Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy

Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy

Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy


New Beginning

Every day of our life is a new beginning, not just the first day of the year. We can make Daily Resolutions, not just New Year Resolutions.   Any day is suitable for making them.

In this article, I will invite you to regard every day as the beginning of your new, better, and happier life. I will encourage you to start every day of the year 2022 with feelings of happiness and with the anticipation that great and wonderful things are going to happen.

Regardless of your circumstances, begin every day of the year with a smile, hope and expectations. You are not cheating yourself, because this attitude, if you persevere with it, would make you a more positive and happier person.    Every day, restate your goals and your decisions for your new, happy and successful life. At the same time, be open to new ideas and opportunities, and for ways to achieve your goals.   We ask God to bless this aspiration!

I promise you: If you look at each day as new beginning, you will feel happier, more energetic and more motivated.   This new beginning is a chance to become a version of yourself that didn’t exist before. It is filled with lessons, experiences, and wisdom that you will have for life.

Experience has shown that life doesn’t have to be perfect for us to be happy with it.   We don’t have to wait for life to be a certain way to be happy. In fact, we can be happy as we are. Up or down, ahead or behind, society makes us think that we have to achieve certain goals in life to be happy.

My life has unraveled a couple of different times, and I have realized that the outside circumstances no longer dictate my happiness. I am convinced that if I am not happy now, most likely I am not going to be happy when I get to my destination.   We become happy tomorrow by being happy today. We choose happiness on an ongoing basis so happiness isn’t fickle or fleeting.

There have been times when I have felt like starting over and having a new beginning is a failure. It isn’t. One can use this rock bottom place in one’s life as a springboard to create the life one aspires to live.  Often, people make New Year Resolutions, but either do nothing to carry them out, or start and then quit. This creates feelings of frustration, unhappiness and failure.  The fact is, we don’t have just one opportunity to carry out a decision or achieve a goal. If we failed to carry them out, we don’t need to wait for the beginning of the next year. We can make a new resolution every day, and we can start again every day, if we failed in our first, second or even third attempt.

There are no limitations on making new decisions and forming new goals, and there are no limitations on when to begin doing new things. Every day is suitable for making a resolution and a new beginning.  I invite you to always believe and remind yourself that, ‘Every day is a new beginning and the start of your new life’ The question is whether you carry through what you decided and promised.   This is most important. What’s the use of making decisions and promises, but not following them through? Pause:

‘Do you make New Year Resolutions? If you do, do you try to carry them out?
If you begin to carry them out, do you persevere until you accomplish them’?

Experience has shown it is simple and easy to make New Year Resolutions, or any other decision at any other time of the year. Often, these resolutions or decisions are made in response to some emotion.  However, people quite soon, lose the motivation and enthusiasm, and continue living the same kind of life, without doing anything to improve them.  This is why we need to make resolutions and repeat them every day.  It is not enough to state them just once, when the New Year begins.  We need to repeat our resolutions every day, with belief and faith, and be willing to do whatever necessary to accomplish them. It is not enough to repeat the words with our lips!

We need to keep expecting success, happiness and health, no matter in what circumstances we live.  This attitude would trigger our subconscious mind to help us and motivate us. We might wish there was some kind of magic to carry out our decisions, promises and goals. There is, and it is made of motivation, persistence, willpower and self-discipline. These are the powers that would change your life and make it interesting, happy and fulfilling!

“Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.”  (Oprah Winfrey)

Scholasticah Nganda rsm
Kenyan Province

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