The Hero Within

A Life of Virtue: Philosophy as a Way of Life

Why is it that hero stories continue to capture the human imagination?

While we have no shortage of action-packed Marvel films, the archetypal hero myth is manifested is different cultures throughout history.

If you pay close attention, you’ll start to realize similarities in structure and pattern across different stories and mythology. Achilles in the Homer’s Iliad, to Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films and Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings are all connected in their journeys of adventure and personal transformation.

For the mythologist and scholar Joseph Campbell, the ubiquity of these stories reveals some fundamental truth about the human experience. He calls this framework commonly found in our literature, stories and films the hero’s journey.

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The Framework

In the Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell lays out the 17 steps of the hero’s journey which can be summarized in

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My 3-Year Skydive for Alzheimer’s Anniversary

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Tuesday the 20th October 2020 marked the 2-year anniversary since I jumped out of a plane at 12,000 feet to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Story. It was one of the craziest and most memorable things that I have ever done in my life, and looking back on the experience, I am so glad that I seized the opportunity and did the jump. I can’t wait until I can do another jump, but for the time being, let’s take a look at my Skydiving story!

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Sweeney’s Peutz-Jeghers Story – My Dance with Death

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6 years ago yesterday I got rushed into hospital and was diagnosed with Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome. I was only 15 years of age when it happened and I am eternally grateful for all of the work that the surgeons, doctors, nurses and more did to save my life when I was but 3 hours away from what would have been my unfortunate death.

I am James Sweeney and this is my Peutz-Jeghers Story, My Dance with Death:

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My Self-Care Methods

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Since we began the Self Care Sunday series, we’ve discussed what self-care is, why it’s important, and a few different self-care methods. For today’s post, I want to talk a little bit about the methods I use, what they are, and why they work for me. Everyone is different, so every person needs to find out what works for them.

Emotional Awareness

This one may not seem like much, but it’s so important. Figuring out what you feel and why can provide you with the tools to figure out what you need to do about it. It can also potentially stop you from doing or saying things you’ll regret later. For example, I (like most people) get very cranky when I’m stressed out, frustrated, or even just hungry. Sometimes, I just need to take a step back and evaluate. What am I even stressed out over? Did something actually happen…

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World Mental Health Day 2021

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How are we all doing?

World Mental Health Day 2021 falls tomorrow on Sunday the 10th of October 2021!! World Mental Health Day is one of the biggest days on the Mental Health calendar and is something that I am very passionate about. In today’s blog, we are going to be taking a look at this special day, why it is so important, and how you can get involved!

Let’s get cracking!

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Sweeney’s Blogs has passed over 25,000 views!!

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I hope you are all keeping well & are having a lovely start to the week!

I am super happy to announce that Sweeney’s Blogs passed over 25,000 total views last week!! We are going to be taking a little look at my thoughts surrounding hitting this milestone in today’s blog!

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Don’t be Afraid to Take the First Step

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Why is taking the first step always the hardest?

Why people are so scared of stepping out very first?

It happens! Even it’s me as well. I was afraid to move out first, and then to come out from my comfort zone. It’s really, really very hard.

What’s the reason?

It’s our insecurities that push us back and we get scared to move ahead. But, we forget that the greatest person of today was once a beginner. Yes, he also faced lots of insecurities, challenges, and fear of coming out for the very first time. However, he did it and overcame his fear. Hurray!!!

Yes, it’s not easy to take the first step and face the world. But, you are not alone, your ideas, thoughts, willpower, vigor accompany you that keep pushing you ahead to do it. And, you will do it.

Don’t let your fear overpower your willingness to…

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Sweeney’s Stuttering Update – September 2021

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I hope you are all having an outstanding day so far!

September 2021 has nearly come to an end, and with that, I have got another Sweeney’s Stuttering Update for you all! I do these posts once a month as a way to collate all of the things that I discover & learn about Stuttering into a series of blog posts for you all to see! So, let’s get cracking with today’s post!

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World Alzheimer’s Month 2021

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World Alzheimer’s Month is running through September 2021, a national holiday that means the world to me! To help celebrate such a special event, today’s blog is going to take a look at World Alzheimer’s Month, and why it means so much to me. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Tokyo 2020 – What a Paralympics!!

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I hope you are all having a fantastic start to the week!

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics came to a close on the 5th of September, and what a truly phenomenal Paralympics it turned out to be! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in today’s blog!

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Finding Life Balance Using the Four Forces of Flight

Pointless Overthinking

Do you feel like the weight of responsibility is keeping you grounded? Or the sheer drag of life is forcing on the brakes?

Do you find it hard to muster the requisite lift and thrust to overcome these forces in life?

Of course, we’ve all been there. We’ve all had those days where everything has felt like one big drag, where the simple act of getting out of bed has felt like this herculean task.

To be honest, that’s exactly how I’ve been feeling recently. It got me thinking about this idea of life balance and how, exactly, one is supposed tofindit?

Then something struck me. I thought, “Of course! Balance isn’t something youfind.It is something you have tomaintain– like a tightrope walker!”

Three ideas immediately sprung to mind:

  1. Don’t carry too much weight.
  2. Go at a steady pace.
  3. Don’t stop moving.

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National Read a Book Day 2021

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I hope you are all having a lovely start to the week!

Today is National Read a Book Day – a day designed to encourage you to pick up a book & enter the crazy world of reading! We are going to take a closer look at this national day in today’s blog!

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International Day of Charity 2021

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I hope you are all having a fantastic start to the weekend!

Tomorrow, Sunday the 5th of September 2021, is International Day of Charity 2021. This is a very special day designed to encourage people from all around the world to help & support others through volunteer & philanthropic events. We are going to be taking a look at this great day in today’s blog!

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