You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself. Alan Alda
Caterina Bandini, the former lead news anchor at Channel 7 in Boston, has just embarked on a hero's journey.
Her call to adventure? The birth of twin daughters Olivia and Kate.
As I read this Boston Globe interview, I couldn't help but think of the myth of Pscyhe who undertook the hero's journey — and remember it wasn't because she was thirsting for adventure, but out of love for her family.
Do you remember her first task?
Sort the seeds.
Psyche must sort through a huge jumble of corn, barley and poppy seeds into separate piles before morning. The task seems impossible – and is impossible – given her timeframe, until an army of ants comes to her aid, and helps her sort the seeds.
Caterina Bandini has a similar task. Having left her former life, she must now sort and sift through possibilities, establishing personal priorities in the face of conflicting feelings and competing loyalties. In other words, she is sorting the seeds. And, if she's willing, the industrious collective of ants – her intuition – can help her establish her priorities and clarity will emerge.
Faced with the daunting task of sifting through possibilities, Ms. Bandini, like Psyche, may be experiencing some fear (likely exacerbated by lack of sleep, possibly even post-partum depression), at the start of her hero's journey.
But just as Psyche eventually sorted the seeds, so too can Caterina sift and sort, eventually settling on the possibilities that are both right for her family (which is why she embarked on the journey in the first place), and for her.
Her remark “I know I made the right choice for my babies. I know I made the right choice for my husband. But there are days when I wonder, did I make the right choice for me?” suggests she's off to a good start.
We wish you well.
And Caterina, always remember — It's your story. Be the hero.
Have you recently had a turn of events that is requiring you to sort and sift through possibilities?
Once you've gotten all the information you can, what does it feel like to just wait — and trust — that you will eventually figure out your best course of action?