See What Happens When I am Alone Too Much?

One of the things living alone affords you is the time to sit and ponder where you have been in your life, what roads were taken, which ones were missed, and start to think about who you are as a person and where you want to go in the remaining years you have. Bad experiences, though hard, shape who we have become, for better or for worse. We can change how we react to them, but I am a firm believer that we cannot change who we are at our core. We can alter how we present ourselves to others, but that’s a slippery slope. I present myself how I am, as long time followers of the blog and the podcast know, warts and all. I don’t like hiding who I am and what my faults are. I am very honest about them to people, so when those faults rear their heads, they cannot honestly say they are surprised.

What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else. ~ Joseph Campbell

Being yourself is the easiest thing in the world. It makes me crazy when I hear that people are trying to learn how to be themselves. That’s nuts. You shouldn’t have to try to be who you are. If you’re trying to be something, it’s not who you are really is it? What you’re trying to be is what you WANT to be, but the reality is that eventually the real you is going to emerge. Sometimes we have to hit bottom to realize these things.

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. ~ Joseph Campbell

The hard lesson in life is that you are here to serve others, not yourself. Being self centered, only thinking about what is good for YOU regardless of how it affects others is not the best way to live, though the bookshelves are lined with “self-help” doctrines on doing just that right? I am not talking about serving others to the detriment of you though. If you have lived your whole life and the only purpose you have really had is to make money, and grow your own name, and have never given back to others, than you have a damaged soul. Your job may be to serve others (doctors, firemen, police, social workers, etc.), but if it is not, then you give money or time to others to help them.

I think the person who takes a job in order to live Рthat is to say, for the money Рhas turned himself into a slave. When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness. ~ Joseph Campbell

I am also not talking about religion. Religion is another slippery slope. I have found that most people who identify themselves as Christians, for example, really show no charity to others. Take a look at the political drama right now. Lots of hate being thrown around from so called “Christians” right? Intolerance of others. No charity for those less fortunate than you are. And then we wonder why we have troubles in the world. It is not that we have lost “God”. It’s that we have changed the words of God into something hateful. I am not a religious person, but if there is a God, there’s gonna be a lot of people trying to explain a lot of things they have done and said in their life. Me included.

Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble. ~ Joseph Campbell

I state that I am not a religious person, but in that I mean I have a hard time trusting in organized religious thought. There is WAY too much hypocrite for my taste. mega Churches like those of Joel Osteen don’t sit right with me, flying around in private jets, living in mansions. I am pretty sure Jesus would not look favorably on someone leading his flock from a lofty golden perch. What I DO believe is that we are all connected in some way, though the Earth, our common ancestry, our experiences. We have lost our way be not recognizing that we, as human beings, are all the same. It doesn’t matter what country we were born in, what language we speak, what color our skin is … we are all the same, and the unwillingness to accept that fact by a great majority of this country, and a great majority of the world, is our own doom. Not to make light of that fact, the best example of this is Star Trek. It shows a future where everyone works together, lives together, have one goal and purpose. People from other cultures, and other planets, coincide in harmony. This was the bottom line lesson in that show. A hope for the future.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. ~ Joseph Campbell

The net net is that the world is a mess, but the truth is that the world has ALWAYS been a mess and there is nothing you nor I can do to change that fact. It was a mess in 2000 BCE and it is a mess in 2016 CE. There have always been tyrants, and there always will be tyrants. People have been killed in the name of their God and God will be the reason for killing well beyond our years here on this planet. There will always be “bad people” in the world, so it our place to not sit idly while they try to take over, and give voice to the unwashed among us. It is our role to call it out when we see it. We may not change the outcome, and we probably will lose people from our lives who disagree with it, but we can rise above the chaos personally.

What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else. ~ Joseph Campbell

See what happens when I am alone for too long??

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