Joseph Campbell

"You are the Hero of your own Story"

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“Be in love with your life”


On Falling and Flying

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Where the Magic Happens
We know we get confidence from trying things we haven’t tried before – but why? Some say it’s because when we are outside our comfort zone, we are falling. There’s nothing familiar to latch onto or associate with. But the beauty is in how we are giving ourselves the opportunity to fly.

“Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.”
– Ray Bradbury

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”
– C. Joybell C.

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the things you think you cannot do.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt 


Kurt Vonnegut – Requiem

The crucified planet Earth,
should it find a voice
and a sense of irony,
might now well say
of our abuse of it,
“Forgive them, Father,
They know not what they do.”

The irony would be
that we know what
we are doing.

When the last living thing
has died on account of us,
how poetical it would be
if Earth could say,
in a voice floating up
perhaps
from the floor
of the Grand Canyon,
“It is done.”
People did not like it here.

– Kurt Vonnegut


Rumi

“And still, after all this time,
the Sun has never said to the Earth,
‘You owe me.’
Look what happens with love like that.
It lights up the sky.”


Rumi

“Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript of a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face.
The universe is not outside of you.
Look inside yourself;
everything you want,
you are already that.”


Imam Ali

“Be like the flower that gives its fragrance
to even the hand that crushes it.”