sometimes a gift is not something you get, but something you let go of

The quote by Campbell below reflects the burden that was lifted from me  (and continues to lift as I accept and sit with and evolve in my practice), especially since I come from that “other worldly” focus of a fundamentalist Christian background.  Nietzche’s ideas were one of the first to influence this change in thinking, way back in college. Movement towards being in the now and accepting. Not a preconceived expectation. Bringing compassion into that moment . . .
Nietzche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called “the love of your fate.” Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, “This is what I need.” It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment — not discouragement — you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.

American mythologist, writer & philosopher Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987)

2 Responses to “sometimes a gift is not something you get, but something you let go of”

  1. December 25, 2008 at 3:20 am

    Thanks for sharing this really wonderful truth, a perspective shift which many could benefit from. And great post on Dukkha. Ahhhh, the wonderful dukkha.

  2. 2 Uku
    December 26, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Like some old Zen Master said wisely “Shit happens”.

    Thank you for your great post!

    With palms together,

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