The philosopher William James tells the story of two mountain climbers who are faced with a chasm just a bit wider than they’ve ever had to jump in the past. One believes he can, the other has grave doubts. Paraphrasing James, the key question becomes “Who has the better chance of making it across? The one who believes he can, or the one who is sure he can’t?” People who hope to find happiness in life must prepare to make an even more basic choice: to take the risk of believing that regardless of how things look at any given time, all will be well.
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