The late great mythologist Joseph Campbell spoke of a concept he described as following your bliss. Campbell had recognized a pattern in myths from around the world that he outlined in a functional path he termed “The Hero’s Journey.”
This pattern is seen in most great stories throughout time and culture. Filmmaker George Lucas drew upon his love of this concept in creating Star Wars.
The key is this. The hero in the story – your story – is you. We’re all on the hero’s journey. It’s not an experience reserved for the few. It’s the very essence of why each and every one of us is here.
You often hear elements of the story when people who “hit it big” describe the tale of how it happened. Here survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst describes how he willed himself to host this wild new show concept – Survivor. His story has many of the classic elements. He even mentions the Campbell-like aspects of his journey.
In case no one else reminds you today, you are awesome!
Words have power. They have been influencing you all your life. Some words push incremental change. Others splash cold water on your face with their truth and clarity. Here are some #Rayquotes that I hope will inspire you to think more deeply and see another perspective.
I’d love to hear if any of them resonated with you below in the comments.
Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!
We have a beautiful Spring day here in northeast Kansas today. Yesterday we had howling winds and sideways rain. Today we have the gentle healing of blue skies, puffy clouds, and a persistent sun. The video below provides a visual of this start and definitive change. The same three appears in both parts of the video.
Our lives are very much like the weather. I know that’s novel insight, but it’s stark how quickly weather shifts and how quickly the fortunes of our lives do too.
Two months ago life was cruising along as normal. We weren’t forced to think beyond our mundane routine and often we didn’t. Then the Coronavirus and COVID-19 and now the threat of economic challenge have forced out of that comfort zone and into new paradigms that will linger for years or decades.
It all seems very dark at the moment – don’t buy all the dystopia. We do have choices in the matter. The skies have seemed dark for many these past two months, but I’m here to promise you the sun will come out again because our lives; they are very much like the weather.
One day you can experience a hellish storm and the next day blessings of a new life and new hope carried on the wind. That sunny day is coming for all of us again. Stay focused on what you can do and what you can control.
As the late great Wayne Dyer once explained, “There is ain’t no use in worrying. There’s no use in worrying about things you can’t control because you have no control over them. There’s no use worrying about things you can control because you will take care of them.”
Everything happening right now will get handled. Life will return to something like the normal we knew before, only with profound new opportunities to remake the world into our highest vision of what it can be and of what we can be.
Stay strong. Stay safe. Stay inspired.
Just in case no one has told you today, you ARE awesome!