Every life is in the end made up of a succession of moods – happy ones and sad ones, despairing ones and joyful ones. When we’re in our better moods, we sometimes think we might be able to stabilise our moods completely in an optimal direction – and never shift into the more troublesome ones. But the art of living isn’t to banish our moodiness, it’s to learn to navigate it with wisdom and humour.
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“Far more than we are inclined to accept and sometimes even realise, we are creatures of mood: that is, our sense of our value as human beings is prone to extraordinary fluctuation. At times, we know how to tolerate ourselves, the future seems benevolent, we can bear who we are in the eyes of others and we can forgive ourselves for the desperate errors of the past.
And then, at other points, the mood dips and we lament most of what we’ve ever done, we see ourselves as natural targets for contempt, we feel undeserving, guilty, weak and headed for retribution and disaster…”
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