Joseph Campbell used those words to encapsulate all the resident knowledge and life lessons of mythology into it’s most basic form. We’ve all heard “follow your heart” or “follow your dreams”, but there’s something more pervasive, more all encompassing about “follow your bliss”. Our hearts can get us into trouble, because they are easily fooled. Our dreams are equally dangerous, because they can be influenced by those we trust. Our bliss is such a powerful sign-post. You always know when you are doing what you love to do, because you love doing it. There is no elusive meaning or obfuscated lesson.
Once again I find myself at a crossroads. My bliss looms before me just as other opportunities beckon me. And through it all I recall some very good advice I once received, “you don’t need to go through every open door.” Or, as I later reasoned, “just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you should do it”. And that’s where I stand at this moment, but not without every intention to start running towards my bliss.
I’ve already begun re-thinking what exactly it is that Fountain Pen Music (my company) should be. And I think I have a vision that is a lot closer to where I need to be. I say “a lot closer” because I also realize that my vision right now may not be 100% accurate. But even with that, I know it is a lot closer to where I need to be heading than it has been up until now.
I’m not going to go into detail about my new vision right now, but I will say that the Fountain Pen Music website is already undergoing a revision. Feel free to keep your eyes on that site over the next few weeks to understand where this is all coming from (and going to).
And one last thing: if you haven’t already noticed, I have a new tagline (up in the header), “not all who wander are lost”. It is a message I received from a very special someone who never fails to believe in me…even when I don’t believe in myself.