Sunday, August 1, 2010

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell

I came upon this quote while 'stumbling upon' the internet Friday night/Saturday morning sometime after midnight, and immediately changed my facebook status to reflect it. It got a lot of likes, and at least one friend stole it and re-posted (Awesome Zerro!) And it got me thinking that perhaps more of you might need a dose of this wisdom. Not all my followers are facebook friends, after all.

As much as I love this quote from the famous American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. I must admit that the first time I heard him speak and heard of him was on the extra selections of one of the Star Wars movies. (I know, the Spock side of me is quite ashamed, while the geek side of me is quite proud.....wait a minute....are those the same sides? oh well)

George Lucas goes into great detail on how Joseph Campbell's writing had effected his story telling overall, but especially in Star Wars. And while I am glad I got to know this writer, I wish I would have heard of him earlier...better late then never, I suppose.

As I sit here, drinking my morning coffee, I realize that the only reason that I know this quote is so true is my uncanny ability at 20/20 hindsight. I'm sure you all have it too, and you know exactly what I'm talking about.

So with that in mind, how in the heck am I ever suppose to put this wonderful wisdom to practical use in my present life, to obviously positively effect my life? I guess we all know the answer to that one. I can't. The true wisdom of this quote is that you have to be conscientiously aware, at all times, of what the universe is placing on your table. And be brave enough, and sure enough of yourself to take it.

With that in mind, everything should work out. Wow is that easier said than done! but as Hemingway said in The Sun Also Rises......"Isn't it pretty to think so...."

1 comment:

  1. This is nice. I like your style. :)