Amor fati…

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Challenges…and the ‘love of your fate’…

“Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life,the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’ It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment—not discouragement—you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.
“Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.”

Joseph Campbell – Reflections on the Art of Living

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8 responses to “Amor fati…

  1. I love this…and it is a philosophy I often try to communicate to my clients. May I reblog?

    • Please do…This concept, this idea…has a lot to it really, and a great deal to talk of. Montaigne also spoke of this back in 1500s…I’ll look at your blog too….
      So where are you a therapist? I’m a psychoanalyst (now doing mostly psychotherapy) in SW Texas….Rudy

      • Hi Rudy,
        I agree…I was reminded of the books Cradles of Eminence by Victor and Mildred Goertzel which looked at the back story of a number of famous people and the great difficulties they faced in childhood. Very inspiring. I think all we can do in life is to embrace where we are (for whatever karmic reason) and move forward with our lives – taking responsibility for who and what we are – what else can we do? It is too seductive to get stuck in victim mode, and progress is very difficult from this place.
        I am now practicing north of Toronto in Canada.

        Best,

        Margaret : – ))

    • I am already following you….I’ll read some of your postings tonight…

  2. Reblogged this on Margaret Mikkelborg and commented:
    The quintessential philosophy on embracing your life – it is the key to a life well-lived

  3. This idea is very much needed today I think. So much wisdom has come and gone. I hope to not forget.

    James Hillman’s book, The Soul’s Code, does a great job amplifying this idea which he traces back to Plato’s myth of Ur.

    Anyway, thanks for the reminder.

    Debra

  4. Visita nuestro blog de consumidores, es muy interesante.

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