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Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Currently, I am reading The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. There is tremendous wisdom in this book. This passage struck me so much I had to read it over and over. It is powerful and simple. “the three factors that seem to have the greatest influence on increasing our happiness are our ability to reframe our situation more positively, our ability to experience gratitude, and our choice to be kind and generous.” 

Make new determinations

Make new determinations as to what you are going to do and what you are going to be in this next year. Set a program for yourself; carry it through, and you will find how much happier you will be. Failure to keep to your schedule of improvement means you have paralyzed your will. You have no greater friend and no greater enemy than yourself. If you befriend yourself, you will find accomplishment. There is no law of God preventing you from being what you want to be and accomplishing what you want to accomplish. Nothing detrimental that happens can affect you unless you sanction it. -Paramahansa Yogananda

A Case of You by Joni Mitchell

I have listened to Joni Mitchell’s song A Case of You from her album Blue more times than any song. Jackson Browne’s Sky Blue and Black might be a tie. I have been a fan of the television show The Voice since the first season. This season, the first time I heard Addison Agen’s voice, she was the one who grabbed my attention. Last night when I heard the first note of A Case of You, my heart leapt with delight when I realized she was singing my favorite Joni song.  But then she didn’t sing the lyrics I’ve known all these years. In the past, the song lyrics are shortened for the performances. She left out the best lines-the very best lines. .  I’m frightened by the devil
And I’m drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid I remember that time you told me you said
“Love is touching souls”
Surely you touched mine
‘Cause part of you pours out of me
In these lines from time to time
Oh, you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

She sang the song beautifully. I adore her voice. I downloaded the song on iTunes hoping the lyrics would be correct. They aren’t correct. And in her version she thinks Joni used a cartoon poster not a cartoon coaster. I forgive her since she is 16 and has no idea about bar coasters and doesn’t know Joni is an artist.

In 2013 when James Wolpert sang Joni’s song A Case of You,  my heart stopped in amazement listening to his perfect version. I wanted him to win that season which he didn’t but I still believe his version is right up there just a smidgen behind Joni. I also adore Diana Krall’s version of the song.

That is all I have to say. I’m going to listen to a case of Joni. Here are the perfect lyrics from Joni’s web page.

A Case Of You

by Joni Mitchell

Just before our love got lost you said
“I am as constant as a northern star”
And I said “Constantly in the darkness
Where’s that at?
If you want me I’ll be in the bar”

On the back of a cartoon coaster
In the blue TV screen light
I drew a map of Canada
Oh Canada
With your face sketched on it twice
Oh you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

Oh I could drink a case of you darling
Still I’d be on my feet
oh I would still be on my feet

Oh I am a lonely painter
I live in a box of paints
I’m frightened by the devil
And I’m drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid

I remember that time you told me you said
“Love is touching souls”
Surely you touched mine
‘Cause part of you pours out of me
In these lines from time to time
Oh, you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

Oh I could drink a case of you darling
And I would still be on my feet
I would still be on my feet

I met a woman
She had a mouth like yours
She knew your life
She knew your devils and your deeds
And she said
“Go to him, stay with him if you can
But be prepared to bleed”

Oh but you are in my blood
You’re my holy wine
You’re so bitter, bitter and so sweet

Oh, I could drink a case of you darling
Still I’d be on my feet
I would still be on my feet

© 1970; Joni Mitchell

Habits

Chapter 1:
I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost. I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2:
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in this same place. But it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3:
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I fall in. It’s a habit—but my eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.

Chapter 4:
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

Chapter 5:
I walk down a different street.

The Want to be Loved

“We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed and beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time.

When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection that keeps us from feeling the world, and often that thin covering is the beginning of a loneliness which, if not put down, diminishes our chances of joy.

It’s like wearing gloves every time we touch something, and then, forgetting we chose to put them on, we complain that nothing feels quite real. Our challenge each day is not to get dressed to face the world but to unglove ourselves so that the doorknob feels cold and the car handle feels wet and the kiss goodbye feels like the lips of another being, soft and unrepeatable.”

  • Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have

 

Accomplishing Power

Never accept karmic limitations. Don’t believe you are incapable of doing anything. Often when you can’t succeed at something it is because you have made up your mind that you cannot do it. But when you convince your mind of its accomplishing power, you can do anything! By communing with God you change your status from a mortal being to an immortal being. When you do this, all bonds that limit you will be broken. This is a very great law to remember. As soon as your attention is focused, the power of all powers will come, and with that you can achieve spiritual, mental, and material success. I have again and again used that power in my life; and you can do so too. I know that power of God can never fail. Though every other power you acquire will bring bits of success that success will not last. But when your attention becomes divinely centralized, it will burn always as a great light that will reveal God.

Paramahansa Yogananda