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Your Call To Adventure

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Today we're exploring the second stage of being a hero (from Joseph Campbell's book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces):

2: The Call to Adventure:

The hero is presented with a problem, challenge, or adventure. Maybe the land is dying, as in the Arthur stories about the search for the Holy Grail. In STAR WARS again, it's Princess Leia's holographic message to Obi Wan Kenobi, who asks Luke to join in the quest. In detective stories, it's the hero accepting a new case. In romantic comedies it could be the first sight of that special -- but annoying someone the hero or heroine will be pursuing/sparring with the remainder of the story.

Something to think about:

So, what's your call to adventure? Are you in this present moment presented with a problem, challenge, or adventure? Have you already embarked on a journey of sorts? If not, can you remember a moment in time when opportunity came knocking? What did you do? How did you respond?


Shirley Twofeathers said...

My call to adventure... as I was writing my comments about "my ordinary life" it occured to me that my call to adventure happened when I watched Lord of the Rings all those years ago when I was working at Sprint. But if that's the case, it means that I'm not at all where I thought I was in my "hero's journey" and I'm going to have to rethink the whole thing.

sanehat said...

Okay if my life is an adventure. I am at either stage 6 or 8. And I have a feeling I am in the middle of eight. Which actually gives me hope, at least some. It feels like the armies of Sauron are at the gates, who knows where Frodo is and where is Aragorn when you need him with his ghost army.

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