We all have challenges in our lives, but what we do with them is up to us. When recently I found myself in an emotional turmoil, I wanted to understand right away what opportunities lay in what I was going through. And I was astounded to discover the answer: plenty!
I did many things to rise above my emotions (I love the eagle rising above the storm clouds metaphor, which I write about here) until I found myself reading out Joseph Campbell’s beautiful text about opportunities on the beach. In it, he says:
‘As you proceed through life, following your own path, birds will shit on you.
Don’t bother to brush it off.
Getting a comedic view of your situation gives you spiritual distance.
Having a sense of humour saves you.’
I cracked up and laughed… letting my laughter echo and vanish in the wind… and suddenly I began experiencing such admiration and awe for life: my challenges were a blessing in disguise.
Wanting to suddenly record what I was feeling, I grabbed my iPad, switched on the dictaphone, and read Joseph Campbell’s powerful words wholeheartedly out loud, letting each and every sound resonate within my body and soul.
Here is a one minute long recording (and yes, my back up vocals – a tropical ocean!).
‘We are not there
until we can say
‘Yea’ to it all’.