What will it take to choose a positive alternative to anger, disappointment, resignation – whatever your chronic response is when things don’t go as expected or preferred? The Zanders have a few suggestions in their slim volume The Art of Possibility. Choosing wisely after all, is nothing less than Jesus expects of us. Aristotle offers similarly wise counsel:
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
And if, as Oswald Chambers suggests, true joy comes from living on purpose – making choices in line with our divine nature – excellence becomes the art of possibility in practice, the harvest of which is joy, the central element of our nature as God’s image and likeness.