My cousin, Chris Evans, is a big Joseph Campbell fan, and even though I bought one of Campbell’s books, I had never made the time to delve into it. But, when I saw a message on a positive psychology listserv about a new movie about Joseph Campbell’s work titled, Finding Joe, I knew that I had to buy it. Campbell’s phrase of “Follow your bliss” was one that I wanted to explore more. Last night Steve and I sat down and watched the 80-minute long Finding Joe and I loved it. The movie involves a lot of modern day philosophers, writers, and entertainers discussing the impact of Joseph Campbell’s work on their lives. One of Campbell’s concepts that discussed in the movie is “The Hero’s Journey” which has three parts: separation, initiation, and return. We all have the opportunity to become heroes by fighting the dragons and insecurities that we all feel as we face life’s challenges. Life truly is an adventure and Campbell says, “The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” One of our family traditions when we travel with our grandkids, Cody and Kaitlyn, is to always say, “The adventure continues.” And, just like each of our vacations is unique, each of our lives is unique. “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path.” We each have to make our own path, slay our own inner demons, and tell our stories to help others learn from our mistakes as well as our triumphs.
In closing, I want to end with a few other Joseph Campbell quotes that resonated with me. Best wishes on your own hero’s journey. May the force be with you !!
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Joseph Campbell
“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.” ― Joseph Campbell
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” ― Joseph Campbell
“A bit of advice Given to a young Native American At the time of his initiation: As you go the way of life, You will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.” ― Joseph Campbell
“We save the world by being alive ourselves.” ― Joseph Campbell
“I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I've never met an ordinary man, woman or child.” ― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth