Rock your neurosis
The same author who says that anxiety is really an elixir is now telling me that it’s OK to rock some of our neuroses. Woo hoo!
I continue to be on a bit of a James Hollis kick and am now reading his What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life book. He’s a renowned Jungian analyst and I like his style because it’s minds-on, yet clear, and free of fluffy self-help.
He says this in the preface:
I have no vested interest in our becoming saner, or mentally balanced, or even useful to society.
If you, the reader, find a neurosis that works for you, and gifts others as a bonus, then ride it for all it’s worth.
We are not here to fit in, be well-balanced, or provide exempla for others.
We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being.
I think I can handle that.
I’ve only just started the book, but the chapter titles alone are compelling, so I’m sure the book won’t disappoint:
That Life Not Be Governed By Fear
That We Learn To Tolerate Ambiguity
That We Consider Feeding The Soul
That We Respect The Power Of Eros
That We Step Into Largeness
That We Risk Growth Over Security
That We Live Verbs Not Nouns
That We Find And Follow The Path Of Creativity And Delight In Foolish Passions
That We Engage Spiritual Crises And Other Bad Days At The Office
That We Write Our Story Lest Someone Else Write It For Us
That We Fight Fate And Love It Also
That We Live More Fully In The Shadow Of Mortality
That We Accept At Last That Our Home Is Our Journey And Our Journey Is Our Home
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