“Everything depends on this”

[C]atastrophization is a reasonable response–until it begins to undermine the work we need to do. … The best way to care is to persist in bending the culture and our systems to improve things over time.*
Seth Godin

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.**
Joseph Campbell

“Don’t turn a mountain into a molehill.”

Bad things happen, but we cannot live in catastrophe: for something to be a catastrophe there has to be a lot of inaccuracy, even untruth present: “I messed up at work, now I’m gong to lose my job.”

The valuable but hard work is using the issue, problem, difficulty, to grow ourselves into our “suchness:”

Here lies the connection between beauty and truth. Beauty is not the opposite of the “ugly,” but of the “false”; it is the sensory statement of the suchness of a thing or a person.^

The opposite of a catastrophe may not be a molehill but one of your finest moments.

*From Seth Godin’s Catastrophisation;
**Joseph Campbell, from Anna Katharina Schaffner’s The Art of Self-Improvement;
^From Erich Fromm’s The Revolution of Hope.

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