Will vs. grace


Originally I wrote that last sentence differently. I wrote, “I am lucky: I am fit and healthy…”

But it’s not luck. Not really. It’s all about making choices, and then making them happen.

– from Manifesto for Microadventures

It’s interesting how we are trained to think about luck or grace. What he expresses there is, in a sense, the myth of the personal will, and I understand how it can appear that way. I understand how thoughts may say: “Luck has nothing to do with it. My will, and what I decide to do, is not luck. It’s what I decide to do.” And how mind may take it as true or not.

To me, it’s “luck” and grace to have the ability to make that choice, and make it happen. Infinite things has to fall into place for that to be there. What a thought may label choice, or will, or actions is all pure grace. Life has to agree, it has to make it available and set everything up for that to happen. When a thought says “I did that”, it comes after infinite things falling into place, it comes after what’s pure grace throughout. And that thought is also infinite things falling into place for just that thought to appear, and be identified with or not.

Anything is grace, both what a thought says is good and what I want, and what a thought says is not good and what I don’t want.

It’s all life setting it up, infinite things coming together, for what’s here to happen.



– interesting, where we put it
– for me, lucky if I am able to make those choices and make them happen, lucky if life agrees/supports it
– if life does not agree, won’t happen
– something i have lived/learned over the last few years, with cf

– it’s grace if life agrees/makes it available, and if life is not agreeing that’s grace too

– the mythology of will power, personal will
– can certainly appear that way, and if look a little closer appears differently


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