Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion
Edited by Diane K. Osbon
This is a collection of some of Joseph Campbell's best writings. His ideas—what I think of as the tools of coping—have stood me in very good stead. For instance, I try to say yes to life no matter what. I also try to acknowledge, as Campbell wrote, "The world is perfect. It's a mess. It has always been a mess. … Our job is to straighten out our own lives." His most famous advice is "Follow your bliss." Some people take that to mean that if you do what makes you happy, you will be rich and carefree. But what Campbell said was "If you follow your bliss, you will always have your bliss. … If you follow money, you may lose it, and you will have nothing."