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Monday, November 28, 2005 2:35 PM
The magic of unseen hands
Curt Rosengren on Passionate Work

One thing that has continually struck me as I have followed his journey of my friend Erden Eruc, who along with Tim Harvey is rowing from Portugal to Costa Rica, is the similarity between what they are doing and creating a career that really makes you feel alive.

Take this, for example, from his most recent dispatch...

I have learned one thing through my travels which Joseph Campbell predicted before me: 'If you follow your bliss, there will be those invisible hands opening doors for you.'

Those with no obligation to help do so out of the kindness of their hearts, touching our journey, uplifting their own spirits in the process, while making us more courageous in the knowledge that we can press on forward, that all will be OK, that there will be other kind souls ahead at the next stop, that we should have faith in the process and in humanity itself, and that we are all better for it by giving each other a shoulder.

I think back over the course of my own Passion Catalyst journey, and marvel at the hands that have opened doors and supported me along the way. [click continue for more]

One of the best examples of this came early on. After an incredibly stressful first year of being broke and feeling like I was getting no traction, I finally reached the point where I just couldn't do it any more. I finally had to admit it just wasn't working. \n\nWithin a week of that, I had a conversation with Richard Tait, co-founder and Grand Poo Bah of the game company Cranium. After that conversation, he e-mailed me and offered to speak to one of the groups I was putting together (at the time I was doing a series of passion roundtables). I ended up creating an event for it - The Passion People Speaker Series - and Richard gave an incredible, inspiring, fun presentation.\n\nThe event sparked an increase in business. For the first time, I was able to pay all my monthly bills with my Passion Catalyst revenue. I finally started getting traction and had the room to press forward. \n\nLooking back, I really can't see any reason why Richard made the offer, other than that he liked what I was trying to do. In hindsight, it was the turning point, and if he hadn't been so generous with his support I'm not sure I would be doing what I'm doing today. \n\nInvisible hands. Powerful stuff.


Janet Auty-Carlisle - 11/28/2005 7:26:48 PM
There is an old saying...
'When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.'
I cannot even begin to tell you the number of times I have had an answer presented to me exactly how I framed the question....Intention and asking 'spirit' and letting things just 'be' are amazing tools we all have which many have turned their hearts away from. That 'gut' feeling, the intuition, those are the offerings of our fulfilled intentions. Be open and accept the gifts when they are offered, for they keep presenting themselves to you until you do finally accept.
Serendipity, fortuity, good luck....call it what you will...it's spirit and it's yours to claim. Living la vida fearless, Jan
Evelyn Rodriguez - 11/28/2005 3:59:00 PM
What a wonderful post.

As I get ready to return to Asia on the tsunami anniversary for a live-blogging trek, I am also taken by the similarities of 'literal' journeys and the Hero's Journey that Campbell speaks of (quite a few posts on that theme and more to come next year in a new blog over at dwelve.com).

In a particularly difficult week last month, I carried this quote in a slip of paper so I could remind myself: 'Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while a great wind is bearing me across the sky.'

Which is a quote from a great book, The Art of Pilgrimage.

And that great wind usually comes in the tangible form of the allies and companions and people we meet that become part of us, live in us, travel with us and that make the journey, well, 'worthwhile'.

p.s. last paragraph inspired by a Pam Brown quote

Jerrome - 11/28/2005 3:00:02 PM
I love the concept you're putting forward here, Curt. So many times, people seem to stop dead in their tracks, fearing the unknown and fearing failure. I have started 3 businesses and 1 of them failed. But even that failure triggered the idea for the first (a better delivery system for my packaging and paper business. Without sounding too gooey, it did always feel like, if not invisible hands, then a wind at my back. Great story.


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