Today, don't try so hard to be a good person: to be cheerful and orderly and kind. Don't put forth so much effort, as if you aren't already what-you-hope-to-be, as if it takes great force of will to overcome your sloth and selfishness. Instead, know that Life is living through you. Love is loving through you. Soul is creating through you. Being is being you. This takes more yielding and gratitude and less trying.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.