by Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos
Hero’s Journey stories have always been the way essential lessons are taught and remembered.~ Kat Kanavos, author, dream expert
Mayhem bombards us daily, but we seldom hear about the miracles that happen despite or because of the chaos. The miraculous happy endings reassure us and remind us that the good guy still wins and can ride off into the sunset on a white horse. The trick is to see, embrace and give thanks for our miracles. Mayhem is all a part of our unforgettable Hero’s Journey of Life.
In high school, I sang in the school chorus. My favorite song was the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II hit
“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” later sung by many crooners, including Gerry and the Pacemakers and Elvis Presley.
The lyrics that resonate most with me
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Though your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on,
With hope in your heart,
And you’ll never walk alone.
So often, we feel alone in our times of need. We are sure no one else experienced what we are feeling, so there is no hope for help. Suddenly reading or hearing that someone else went through a similar life challenge and survived the devastation can help us continue one more day.
Sharing our Hero’s Journey helps us all become closer and stronger.
In a speech, Winston Churchill said, “If you’re going through hell,
keep going,” and then discussed the “lion heart” of people. It would be safe to say that almost everyone, at some point in their life, goes through some form of hell, including me—but the ones who survive, and thrived did not give up, they kept going. They embraced their lion’s heart
and followed the hope that led them forward on their Hero’s Journey until they came out the other side. The dark hour of our soul is the fertile ground for our miracles. Without one, the other could not exist.
Divine Intervention, especially when a situation is at its worst, combined with hope for a better day, often makes the difference between life and death.
When I think of hope, I think of the 1970s poster by Los Angeles photographer Victor Baldwin of a kitten clinging onto a bamboo pole with the words printed in bold letters beneath it, HANG IN THERE, BABY.
Words of wisdom based on experience to encourage hope are worth their weight in gold. Hope is the light in our dark hour that guides us through the storms in life. Hope gives us a reason to hang in there for just one more day, hour, or minute.
Hang in there and just walk on….
Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos: aka The Queen of Dreams Syndicated Columnist, PR Guru, VIDEO Podcaster/Show Host Dreaming Healing, 3-time Breast Cancer Survivor, multi award-winning author, and Dream Expert seen on Dr. Oz, DOCTORS, NBC, & CBS. Divine Dreams diagnose her illness. Kat and Duke U Radiologist Dr. Larry Burk co-wrote, (2018 Nautilus Award Winner) Dreams That Can Save Your Life. She’s an Author/Publisher/Lecturer/Inspirational Keynote who promotes patient advocacy and connecting with Divine-guidance through Dreams. “Don’t tell God how big your problems are. Tell your problems how big your God is.” Learn more @ www.KathleenOKeefeKanavos.com
- Mayhem to Miracles: Sacred Stories of Transformational Hope; https://www.amazon.com/Mayhem-Miracles-Sacred-Stories-Transformational/dp/1945026782/ref=sr_1_1?crid=WLUVAMZCVBV4&keywords=Mayhem+to+Miracles&qid=1646430521&s=books&sprefix=mayhem+to+miracles+%2Cstripbooks%2C118&sr=1-1