Follow your Bliss: A Magic in the Making


“The only thing that’s worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”     –Helen Keller

Every once in a while life brings us a miracle.

And the video below shares one such special moment for a blind kitten, one who discovers the bliss that can come from play.

For Oskar, sound becomes sight, and triumph comes from following his inner eyes, eyes that are, in fact, his ears–a magic in the making.

I hope this brief video touches you as much as it moved and enlightened me.

Oskar follows the sound of bells and learns to see his world with new “eyes.”

As regular readers of my blog will know, I’m all about this kind of triumph over adversity.  Having overcome a challenging childhood and fought an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, I think Joseph Campbell describes best what it takes to triumph:

Follow your bliss, and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.

May you, too, follow your bliss in the coming year and enjoy the triumph that can come from play, from the blind pursuit of a creative life, from keeping your inner eye on the ball that matters most–the only bell that rings true for you.

(Note:  I will be doing more memoir posts after the holiday.  If you are a new reader and you would like to look at some of my already-completed pieces about growing up with a mafia father, click here.)

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50 thoughts on “Follow your Bliss: A Magic in the Making

  1. Thanks for sharing! I have an Aussie who was born completely deaf and blind in one eye. He is what is known as a “lethal white.” But I tell everyone not to tell him he’s deaf and blind.. because HE doesn’t know it! He’s trained with dozen of touch commands and some hand signals he can see… and passed his AKC CGC test. I call him my savior….

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  2. I’ve been a bit emotional these days, so I’m saving the video for a day when my spirit is a bit stronger, Kathy. I know I couldn’t handle it today…

    This post has touched me beyond measure. That quote from Joseph Campbell is my all-time favourite piece of wisdom, so it’s lovely to hear it again. May 2012 keep opening doors for you on your creative journey, Kathy! 🙂

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    • I understand, Dana. The thing I will say, however, is that it’s really a video about a kind of triumph, and the tears have been tears of delight. Hang in there, my friend. When you are feeling better, I think you will enjoy it. Hugs to you—————

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  3. Thank you for sharing this Kathy! What a neat video. I’m glad there are people like Oskar’s parents who are willing to work with a kitty (or puppy) to allow them to overcome issues instead of “not wanting to be bothered”.

    I love the Helen Keller quote … so true! 🙂

    Oh, and I’d bet that Oskar uses his whiskers as well as his ears to keep from running into walls. 😉

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  4. I love this video. These are the kinds of things I keep in my “arsenal” of inspirational videos and blogs. When I come up against a tough challenge, I am reminded of people and animals who overcame far more daunting challenges than I have ever encountered. May we all meet each challenge of 2012 with such aplomb!

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    • From bliss unto bliss–sounds like it should be some kind of Bible verse doesn’t it? But it’s true the pursuit of bliss leads to more of the same. Thanks for watching Kathy. Hope you’re staying warm, my friend.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this video Kathy. Animals do a great job of reminding us that “handicaps” are only limitations to be overcome.

    Love that Joseph Campbell quote too!

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  6. Beautiful sentiment and a very thoughtful post. My question is how does one follow their Bliss. I have been told by some of the wisest people that I know to follow my bliss. I have been trying to figure out what my path is, what I should major in, where to go from here, etc… and I am obviously doing something wrong. =)

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    • I bet you are doing more right than you realize. Look at your blog. It suggests you have a direction–a great direction. I also think that often what we want and need changes, so what it means to follow our bliss does as well. Hang in there. You will figure it out!

      Great to hear from you. Thanks SO much for stopping by again.

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  7. Thanks for the encouragement! I need this message as I’m gearing up to reopen a project. You did such a remarkable job with your creative energies in 2011, Kathy. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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