is to say “yes” to life: “Yea” to it all.

Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world.
We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.
When we talk about settling the world’s problems, We’re barking up the wrong tree.
The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess.

We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

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“Nothing is for Nothing”

December 27, 2009 | filed under inspiring, moment of truth, watch this | 6 Comments 

Jill Scott – “Nothing is for Nothing”

There’s purpose in every bit of the journey. You just have to find it. Facing the pain of the past can be quite a challenge, one that I’m handling right now. Yet I face this pain courageously, knowing that once I’m past it, I’m past it. A firm believer in ‘everything happens for a reason’, my days are filled with creating meaning. Why did this happen? What was this person’s thought process? How can I use this experience to help myself or others?

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Imaginary drama and the art of positive possibility

July 17, 2009 | filed under consider this, inspiring, rewritable words | 3 Comments 

While worth its weight in gold, the smile will actually make you feel lighter.

“Find the good. Be inspired.” That’s the tag of this blog and the direction I’m headed in. So why do I often times think of worst case scenarios? Not the average “this could happen, and then that would happen,” internally narrated scenarios. No. I go so far as to think of actual conversations. I determine what someone would say to me and, accordingly, what I–with all my fervor and fury–would say back to them.

At times, it’d get out of hand because I’d really get worked up about it. Then, I started checking myself with a gentle reminder that none of this has actually manifested, but that getting so worked up that my emotional state changes could possibly prompt other contentious situations. The calm would return and life would continue as it was–in reality.

The trigger is usually something small and relatively unimportant, but it’d turn into a big dramatic scene in my head. Why? Because I would anticipate the worst. Go for whatever hair-raising scenario I could create and mentally strike back. This tactic is so completely counterproductive to my proclaimed philosophy.

“Find the good. Be inspired.” is essentially about the art of positive possibility in creating meaning. Read more