This weekend I’ve been road tripping with my family around Lexington and Paris, Kentucky, reconnecting with our Bourbon County roots here. It’s been nice to see family we haven’t seen in decades and hear those tales that can only surface when present in a particular place. It’s very good to be reminded of where we’re from from time to time.
As Joseph Campbell tells us, “You are the hero of your own story,” and every good hero needs a good origin story. Han Solo, Wonder Woman and Black Panther all had their own background narratives that set the stage for what they were to become- a unique lineage and set of circumstances that helped shape their special set of super powers and unique mission in the world.
What’s your origin story? Do you still feel connected to the soil that nourished your roots and helped you grow into the hero of your own life that you are today? If not, what’s one small step that might help you zoom out and remember the grander narrative this week?
READ: One of the most potent and heavily-underlined books in my library isReflections on The Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion. It’s a wonderful collection of stories, lectures, and excerpts from Campbell’s writing that distills much of his life’s work into an essential form. It gets right to the heart of what matters:
“The only way you can talk about this great tide in which you’re a participant is as Schopenhauer did: the universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too.”
WATCH: Here’s a delightful little animated presentation of Campbell’s monomyth (AKA The Hero’s Journey) concept from Matthew Winkler and TED-Ed.
LISTEN: Totally incidentally, I dug in the crates this week and revisited an old favorite of mine, mythologically-named artist, Daedalus. Often forgotten is the fact that while his son Icarus flew too close to the Sun, Daedalus actually got away from the maze unscathed thanks to his ingenuity and moderation.
Make this week magnificent!