Two years ago, in January 2019, I wrote an essay for the San Francisco society magazine The Nob Hill Gazette. It’s entitled “This Year Of Grace,” a reference to the city’s iconic Grace Cathedral, as well as a play by Noel Coward.
So much has changed since then that it’s worth sharing again on this first day of a new year.
Drawing on the work of a Jungian author I’m fond of, I use the idea of the cathedral as a symbol of the developed self. There’s also a section about using the website Pinterest to perfect the style of your wardrobe or home, as well as using it to help visualize what your ideal life might look like.
Here’s a snippet:
A wise doctor once noted that if there’s something wrong with society, then there’s something wrong with the individual. And if there’s something wrong with the individual, then there’s something wrong with me. Nearly everyone seems to be suffering from some mysterious malaise, riled up by the news served via the hemlock-cup of social media, perpetually anxious and unable to ascertain why, downing booze and pills to sleep, then running all day on caffeine and sugar. That this madness is occurring in the most advanced and comfortable civilization the world has ever known is quite perplexing. Then again, the ancients had gods and rituals; we have celebrities and shopping.
The image-gathering website Pinterest features prominently in the piece, and, since writing it, I’ve continued to use the site daily to create different “inspiration boards.” These are invaluable in helping tap the depths and bring up to consciousness the man you wish to become. Consider giving it a try; if you can get in the zone, you may be surprised by what you find.
Follow this link below for the full piece, and here’s to a great year of looking and feeling your best — or at least better than you did last year. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD