I've tried religion. I've tried philosophy. I've tried politics.
All have failed me. Each is rife with imperfect systems that inevitably organize people into rivals.
But I need something. I need organizing principles. Without them, I'm a tangled mass of arbitrary impulses.
And so, I've come to making my own mantra.
It has changed over the years. I'm constantly tinkering with it.
It gets longer, and then I cut it down. I read it to myself every morning and at random times throughout the day. It really does help.
So, without further ado, here's the current version:
Let me know what you think of it.
- Be grateful for this day. You do not deserve it. But you're here. Enjoy it.
- Whatever happens today, greet it with gratitude and wonder. This day shall never come again.
- Whatever you did yesterday is done. Hopefully, it prepared you for today. But, even if it didn't, you're here. Do your best.
- You don't have to have a reason for what you do. But it helps. The better the reason, the more it helps.
- Love is all that matters. Express it. Accept it. Love is what makes life worth the struggle. Love much. Love well.
- Beware of selfishness. It will lead you to the wrong choices. Your appetites can drive people away. Selflessness is the proper expression of love. Helping others is the best way to help yourself.
- People matter more than experiences, which matter more than things. Let this be the way you prioritize your choices and actions.
- And have some fun.