Friday, December 15, 2006

'The life that is waiting for us'

On the spine of the January issue of Real Simple magazine, devoted to "life made easier," the following: "We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. --Joseph Campbell."

Is this the Joseph Campbell, the famous scholar of the history of mythology? IDK. No source or explanation given. If you've never read it, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), by Campbell, is a great book--on the archetype of hero in world mythology.

Anyhow, despite the source of the above aphorism, on the spine of a mass-market magazine, from an editor who probably found it in a book of quotations on something or other, I think that will be my motto for the next several months, well into the new year. It is the most apt description I've ever read of my own life--like looking in a mirror.

"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."

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