The content of my weekly blogs is drawn primarily from ancient Hebrew wisdom literature, while the 2020 format was inspired by James Clear’s “3-2-1” Thursdays. Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each blog will contain One Pillar/Proverb, One Principle and One Practical.
“Do not say. “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.”-Qoheleth, Old Testament Wisdom Teacher
July 1, 2020 marked the first day of the second half of 2020. For many people, this has been a year to forget. In fact, in my home country, Trinidad and Tobago, June 30th, the last day of the first half of the year, was marred by protests and tensions between civilians and the local police. There just seems to be a rumbling global tension and disquiet affecting the very fabric of our societies. At times like this, it becomes easier to think that the old days were better. Everyone’s perspective on that issue will vary depending on their own life situation.
We have no power to change the past, but our future is very much within our hands, against the backdrop of God’s divine will and our willingness to be guided by him. Are you optimistic about the second half of 2020? What about the second half of your life, especially if you are over 35? Every new day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the previous day with gratitude, since life is truly a gift. Each new morning also affords us the chance to look at the future through eyes of faith, not because we are sure of what tomorrow may bring, but because we trust in the majesty and omnipotence of God.
Give proper consideration to answering the following probing question posed by author Ronald Rolheiser as he quoted Teresa of Ávila: “When one reaches the highest degree of human maturity, one has only one question left: How can I be helpful?”
To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.