Saturday, February 7, 2009

Follow Your Bliss...................

Well I’m just too lazy today to hit the Lake Ontario tribs. I would rather just wait for the Lake Erie tribs to thaw which is a distinct possibility over the next few days. I will welcome an opportunity to breath in some fresh air by the side of a flow. And there and only there will I find a little happiness. I have been thinking a lot lately about what the late Joseph Campbell stated about following ones bliss.

Follow your bliss.

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 you ought to be living is the one you are living.

When you can see that,
you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss,

and they open the doors to you.

I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,

and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.

If you follow your bliss,

doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.

I have been reflecting on these words lately with hopes to apply them to my everyday existence. What makes me happy? Well we know that the pursuit of fish is definitely up there for me.
What makes you happy?
What is it about fishing the makes you happy or anything else that makes life worth living? These are things to ponder for us all.

Here is to you Mr. Campbell and now back to the coffee.

Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904October 30, 1987) was an American mythologist, writer, and lecturer best known for his work in the fields of comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast and covers many aspects of the human experience, and his philosophy is often identified with the phrase he coined: "Follow Your Bliss".

1 comment:

  1. I love Joseph Campbell. I'd have to say that reading The Hero With A Thousand Faces was a formative experience for me. But it's been a while since I read or re-read any of his work. Thanks for the review :)