For the month of August, “The Happiness Project” author Gretchen Rubin tackled a pretty big project, which was to “Contemplate the Heavens”:
I definitely consider myself a religious person. I’ve inherited a very strong faith and I value Catholic education, Mass and sacraments.
This chapter of Rubin’s book was about more than religion, though.
- Read memoirs of catastrophe
- Imitate a spiritual master
- Keep a gratitude notebook
These ideas didn’t resonate for me this month. I’ve certainly done the first, and since Jesus counts as a spiritual master, I spend my life attempting to do the second.
As for gratitude, I’ve tried the notebook approach before, but couldn’t stay consistent (which is what happened with the author as well). I do, however, take time every day to be thankful for all of the blessings I have in my life.
I don’t think it would be appropriate to start rambling about what I have, especially when there may be readers out there who are struggling with what they don’t. I would, however, like to share a quote that, while biblical, can be applied in all sorts of contexts regardless of your beliefs:
“To whom much is given, much will be expected.” (Luke 12:48)
Are we meeting the expectations?