“I wake up every morning and check if I am in a state of grace,” a 31 year-old Leonard Cohen told an interviewer in 1965.
Every morning of your life, you choose whether your soul is in a state of grace or not. Now, whether or not this is a conscious choice is up to you.
For me, the grace of my soul requires no more than that I choose to live consciously: choosing to be happy – choosing to be excited about MY life – choosing to affirm the gratitude I have for the opportunities that are mine to seize TODAY.
In the words of a young Leonard Cohen: “There are dreams of glory whispering through the wires of my spine.”
I want this everyday.
This is called “a can’t lose attitude”.
Put simply: your wellbeing is your choice; you can have it everyday.
Happiness isn’t the result of a good life but the cause of one.
And while we live in a world of thermometers – people who reflect their environment – YOU CAN be a thermostat – controlling your own; for we are either kings or pawns in this life (Alexander Dumas).
As the ancient proverb reminds us: “The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.”
Remember this; wrap your mind around it; marinate on it.
As I have reinterpreted it: happiness isn’t the result of a good life but the cause of one.
And whether I know all this stuff already or not – and no matter how much I have written it – I will never stop reminding myself of the core tenets that comprise the bedrock of my life and my wellbeing.
If you don’t choose your beliefs about yourself – if you aren’t consciously choosing your beliefs about your relationship to today – they will exist independently of your own power.
And trust me, if you are relying on anything outside of yourself for your wellbeing, you are playing a risky game.
Last time I checked, this world was not exactly in a state of grace. And while that’s unfortunate, it is not in my power nor in my duty to control (Footnote 1/1).
What I know is that I can choose to live in a state of grace REGARDLESS of what happens or has happened in my life; for I rely on that impenetrable thing Emerson referred to as “self-reliance”.
And while it requires a bit more courage, life is far better lived from the saddle than in the carriage.
So giddyup and exercise your will, for that is what you are here to do.
From get up or get ye/thee up.
Footnote 1: There is absolutley nothing wrong with knowing in your heart of hearts that you are a bit better than this savage world you were born into: for it’s a Trump America and the inmates are officially running the asylum.