Love your Fate.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Mar 30, 2009
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Now, I’m not a big fan of self-help. In the Buddhist tradition, we view such stuff as “how to protect your ego against reality when reality doesn’t fulfill your mundane or over-the-top fantasies.” In Buddhism, we view tough times as a wake up call, as no better or worse than good times, when everything seems to be going your way. That doesn’t mean we don’t want a life that’s fulfilled, in harmony with our friends and nature and full of love etc. It just means that we want happiness based on reality, not temporary bull. Sakyong Mipham, for one, describes how to deal with such tough times fare more eloquently, and succinctly, than can I.

So does Joseph Campbell (with thanks for the tip to Upaya Zen Center‘s wonderful, free e-newsletter):

love 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 that 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


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


12 Responses to “Love your Fate.”

  1. sj* says:


  2. sj* says:

    "In Heaven all the interesting people are missing." -Friedrich Nietzsche

  3. Anna says:

    Very true.

  4. rebecca says:

    When life deteriorates to wreckage, my Cherokee husband tells me old Cherokee have a saying, "All is as it should be." Oh, but I am to rational to fall for that I need lessons learned lists, eventually futility becomes evident .

  5. ARCreated says:

    Joseph was my first guru…thank you for this

  6. Joe Sparks says:

    Reality is always basically benign. When this benign-ness seems to be overshadowed by disasters or accidents or the consequence of distresed decisions made in the past, one can restore one's perspective by taking a broader view. Always the negative phenomena are over-mached by the positive reality surrounding them.

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  8. Snowyogi says:

    Gotta love JC!

  9. Teresa says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I just love Joe. 🙂

  10. michael says:

    joe's great, but this is nietzsche folks. nietzsche is amazing, and, strangely, underrated.