Do you know yourself? How much have you changed in the past year? What areas have you improved on in the past year? What areas have you digressed on in the past year?
In my struggles to improve myself, I take assessments of myself periodically. Usually this is prompted by prayer. I realize I will never be satisfied with the current version of myself until after my time in Purgatory is done. I always ask God to help me make a better Paul. He does not do this without my consent.
Lately some of my old bad habits have crept back into my life (some old versions of Paul). When this happens the Holy Spirit helps me feel disgusted with myself. I have been going through a major reassessment and cleaning of childhood wounds because of my mother’s death, one year ago. Needless to say God has been lecturing me a lot.
All throughout my sales career I have relied on goal setting and visualization. These two tools give the subconscious an obsession and programming correction. Applying these tools in order to obtain a better version of myself, I have come up with the following things to meditate on. I hope that you will have to for your own life. I share this because I love you even though I have never met and do not know you.
Reading the next paragraphs, change them to apply to your life, then meditate on them every day.
Life is work. Working on life is freedom. Freedom is real fun. The Catholic Church is the body of Christ. Christ is life.
I have freedom from: money, food, fat, using other people, clouded judgment, sin, death, and self.
I am/do: Catholic, athletic, healthy, wealthy, giving, responsible, reliable, humble, a roof estimator, a resource, a counselor, a healer, God’s will, thin, and clean. I am not alone.
I/we (the Holy Spirit and I): pray, work out, eat healthy foods, love, respond, own up to my mistakes, work my job, help people, listen and advise, massage and empathize, obey God, eat right, clean everything, trust God and accept and love people for who they are. I allow myself to feel others love for me.