I hope you will permit me to deviate from the norm and recommend a film to you. After all, when someone shares something of value with you, and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others. The wisdom of that proverb resonates deeply with me – it was pretty much the catalyst for starting this blog. Outside of music and words, my next biggest passion is relationship. For me there is no romantic connotation to that word. Relationship is the state of being connected. It is our connection to the world, our connection to each other. It’s finding our place – where we stand in relation to what is happening around us. Relationship is what we do, how we give back. Your relationship with yourself is essential. Without relationship, life would be meaningless and void. It is ALL about harmony and connection.
Finding Joe expresses the teachings of Joseph Campbell. Joe’s most notable phrase is: “Follow Your Bliss.” Expanding on that he says, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” I’ve had a number of “ah-HA” moments in my life. It’s never profound or complicated scenarios that bring on the ah-HA . It’s always the simple should-be-obvious truths. Following one’s bliss isn’t as complicated as we like to make it. Dare to follow your bliss and the sun will shine on you. As Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” Get out of your way; bask in the sunlight for a bit. I can tell you from first hand experience, it’s addicting. Bliss is perfect happiness, great joy. It is powerful and intoxicating and I can’t imagine life without it.
Finding Joe explores how Joseph Campbell’s teachings are relevant and applicable to all of us. The film offers insight and commentary from Deepak Chopra, Mick Fleetwood, Sir Ken Robinson, Tony Hawk, Laird Hamilton and Rashida Jones, to name a few.
If you are open to looking inside yourself and giving honest consideration to what brings you joy then I can’t recommend Finding Joe highly enough. This film may very well be a game-changer. I watched it this summer in the theater with two girlfriends, and after it was over the question was asked, “Do you know what your bliss is?” I think I could’ve answered that a year ago, but after watching Joe it was ABUNDANTLY clear to me.
Yes. Yes, I know my bliss. It’s writing. Nothing in life gives me more joy.
Please get your hands on this film and get back to me. I would love to know your thoughts. firstname.lastname@example.org
And in case you really needed some musical love and inspiration, I offer you this:
Get up, get out, stand up and shout your name. Don’t be afraid to get in the way again – don’t try to stop, like it or not you’ll change.