“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 guilt 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’s already beginning to wilt – will die – but then next spring, it will “rise again”. The cycle of life.


How to use “Soulistry Soul-Questions”
You may want to begin a Journal so your responses are all in one place. Write the quotation. Add the first question and write your response. Then follow that process for the remaining questions.

Take your time in writing your reply.

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 and you are welcome to join us for more Soul-Questions.

© June Maffin