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THOUGHT OF THE MONTH
MAKING A NEW START
By THE IMPERATOR
[H. Spencer Lewis]
[From The Rosicrucian Digest February 1938]
IT ALWAYS seems logical to editorial writers and newspaper men, and persons who have monthly messages to give, to use the first month of the year as an opportunity to say something about making a new start for the New Year. When we stop to realize that the New Year does not begin on January 1st in all parts of the world, we find that while we in the Western World may be talking about the start of a New Year, there are millions of others in other parts of the world talking about the ending of a year, or looking forward to a New Year.
And just why should any of us feel that January is the right time to start anew in regard to business, health, social affairs or anything else? It is far more logical to look upon the sunrise of each day as a new beginning, and to figure that each day represents opportunities for more new starts than could be crowded into any one period of the year. In other words, we have three hundred and sixty-five new starts or new beginnings each year instead of the few we thought of on New Year's Day, or can think of on this February day.
And it is never too late at ten o'clock in the morning, or at noontime or late in the evening to make a new start in any direction. In the first place, we do not make a new start unless what we have been doing has been wrong or unfortunate or unsatisfactory, and we do not make a new start unless there is some special opportunity that affords us all the advantages of beginning something that we have wanted to do or should do. Why, then, should we think that any one day in the year is any more important in this regard than any other day? There is no day in the year in which we cannot find errors in our procedure, mistakes in our conceptions, failures in some of our plans, and weaknesses in our separate scheme of things.
It is at such moments, when we realize these errors or mistakes or failures, that we should turn about and start anew. How foolish it would be for any individual who is proceeding along any special line in business or social affairs to say, "I will wait until the end of the year and do differently with the beginning of the New Year!" In most of the serious matters of life, days and hours are important when errors are being made or mistakes or misconceptions manifest themselves in our plans and our activities. Why, therefore, should we wait until the end of the year or the beginning of a New Year to change something that should be changed instantly? And there is no better time to change our course of activity or our course of thinking or living than to do it when we discover or realize that we have been in error.
So I am not going to say to all of our members and readers in this issue of The Rosicrucian Digest that I hope each member has made a new start and a new beginning for 1938, but I will say most sincerely that I hope that the coming twelve months will prove even more happy and more successful than the past year, and that each one will take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead to make such improvements or changes as will afford every opportunity for individual abilities and powers to make the best of manifestations.
By the time this issue of The Rosicrucian Digest reaches most of you, the year of 1938 will have made a good start, and you will have had enough days in the New Year to determine what your course and plan will be. But even the captain of a good ship will change the course of that ship after it has been under way for some time if he finds it advantageous or of benefit.
Perhaps the most important thing that most of us should change, at any time in the year and any year in the century, is our course of thinking and the resulting course of procedure in our living. There is another great change all of us can always afford to make, and that is to determine that we shall apply and use our special God-given abilities and faculties to the very best advantage.
Throughout the world today mighty changes are taking place. At the end of 1938 we will be able to look back, as we did a few months ago, and see that the past year was fraught with many important changes. Life is composed of changes, and progress is a result of changes that are improvements. Failure in life consists of changes that were detrimental. Man possesses the will power to choose, to decide, to determine, and with persistency carry out his decisions. Our organization has been making many changes throughout the past year, and will continue to make many improvements and changes during the coming year, and we hope all our members and readers will keep pace with us in making life better individually and collectively for mankind.
A careful study and analysis of the teachings and lessons that go forward to our members each week will enable them gradually to remold their lives and rearrange their courses in life to their greater happiness, prosperity and health.
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We bear within us the epitome of the whole history of worlds. He who should contrive to revive those memories would be the master of life and death. He would have nothing more to learn.--Maeterlinck.
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