Kaizen Journaling is 4 today. Like most birthdays and anniversaries…on the one hand it feels like I have been doing this forever, but on the other hand these four years have flown by.
Let me first begin with two things I’m thankful for:
First: I’m thankful that I can do this, that Kaizen Journaling has continued to grow over the years. It’s a privilege.
Second: I’m thankful to all of you, Kaizen Warriors. Without your presence, without your support, this journey would not be what it is. So thank you for being here, for being my fellows on this personal development journey where we are all trying and aiming for a Kaizen life.
Now, I would like to share four truths I’ve confirmed from four years of Kaizen Journaling:
It is about the journey
My journey to Kaizen Journaling began long before this website itself. But even in this four years, it has been a literal and metaphorical journey. Just by the nature of this project – personal development and journaling – it affects and is affected by my life. It would not be an overstatement to say that my life is drastically different from what it was on 17th April 2012. And fortunately, that change has been for the better. I’m pursuing my Kaizen Life with more passion and more dedication than ever before.
For every moaner, there is one smiley person.
The world is full of whiny, negative people. You will find them everywhere. But for every one of them, there is also one positive person. Someone who smiles a lot, and brings smiles on everyone else’s face. You just need to look around more, and return smiles more often. Like does attract like. So if you find yourself surrounded by miserable people, keep walking, until you find someone who enhances your life by being in it. Don’t settle.
People are pretty damn impressive.
Over these four years, I have had the privilege to hear from many of you. You have shared your stories, opened your life and your heart. I’m amazed at what some of you have been through, and yet you continue to strive forward positively. It’s just another confirmation for me that none of us are alone in wanting to make the best of our lives, that we find the strength somehow to get up and keep going regardless of what life throws at us. It’s a confirmation of hope…that for all its faults, we – the humans – live in hope.
You, and you alone, hold the key to your happiness.
I come across many many negative and pessimistic people. I come across many people who seem to blame their situations in life, the government, or other people for their unhappiness. The hard truth is this: you and you alone are responsible for your happiness or your misery. Yes, other people, external circumstances can impact it, it can throw you off course and cause you hardships, but it’s up to you to decide how you respond to it. No one, and I mean no one, has a life without problems. What separates the happy people from miserable ones are the choices they make. Read this article to take control of your daily happiness and simple pleasures.
So that’s it. As I take this step into the 5th year of Kaizen Journaling, I hope you will stick with me. I have many plans for Kaizen Journaling though right now not much time to implement them, but I will get there, slowly but surely. However, Kaizen Journaling still stands for the same thing. If you have forgotten, check out the manifesto. If you want more support on your journaling journey, check out Kaizen Journaling Academy.
As always, feel free to contact me with any thoughts, stories you want to share.
Thank you for being here!