"There is nothing new under the sun" was written almost 3000 years ago by King Solomon, and it's still true today. That's how truth works. It's true in every situation, in every time period, for every one. Yet, from one year to the next, one day to the next, even one moment to the next, we often forget the truths we've known.
For example, I spent a lot of quiet time in reflection for my last blog, contemplating my life's purpose. Once that solidified in my mind and heart, I felt as though I'd taken a step forward, as though I could and should be more intentional in every future interaction, as though I'd come to a new place, a better place, in my life.
The thing is that I've known quiet time, self-reflection, devotions (whatever you want to call them) are essential for keeping myself balanced, clear-sighted, and positive. And yet, for the last ten months, I've forgotten that truth. I've jumped out of bed each morning and hit the ground running. Because of no quiet time, I've become overwhelmed. Because of no quiet time, I've grown confused, foggy, unclear. Because of no quiet time, I've even, on occasion, gone into full-blown panic mode.
I've sabotaged myself by skipping that morning prayer time, that reflection time, that quiet time.
All this to say, I'm probably not going to provide any new insights into life and the world through these therapy sessions, but perhaps I'll remind you and me of a truth we've known but forgotten, or at least misplaced temporarily. So that's my hope for myself and you, my therapist -- to add value to your life by reminding you of the truths you know but are not currently living.
So the first reminder is to add daily quiet times -- intentional quiet times -- into your life again. Use your first one to ponder your life's purpose. Then, once you've decided what you've been called to, map out your plan for living it daily. Life's too short for us to waste ten months. Life's too short for us to waste today.