stories for letting go and letting come (25)

‘There is nothing in the patient that I do not have in me.’*

We seek autonomy, mastery, and cause greater than ourselves.

Free to live as we dream.

Doing something really well.

Living the adventure for a cause greater than ourselves.

Psychologist Erich Fromm’s remark, above, caused me to ponder whether I urge others towards a heroic path because I want to journey with them.

By hero, I mean someone who is striving to be more human — towards themselves, towards others, towards their world.

Their courage isn’t bravado but the highest form of humility — knowing themselves, they believe they can grow exponentially.

I’m making this up. It’s a story, but it’s one story among many.

We tell ourselves political stories, economic and humanitarian stories, love stories and hate stories. Our stories are how we make sense of the disorder of life. Paradoxically, the best stories are not easy ones: ‘The path of least resistance is a poor teacher.’**

The best stories are full of questions — questions asked of us and questions we ask of life. And to ask questions, we must let go of our answers.

(*From Erich Fromm’s The Art of Listening.)
(**From Ryan Holliday’s The Obstacle is the Way.)