“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.”

Confucius (551 – 479 BCE) was a Chinese philosopher whose teaching and philosophy deeply influenced Eastern thought and his thoughts developed into a system known today as Confucianism. He was a strong proponent of building a harmonious society following the well-known philosophy that people ‘do not do to others what they do not want done to themselves’ – a very early “Golden Rule.”

* In your journal, reflect on the moments of ‘rising’ in your life. Note what you did to bring about that resurrection moment.

  • What were the results?

Consider a time in your life when stresses were such that you became sad, depressed, isolated, distanced from family/support groups/friends and did *not* rise. What consequences were there from that time of ‘rising’?

Have you ever experienced feelings of guild at times when you were unable to rise after falling? Journal about those feelings and consider how you might handle such feelings should similar occasions arise in the future

Reflect on one of the ‘rising’ moments in your life in your journal, noting
– your feelings
– any consequences
– what prompted you to rise

Reflect on the strength, encouragement, energy, healing you received when you picked yourself up from a difficult time in your life.

<The tulip is from my garden and is one of the ones I brought back from the Netherlands. It will “rise again”.


How to use “Soulistry Soul-Questions”
You may want to begin a Journal so your responses are all in one place.

From time to time, a quotation will appear along with accompanying Soul-Questions.  Write the quotation. Add the first question and write your response. 

Take your time in writing your replies. This is your time – these are your answers. 

Then at your leisure, add the second Soul-Question and respond and continue on.  Btw, it helps to put the date after each Soul-Question response.

The “Soul-Questions” group on Facebook can be found www.facebook.com/groups/soulquestions

The “Soul-Questions” website and individual quotes/soul-questions can be found www.soulistry.com/soul-questions-blog-posts

© June Maffin