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April 11, 2010

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Well, there is no way to appreciate the good stuff if we don't experience the mundane first. Also, I think the mundane helps to prepare us for the bigger harder stuff.

I think I'm not so afraid to sort grains.
Slaying dragons sounds very scary to me.

I found it easy to become frustrated with the task of trying to keep a neat house while raising small children. Now, the children aren't so small, the struggle is still regular, but I can see that it's not a fruitless effort, and when the house is clean, I feel as good as if I had slain a dragon...

I'm beginning to understand that a real life hero's journey is equal parts sheer exhilaration and mind-numbing tedium. Several Hollywood movies with scenes of women running small businesses (e.g., the dress boutique at the end of "Enchantment," Gwenyth Paltrow's PR firm in "Sliding Doors," Jennifer Aniston's flower shop in "Love Happens," etc.) make the experience look so...quaint. It's not. It's mostly darn hard work with lots of emotional roller coaster rides spawned on by trying to keep clients happy and the revenue coming in - all the while keeping the vision that it's more than all that - and it's about putting something out there in the world that is constructive and beautiful - that helps people and the world for good.

Whew. It's a lot to manage.

I imagine that my experience(aside of clients and revenue detail) applies to mothering tasks as well.

It's all a very tall order, my sisters.

I think Psyche's need to sort the seeds was the first of many skills she needed for later.

So, did I see a need to balance my check book when I was in my 20s? No. Do I see the need now that I have a business? Absolutely. I wish I'd had to learn the skill earlier, but my journey was teaching me other things that were vital to me now.

When I was teaching kids 8 hours a day every day of the year, was it exciting all the time? Nope, definitely got tedious at times, but boy has it prepared me for my work now.

Ultimately the hero's journey prepares us for the next world, the next journey.

There is a saying I like: "Before enlightment chop wood, carry water; after enlightment chop wood, carry water". Great lessons can be learned through the mundane.

I have been told on a number of occasions that I am not patient; until now I believed these observations were inaccurate.

And yet as I read your comments, I realized that I do tend to eschew the mundane, or process, while embracing the thrill; the outcome. Hence this post.

My view of myself and the world have shifted because of your comments and insights. Thank you -- dear readers.

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  • When I took a sabbatical from Wall Street to pursue a different dream and help others live theirs, I learned that women in the U.S. may be placated, even pampered, but because we aren't dreaming, we are also desperate and depressed. Drawing on a variety of sources, ranging from academic studies to pop culture, dare to dream encourages us to dream. And then to act on our dreams.

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