"If you're going to have a story, have a big story." -- Joseph Campbell

Who is Joseph Campbell, you ask? He was a professor, a presenter, a writer, and he believed strongly in "following your bliss."

If you have found your purpose in life and experience a feeling of deep joy -- doesn't have to be every minute of every day -- you are following your bliss. Congratulations. But, for the rest of us, life and work may not seem quite so blissful and a lot more stressful and just plain hard sometimes.

Would you like to feel more joy in your life? Joseph will help you find your this special joy -- both at work and in life -- with 17 things he strongly believed in.

1. "Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."

2. "Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging."

3. "The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."

4. "Follow your bliss and don't be afraid."

5. "Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again."

6. "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."

7. "Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold."

8. "Your life is the fruit of your own doing; you have no one to blame but yourself."

9. "Participate joyfully in the sorrows of life."

10. "We can choose to live in joy."

11. "The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure."

12. "One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that."

13. "When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness."

14. "Love is perfect kindness."

15. "There is perhaps nothing worse than reaching the top of the ladder and discovering that you're on the wrong wall."

16. "Suddenly you're ripped into being alive. And life is pain, and life is suffering, and life is horror but my God you're alive and it's spectacular." 

17. "We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about."

Published on: Oct 15, 2018
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