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Cedric Johnson, Ph.D and Kris MacKain, Ph.D
Life’s transitions sometimes give us the opportunity to transform our lives, resulting in a life lived more in concert with our deepest selves. The advice given by a soothsayer to the mythic Greek hero, Odysseus (see below), sparked a discussion about the new directions in our lives. Because this advice may also inspire you, we would like to share it with you.
The mythic Odysseus, after being a sailor all his life, after finding his way home after ten years of war, and ten years of wandering… [found himself] pining to return to his glory days at sea…. when a soothsayer came to him in a dream and said,
“Take your favorite oar and go inland until no one has heard of you, and then go farther until no one has heard of an oar or the sea. Plant your oar there and start a garden.”
From Mark Nepo, “The Book of Awakening.”
How might you view an upcoming transition as an opportunity to re-evaluate your life’s direction?
How can you in your present situation find deeper meaning in your work and/or life?