and at peace—
Within tides crashing or
waves whipping and
Seek the place where
on the scales of life,
and be not found wanting
on one side
let all that you are
and all that will be —
The Start of My Heroic Journey (An Origin Story)
Over 10 years ago, I found myself in my sister's garage journaling.
While browsing through YouTube, I unexpectedly came across a video about Marcus Aurelius, my namesake and a man whom I've studied for a long time.
As someone who has been a dedicated student of Marcus' journal and his approach to life, it always feels like he’s talking directly to you...because he is.
And he was, and always is writing for an audience of one.
But it wasn't just the ancient philosopher who captured my attention that day.
There was another individual present—
A voice accompanied by a floating hand diligently scribbling on paper.
This person spoke about the idea of "Equanimity," the ability to regain balance swiftly after being thrown off course.
This was my first encounter with Brian Johnson.
His words resonated with me on a profound level, as if he understood the very essence of who I am as well. And so began my transformative journey, again. Because the hero’s journey is just a cycle again and again, refining your understanding of your identity.
Your ‘I am’.
The Start of Your Heroic Journey
You’re about to embark on your journey.
Listen closely to these stories and poems I’ve written. Tuck them away in your pocket; someday, when you set out on your own adventures, you’ll find them invaluable companions to help you along the way.
3 ideas to find your Equanimity.
1. Know that being thrown off balance is inevitable.
“When life throws you off balance with unexpected circumstances...”
2. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, approach it as a game.
Games have rules, and the rules of life are set by yourself (in collaboration with others.) Rules comes from the same root as ‘regulation’. So the the key to winning to the game of life ‘self-regulation’.
3. Ask yourself, ‘How quickly can I get back on track?’
By reframing the situation and setting clear guidelines for yourself, you'll find that bouncing back becomes an achievable goal.