Write your Odyssey

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I found the Odyssey to be one of the most profound works of ancient literature. The word “odyssey” implies journey. And aren’t we all on a deeper and more meaningful inner journey that transcends our physical journey through life? Carl Jung walked this path. So did many mystics and sinners.

Alluding to Odysseus’ wanderings after the Trojan War, I wrote a brief beginning of one way to approach the Odyssey. Find your own approach. Here’s mine:

“After the great war, I wandered.  And my men wandered with me. Not men of flesh and blood but men of mist and apparition. Ghosts of the glory days.

My journey was not on ships with sails, but through the whispering wildness of my mind. Sit down and listen.”

You could start writing your original story with any of Odysseus’ experiences. You could alter numerous parts of the story to make it uniquely your own. You could use a homeless man with a shopping cart instead of a ship as the protagonist. You could vary the length of the story. Write a poem, a short story, or a short-short story.

Tap into your imagination’s creative depths. Discover which characters and scenes want to emerge. And then, with great passion . . . write your odyssey.

Photo Credit: Photo by Ben Salter at Flickr Creative Commons.

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