The Hero’s Journey

We often hear about something or another that a celebrity has accomplished, their hero’s journey, fighting for others, a cause, a principle, or a personal journey of transformation.  People that come to mind are:
1. Elizabeth Gilbert and her memoir Eat, Pray, Love which has inspired so many others now to embrace their personal journeys
2. Angelina Jolie and her choice to undergo a double mastectomy after discovering she carries the BRCA1 breast cancer gene and losing her mother and aunt to the ovarian and breast cancer
3. Other artists like Bono (U2), Peter Gabriel, Dave Matthews, Sting and others have been working to end poverty, hunger, lack of education, AIDS, and violence.

But heroes come from everyday people through their personal journeys. It doesn’t require selfless acts, to help others, to be a hero. Heroes emerge from the beautiful expression of human frailty and overcoming, or living with, our suffering and transformation. Joseph Campbell says that just the act of being born is an example of heroism.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”  – Anais Nin

“We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes.”  – Joseph Campbell

Minstrels and Muses Press has started a book project to share these stories and photos of inspiration and transformation with others.  My personal journey will be included. We want to hear and share your story too.  If you, or someone you know, might be interested, please contact us.  Let’s celebrate everyday heroes together.



“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie  Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie


the day came when
answering was more
important than asking
while thoughtful
softened gazes peer
past the vale
gentle sun rising
over the Rio golden
parting the curtain
dawn violet light
presents another
thin space leading
touches delicate
graceful purpose
shows her face
smiles warmth
upon your face
and changes


sometimes the silence roars

there you are again,  Image
against the wind
walking the roads
tiny steps each day
cutting new paths
the rustling leaves
hidden beneath those
dark strands before you
beating your cheeks
pushing, pushing through
the stinging rain
another day, another
there with yourself
interminable sentience
intimate voyage
with pique and delight
anguish and desire
life is relentless, you
always said and
the silence

And here is the song that Sean Peterson Schnell, lead singer and song writer from The Day We Met wrote based upon this poem.  Enjoy!