"The hero's journey always begins with the call. One way or another, a guide must come to say, "Look, you're in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that's not been touched. So you're at home here? Well, there's not enough of you there. And so it starts." Joseph Campbell
The wake up call starts like a warm gentle breeze calling your name. It's calling to us to be bold, adventurous. Where I live we have what they call the Santa Ana's this time of the year. It is a warm breeze off the desert and it blows my wind chimes in my window. It is one of my favorite times of the year because it makes the cooler days of the beginning of winter a little warmer.
If we don't listen to the gentle breeze, because we are all warm and comfortable, the weather will turn worse. The breeze starts gusting and blowing. Years ago I was living in Minneapolis, MN and they had this storm blow through, with what they called straight line winds. It was the weirdest thing the next day when the weather calmed down. As I drove down the street there were these huge trees that must have been at least 50 years old totally uprooted and laying across the rooftop of the next home. These winds would blow through and severely damage two or three homes, then several houses down another group of homes were damaged. It was like someone was rolling a giant bowling ball down the street and some of the homes were knocked down and others left standing. These winds even knocked down train cars that were going down the track.
If that doesn't get your attention, then tornado's certainly will. They pull everything in their path straight up into the vortex, whirling around and around. Entire buildings, cars, trucks, barns, it doesn't matter what the size is, it will be sucked up into the funnel.
The hero's journey always begins, my life was going along just fine, until one day. The one day the wake up call happens. We feel the disconnection to our life. The inner doubts are multiplying like baby rabbits, hopping all over our minds. We aren't happy, fulfilled or satisfied, yet we find ourselves still leading the same life day after day. We feel defeated and depressed. A midlife crisis is brewing.
It is like the insistent alarm clock or that rooster that will not stop crowing until everyone is awake. If you don't listen to the gentle breeze or the straight line winds, then you are going to be in for a tough ride. It will become a tale like poor Job in the bible. Loved ones, your job, your home, so many things will be lost to you.
So what do you do if you waited until your world is destroyed to listen? Alan Alda said "Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to to into unexplored territory."
Trust the journey and the guide. Learn how to trust yourself, trust your desires and capabilities. Stretch yourself out to what you think are your limits, and discovered how much more capable you are. Evolve. Create a new world, with new beginnings and new endings. Touch those places inside yourself that you didn't know existed. Bring all of you out into the world. Above all make the world a better place for all of us.