convincement

no-one chooses to
be born and yet — moment by
moment — I choose Life

Quaker By Convincement was the title of a book recommended to me when I was thinking of becoming a Quaker the year I graduated. It’s a very deep mystery to consider how on earth we ever get the sense of having chosen to be who we are. And yet that sense devolves upon me if I let it. Not sure why the term ‘convincement’ popped into my head as a title. It’s like conviction but less aggressive and less trite. It’s also less suggestive of ‘self-willed’. Convincement is where my will is wholly engaged but in some kind of accepting way. Cessation of rebellion.

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