Follow Your Bliss

December 11, 2008

Quote of the Week

“If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track, which has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.”
— Joseph Campbell: was a mythology professor, writer, and lecture

If life always seems to be a struggle, it may be that you not following your bliss. Happiness and a sense of fulfillment can only be achieved when “the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.”


Not the one you think you ought to be living.

Not the one someone else thinks you should be living.

Not the one that you think you need to live to provide “enough” money.


Too many people settle for something less than what they desire and do so for a variety of reasons: lack of confidence, low self-esteem, expedience, societal pressure, peer or parental pressure to name only a few.  


To follow your bliss you must first identify what it is that you would truly like to be doing. Then, do it. Campbell believed that we were unlikely to achieve success or happiness pursuing anything less than our bliss. When we live the life we ought to be living, we approach each day with energy, enthusiasm and confidence. With that attitude, how can we not succeed?


If you love serving others, solving problems and looking at houses, be a real estate agent. If you love to write, be writer. If you love working with animals, be a pet groomer. If you love watching movies, open a video store. Find your bliss and follow it – great advice from a great teacher – Joseph Campbell.

An Infinity of Choices

December 6, 2008

Quote of the Week

“You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment or our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.” – Deepak Chopra

In order to live the lives we dream, we must remember what Deepak is telling us. Our tendency is to imagine ourselves living within a narrow range of options dictated by current capabilities, outside influences and the momentum of our recent trajectory.

Our achievements are limited only by our belief that we have limitations, that we are condemned to a narrow field of possibilities. It requires a conscious expansion of awareness to realize that we have the power to choose from “an infinity of choices” every moment of every day.

To access this awareness we must we willing to let go of the security of the status quo, to take responsibility for past choices, be willing to fail and be willing to succeed.

That may sound like a tall order, but it can all be accomplished by focusing on our vision and politely telling that little voice of fear and doubt to (in the words of my British agent, Angela) bugger off.