“….be of good cheer.”

William Alger’s 1881 book “The School of Life” tells us that

“the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.”

Why?

William observes that if a lot of us look closely at our “Experience,” we will be reminded of “the blessings we have enjoyed….the deliverances we have received, the perplexities that have been cleared up, the afflictions that have been compensated” — and “the reliableness of the laws that hold the world together, the stable and regular beneficence of the order by which we live in time and space.”

These are assurances for us to have Faith , William points out, “that after every storm the sun will smile.”

The author of “Six Lighted Windows: Memories of Swamis in the West”, writes of feeling “grumpy” owing to various challenges he faced during a phase of his monastic life. He recalls letting his Teacher, Swami Yatiswarananda, know about this. The Teacher, from far away in India, replied to him with words of great empathy, and added this exhortation: “Give up all depression and always be of good cheer.”

Peace 😊

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