“Remember that the greatest gift of the gods is not cleverness nor power nor wealth nor fame, but the spirit of Sophrosune.”
Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus , 429 B.C.
Ever since the dawn of human civilization, wise men have pondered what defines a well-lived life, a life that is in harmony with itself. By about 2,500 years ago, the Chinese philosopher Confucius in the east and the ancient Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and many others in the west had developed similar conclusions about what constituted a meaningful life, a life that was introspective and lived and acted out of its deepest core.
Both the ancient Greeks and the Apostle Paul in the New Testament used the term ‘Sophrosune’ to describe the virtue of a person who knew his or her calling and lived out his or her life with wisdom and self-discipline. Despite being tossed about by the rough seas of life, such people had found the port that had their name.
Finding the Port that has Your Name shows how the life we live emanates from an unseen and often unconscious part of our psyche. Our ability to consciously live a Sophrosune life springs from how mature we are at recognizing and negotiating between the competing demands of our Spiritual, Emotional and Intellectual maturity (or lack of it). It is crucial to recognize that the strongest part of us will rule…and often that strongest part is the most immature and can get us into great difficulties. It might be possible to identify your calling in life and even reach the Port that has Your Name, but unless you have internal awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses, you might find it hard to stay there! This book is designed to help you gain the self-knowledge and self-discipline that is needed to live at the port that has your name.