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Nietzche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called “the love of your fate.” Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, “This is what I need.” It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment — not discouragement — you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.

Then when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.

American mythologist, writer & philosopher

Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987)
Gotta love that Nietzche.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bran
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 17:02:16

    life has been a train wreck for me for some time; but i like this. going at it like an opportunity or challenge. things do get better. (and worse; and better; and worse.) 🙂


  2. lilikaofthelake
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 17:17:50

    now if we can only learn to control our breath like the Tibetan Monks – perhaps we could control the fabric of our realities…in and out and better just better…I love that saying that all sunshine makes a desert – but I think this guy wrote that before Greenhouses and bio-dynamic controls of the environment and solar energy.
    I feel the cobwebs moving – its errie.


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