– Charles Bukowski
Every day – indeed, every moment – we are presented with a choice to choose life in the form of hope, cheerfulness, joy and peace, or to surrender to death in the form of apathy, depression, anxiety or hopelessness. None of us can escape death, but every one of us can choose to enjoy each day we’re given in this world. Stretching to think as we need to think in order to feel as we desire to feel is a strenuous spiritual workout; like physical workouts, the more we exercise, the better shape we get in spiritually, and the easier every workout gets. At some point, we start to feel comfortable in our spirits and the world around us the way a well trained athlete feels comfortable in her body. We then move with grace and ease, and become capable of performing extraordinary spiritual feats.