I’ve always loved this Joseph Campbell quote, because it puts our daily lives in a bigger context.
Campbell isn’t telling us not to plan; he’s reminding us to listen to our deeper intuition about our purpose in life.
And he’s acknowledging the way life unfolds; just when we think we have everything “under control,” something can happen to turn our lives upside down.
As Jung said, “What is not brought to consciousness, comes to us as fate.” Our souls have a deeper agenda for growth.
No matter how much we plan, we have to respond to the unexpected. We are responsible for our lives. And being in alignment with who we are can give us more strength and resilience to do so.
When we are aligned with our values and our higher purpose, it grounds us in a context that makes sense. From there, we can decide what to do. We can change our actions, our course, our perspectives, or keep moving forward on our paths.
Take the time to listen to your intuition, whether it is a whisper or a shout. Write about it. Paint it. Sing it. Discover what you already know. You are wiser than you think.