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As we come to the close of another year, it is vitally important that we take time to reflect back over our life.  Ask yourself some questions.  How was the year? What can I learn from it?

When you do, you will be able to determine what for you are the three most significant events in your life during the year. It could be good or it could be bad. Perhaps you were blessed with the birth of a new member to the family or perhaps you had a child who graduated from high school or college or perhaps you got married. So, to you your event was one of joy.

Perhaps there were events that weren’t happy occasions.  Some may have been beyond your control but others may have been based on your choices. Think about these events or meditate about them to help you to understand them.  Were there obstacles that impeded you from thinking clearly at the time?  Did your spiritual compass guide you or did you ignore it?

Think, too, about your happy times. What made them special? Did you discover joy because of the experience? If so, write down the key steps of that journey to remind you what is most important.

Take a couple of hours to think about highlights of your year and to examine your life now, including the people and events that are part of it.  The beginning of a new year is an excellent opportunity to examine the past and plan for a better future.  Write down some of the obstacles that you think are blocking you from hearing, seeing or believing in your dreams and determine what you are going to do to remove the stumbling blocks next year.

So, never give up! Never give up! Never give up!

Chaplain Walter Ghosten

By Chaplain Ghosten