We wake up, we go through the tasks and projects, we succeed, and yes, we fail, too. Sometimes it seems that the circle of life has lost its luster. You don’t want to go on and proceed. You just want to be left alone.
I can assure you, it is OK to be left alone. It is OK to stop and breath in deeply and with emotion. But you must pick yourself up and move on, and leave that “be-left-alone” dark pit behind you.
When you find yourself in a place like that, it takes inner courage and discipline to know what is the right way to do. And yes, it would be so great to have a huge support team cheering you up and helping you through the darkest moments in life.
When you don’t have one or another, do know you are not alone in this world.
Here’s a legend that is a beautiful metaphor of what our dreams are capable of. And what can become of our dreams if we don’t find strength and stubornness to go through a hard task. Like swimming through a treacherous storm.
I would love to inspire each one of you to start your week with a strong and vital knowing that you Can Do. Whatever your dreams are, stay on your path. Even if you step aside, do know that the path is right next to you. It never abandoned you. It’s waiting for you to be stepped on and continue your Hero Quest of your life.
Leander loved Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite. He swam across the Helepont (Dardanelles) nightly to make love to her. He was guided by the light she lit for him atop the seaside tower she lived in. Then, one night, a treacherous storm arose while he was swimming to be with her. The wind blew out the light. He lost his way, and, buffeted by the storms, drowned. Hero was distraught, but could do nothing to change her cruel fate.
The journey to be merged with your Hero is oft this way. To be one with your Hero, to accomplish the perilous task of a true Hero, to live out-loud the boldest of your dreams, you must make a daily, perilous journey. And when the powerful winds of difficulty beset, it is predictable that your guiding light will be extinguished, without intention, in spite of great care. It is then that your Hero quest is most perilous. Only an inner compass, and a strong memory of Hero’s light in the tower, will get the Hero-questor back to his ardent love.
There is always this risk. It will happen. Will the Hero-lover be prepared? Will the questor survive? Only fate knows for sure. But is not the greatest challenge of every Hero-worshipper to cheat fate?
In the end, if the Hero-questor drowns, Hero must also bear the burden of the crushing defeat. She, alone, will feel the pain, and bear the burden of her lover’s eternal absence.
It is a selfish thing to be lost in the storm… to miss living your truest dreams… to fail in your quest to be a hero. Selfish and cruel.
To pick up your “lost” path, find confidence within and step on your daily hero questor’s lane. And do it again tomorrow. May that small piece of knowledge that you can swim across a horrible storm and reach the shores be your anchor and guiding light through anything unpredictable.
Celebrate Your Hero Quest Today!