The gift and the wound

Story is a metaphor for life, and to be alive is to be in perpetual conflict.*
Robert McKee

We are kept from our goals not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.**
Robert Brault

Gift and wound,
We find both within the meaningful life,
And if the wound is finally healed,
Perhaps we will lose the gift
we seek to bring to others:
But true healing and transformation
come from being able to sponsor the wound,
sponsor the demon,
sponsor the shadow …
receiving and accepting what’s there,
but holding it within a bigger framework …
in a way that allows other possibilities to emerge.^

*Robert McKee‘s newsletter: The World According to Writers;
**Ben Hardy’s Personality Isn’t Permanent;
^Stephen Gilligan and Robert Dilts’ The Hero’s Journey.

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