Week 17A – The Hero’s Journey

For anyone new reading this: What is the Hero’s Journey?  I can try to explain with an example of some kind like the first Star Wars movie where you have Luke Skywalker who is an average guy farming on a remote quiet planet.  Through the movie he gets challenged to take on the Dark Side, he has helpers like Han Solo, and the robots C-3P0 and R2D2, he also has mentors like Obi One and Yoda.  Luke becomes a “Hero” in the movie.

So what does that have to do with us?

I don’t think of myself as a Hero, and on the news you hear of average people doing something courageous and save a life and are called “Hero’s”

The Hero’s Journey…  from the dictionary : a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. 

So if I (We, man or woman), have some noble qualities, and achieve something outstanding that takes courage we could consider ourselves as “Hero’s”

Unknown-150x150The “Hero’s Journey” as in the picture here shows the known and unknown and goes around in a clockwise direction.  My known is my everyday life, get up, goto work, come home, do my home stuff like with family and other chores, goto bed, and do it again, a cycle driven by the clock.  Familiar!

Now the “Unfamiliar” where I don’t know what is going to happen, and I may be reluctant or hesitant to do something i’m not comfortable with, but if i have some courage, some helpers and mentors this can be a little easier.  At the bottom you see the Abyss!  The Abyss is where everything is against you and you feel like giving up, but if you make it past that, you get “transformed” and come out with a new outcome.

We can all be “Hero’s” in our own life.

Example (put yourself here):  You want more time and money in your life but you don’t know how.  You are comfortable knowing you do the same thing every day until the end.

But what if?????  you take on a challenge to change the outcome of your life, like say you want to stay at home and raise your own kids.  To do this you will have to change a few things, like maybe make more money in less time to free you time so the free time is at home with the family.  The accomplishment of finding something, doing it, and succeeding where your new life is a prosperous bank account with all the free time to spend with family.  What does that feel like?  Would you be ok with a “better” outcome, that dream?  That could be your hero’s journey.

Peace, and I wish every “Hero” the best!


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gregjstrachan - January 30, 2015 Reply

You put this beautifully

ferialk - February 1, 2015 Reply

Awesome blog….I too feel the same way about the unknown. Interestingly, it is going into the unknown that makes my life exciting!

mkmmagregnyberg - February 1, 2015 Reply

Great Post George !!! And knowing how dedicated you are to the studies and the “doing”…Yes you are a hero.

dzwaldron - February 2, 2015 Reply

Good description George! We all have that “unknown” spot … just have to take the leap!

Ellen L - February 4, 2015 Reply

Great description of the journey we, one and all, are on – whether we know it or not!

masterkeyannemb - March 17, 2015 Reply

Challenge and change or change and challenge? Either way this hero’s journey you have described is most inviting.
Great blog; thank you for sharing.

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