Life without a purpose is a languid, drifting thing; every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves, “This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught.” Thomas Kempis
A whole year has passed since you started journaling. Congratulations on keeping up with your writings. Now, take time to review what value this spiritual practice has brought to your life.
Do you feel closer to God? What has changed? What is new in your life? What has passed away? What challenges have you overcome? What new wisdom do you possess? How have you grown spiritually?
A good beginning makes a good ending.
Life is full of stops and starts, beginnings and endings. Everything has a lifespan, a designated birth and assigned death. Things have to end so that we may have new beginnings. Death has to occur so resurrection can follow. It is natural and normal to mourn the loss and feel the sadness of an ending.
Some endings are joyful. We are always glad to end a spoiled relationship or unfulfilling job. There is a feeling of accomplishment at having ended a struggle or overcome a difficult challenge.
You can try to delay the inevitable, but things that need to end will always do so. There is a natural process that will occur if you don’t stand in the way. Don’t try to keep things alive that need to expire. Let go of your fear.
There is delight in singing, though none hear beside the singer.
There is cause to celebrate. You have made it through another year. You have faced your challenges, solved your problems, and somehow come through it all without too much damage.
Use this journal to make a list of your top three successes this past year. It is important for you to see your progress and notice how much you have grown. Once you have made your list, decide how you want to celebrate your successes. It’s time to party!
Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own.
There is never going to be a time in your life when absolutely everything is perfect. There will always be some issue to face, challenge to overcome, or problem to solve. That is the nature of human experience.
This is why it is so important to take delight in those moments in life of sheer pleasure and ecstasy. Wallow around in the joy of friends and family as they come together. Let yourself be absorbed in those joyful moments. Lose yourself in gladness.
Set down your burdens for a while, and take refuge in those moments in life when nothing can disturb your happiness. You can always pick up your troubles later. They will be waiting for you. However, you will notice they have somehow become lighter.
To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.
Wherever children play and laugh, you may be sure that God is present. Our Creator takes pleasure and joy in Its creation. Life is not meant to be a burden. It was created for joy and ease. Children know this. That’s why their primary activity is play.
Try to get back in touch with your childlike nature today. Go play. Spend time with someone who makes you laugh. Go see a comedy or watch a comedian on television.
Regardless of what challenges you have faced, try to end this year in joy. Bring to mind all of the joyful moments you have had this year. Make a list of the top three.
When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment. Unknown
You are growing in wisdom. You are learning about love. You are facing your fears. You are coming into your own authority. You are becoming authentic.
Each experience in your life brings you closer to God. Every challenge you face and overcome teaches you how powerful you really are. With each passing year, you mature spiritually.
Spiritual maturity has a side effect called contentment. It arrives gracefully, as a peaceful knowing that all is well. You begin to live a serene life, unmoved and unaffected by the chaos of human life. When others are crazed and worried, you remain calm and peaceful. Enjoy this contentment. Make your home in it.
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Author Dennis Prager realized that most people tend to regard the pursuit of happiness as selfish, as opposed to a moral demand. He writes, “When we think of character traits, we rightly think of honesty, integrity, moral courage, and acts of altruism. Few people include happiness in any list of character traits or moral achievements.”
Happiness is an important way of contributing to the world and making it a better place. Sharing your happiness could be one of the greatest gifts you’ll ever give.