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We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.   Joseph Campbell.  (1938-1987)


The following watercolour sequence is about – spontaneity and letting go. 


An American mythologist, writer and lecturer, Joseph Campbell’s works cover the elemental aspects of the human experience. 


I have enjoyed his books, particularly ‘The Hero’s Journey’


When I need a dose of courage….I read Joseph Campbell. 


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The path.

‘If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your own path.    Your own path you make with every step you take.’     Joseph Campbell. 


When I was younger, I believed that if I took certain actions…made a phone call, wrote a letter, had a conversation,…that it would lead to what I expected. 

Then, when I was about forty, I heard these wise words. 

‘None of us is ever creative enough to know how life will actually work out…’

I began to understand that if I stopped worrying about the future and having concerns about the past, my pathway was freed up to unfurl in a more natural manner.    


Experience showed me time and time again, that just as I thought I had my life organised, or the way I thought it should be….someone or some place would suddenly appear on the near horizon.    Choices, which beforehand had not even existed for me suddenly arose, pointing to possible new directions. 


Before I understood the significance of this, I ignored a lot of the sign posts.     

Many common sayings encourage this mode of thinking –  ‘Better the Devil you know…….’   ‘Don’t rock the boat’ etc.

However when I realised how everything is interconnected, I began to take notice of new signs, and consequently began to follow my chosen path. 



This is not always easy, and much courage is often required.     However, once the choice is made to be open to all the possibilities, the rewards  are great. 


Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend. 


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