The Hero’s Journey
‘Well, in our country,’ said Alice, still panting a little, ‘you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you ran very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.’
‘A slow sort of country!’ said the Queen. ‘Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.
If you want to get somewhere else, YOU MUST RUN AT LEAST TWICE AS FAST AS THAT!’
– Lewis Carroll (conversation between Alice and the Red Queen), Through the Looking Glass
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid? -Psalm 27
Take a look at this picture. Look at the details. Look at the colors, and look at the figures. What did you see?
For a lot of people what they end up seeing are the cars, the bustle, and the general craziness of everyday life. For some, that’s all they would ever see.
This is a picture taken by David Guison—a photographer and blogger—when asked what does it mean to be a force of life. In truth, that’s a question that many of us would want to ask ourselves. What truly does it mean to apply the force of life in our own lives? Let’s take a look at those people who did become forces of life: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mulan, Genghis Khan, etc.
Together, we could get this list to grow to epic proportions, so much so that we could fill the entire page of the blog with just the names of people who have made an impact in the world. However, knowing of them would do nothing to us except for filling our minds with trivia. KNOWING what they went through is a different story. When we see these names, we think of all their accomplishments. However, it is not accomplishment that brings all these people together. What is it? It would actually be hard to believe.
Let’s get back to that picture. That picture seems to show everything that we would want to change, the traffic, the mess, the chaos. That picture shows us the reality of what happens. It seems to be something that is so simple! It’s a highway, meant to bring people from point A to point B, but we can never seem to get it to work the right way! How are we to dream of being a force of life when we cannot even get to our destination!
But therein lies the magic. Let’s take a look at heroism. What started the path towards heroism? Wasn’t it an insurmountable problem? Did not Theseus have to face the Minotaur, a being that nobody has ever been able to defeat, aside from having to escape the Labyrinth? Did not Perseus face Medusa for him to complete his journey? Did not Odysseus need to solve the problem of Troy before he would have been able to come back home? It is not the problem that becomes our stumbling block towards being a force of life. It is how we face it. EVERY SINGLE HERO IN HISTORY HAD TO FACE AN INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEM, AND OVERCOME IT. So do not be afraid of problems. Do not be afraid of hardships. Don’t look at things that go wrong and end up cursing the darkness. Instead, shine a light that would be seen across the whole world.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”