Life lessons from Joseph Campbell

I keep thinking of a Joseph Campbell quote that I recently read, and comparing it to where we are in our world.  

"Suddenly you're ripped into being alive. And life is pain, suffering, and horror, but my god you're alive and it's spectacular."

There's a lot of people confused about what is going on in our world, they are trying to fix it; fix it for their children, their friends, partners, themselves.  On both sides of this very Split United states right now, sits people who are looking across the way confused by what someone else is doing. Everyone's seeing a little more darkness, and feeling a little more uneasy.  

It felt strange typing, 'very split United States."  It's not just because I'm anxious about how much proper grammar I have yet to learn, and do I or do I not use a coma; it's because we aren't united.  A part of me felt a little bummed about that, while I was processing all that was going on; until I saw it as Joseph Campbell describes above, that people are being ripped into being alive right now. 

Since this quote came to mind I dug out one of my many books I bought the first time I ever heard a Joseph Campbell quote.  In his, Reflections on the Art of Living, he says, " When we talk about settling the world's problems, we're barking up the wrong tree.  The world is perfect. It's a mess.  It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it.  Our job is to straighten out our own lives."  I read this paragraph 15 times.  Not joking.

The best way I can help anyone hurting in this world, is to do my work.  I have been spending a lot of energy trying to change our world, as I see us all doing right now; when really it does start with us.  The more we can do our work, and lead by example; the more just being us does change the world.  In the best ways possible.

I get it, and I will be working. :)