“How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to their minds the events of the whole day and consider exactly what has been good and bad. Then, without realizing it you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anyone can do this, it costs nothing and is certainly very helpful. Whoever doesn’t know it must learn and find by experience that: “A quiet conscience makes one strong!” – Anne Frank
I firmly believe we are destined to repeat the mistakes we haven’t recognized as mistakes. And often times the only way we come to recognize all of our own mistakes is to take a moment to really sit in silence and be willing to listen to our own conscience, which will help us recognize anything we may have done that has gone against our core values and beliefs.
One of the things I have found to be the most helpful in my life is to take time at the end of each day to quietly sit and really reflect back on what I have gone through that day. I try to review the choices I made, the goals I accomplished, the struggles I had, the mistakes I have made, the things I feel I could have done better, and then I try to recognize the ways I can do better tomorrow.
The days I fail to go through that exercise there is a noticeable difference in how much I grow the next day. It definitely limits my growth if I don’t take time to go through that exercise.
Whereas, the days I do the exercise I become far more self-aware and far more motivated to improve and grow and change for the better.
Doing our best to live each day in accordance with our conscience, being willing to recognize our mistakes and change for the better, we are SO MUCH STRONGER!
Take the time to ponder and be willing to improve because the peace that comes from a quiet conscience is worth it!
~Amy Rees Anderson