"Follow your Bliss" revisited.
Joseph Campbell didn't say, "Go find your bliss". He didn't say, "Do the things that give you bliss". Neither did he say, "Pursue a vocation that gives you bliss". He didn't even say, "Follow your path of bliss".
He simply said, "Follow your Bliss".
I was reminded of this whilst reading a passage from Derek Siver's book "Anything You Want" (http://goo.gl/qKvX1) at my local café an hour or so ago. Here it is...
"No “yes.” Either “HELL YEAH!” or “no.” ……
When deciding whether to do something, if you feel anything less than “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!”—then say “no.” When you say “no” to most things, you leave room in your life to throw yourself completely into that rare thing that makes you say “HELL YEAH!” Every event you get invited to. Every request to start a new project. If you're not saying “HELL YEAH!” about it, say “no.” We're all busy. We've all taken on too much. Saying yes to less is the way out. “
This is what is so hard for our 'little me' minds to accept: Bliss is not a path, or a vocation, or a destination of an kind... it is a Compass!
There is no path. The path is what we see if we happen to look back over our shoulder whilst following our bliss... but you are not going to see that path in front of you. And another thing: When you follow you bliss, the things that light our fire are quite likely to morph into other things, just as quickly as we learn whatever it is they have to teach us, and then accept their gift.
So here's the thing: The feeling of "Hell Yeah" IS our Bliss. And we are free, if we so choose, to follow that feeling... trusting that it knows its own perfect way. What's more, that feeling is always present. It's just that we've pretty damn good at suppressing it.... or, perhaps more accurately, we hear only those who have got good at supressing it, which is virtually all of us.
We really don't have to do that anymore. :)
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