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I'd like to thank beerhorse, whose recent discussions of Joseph Campbell's Hero With A Thousand Faces helped trigger the recent turn-around in my emotional state:
I read about how the Hero is sent upon his/her quest. When the Hero accepts the quest and moves forward, it goes well for them. When the Hero denies the quest, they wind up on it anyway, but the journey is much more difficult and not very pleasant.That pretty much sums up the last ten-to-twelve months of my life perfectly. I turned away from my calling, and I've been pretty much wrapped up in anger and discontent and self-loathing because of it. Hero is one of my all-time favorite non-fiction books; I've read it half a dozen times or more. I should know this; in fact, on some level, I did know this. It just took Dalia's elegant phrasing to give me the much-needed kick in the head. Leave it to a Clydesdale....
The things that need doing,
That you see need to be done,
And that no one else seems to see
Need to be done.
R. Buckminster Fuller