Living Your Principles: A Christmas Day Reflection

Written by Sander Dammingh

Embodiment coach


“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

Charles Dickens

As the festive lights twinkle and the world slows down to celebrate Christmas Day, it’s the perfect time for us to pause and delve into a journey of self-discovery. Today, more than any other day, invites us to reflect on our life’s journey – are we living in alignment with our deepest principles and values?

The Essence of Reflection

Reflection is the mirror to our soul. It allows us to look deeply into our actions, thoughts, and feelings. On this special day, let’s ask ourselves: What are the principles that guide us? How do these principles manifest in our daily lives? This self-inquiry is the first step towards living a more purposeful and fulfilling life.

Aligning Actions with Values

Living in accordance with our principles isn’t always easy. It requires constant vigilance and a willingness to make difficult choices. Today, take a moment to assess how your daily actions align with your core values. Are you nurturing relationships that reflect your principles? Are your career and personal choices in harmony with your beliefs?

The Power of Gratitude

Gratitude is a cornerstone of a fulfilled life. On Christmas Day, let’s count our blessings and recognize the abundance in our lives. Whether it’s health, family, friends, or personal achievements, acknowledging these gifts can deepen our understanding of what truly matters.

Moving Forward with Intention

As the day unfolds, think about the small changes you can make to live more authentically. Setting intentions for the coming days can be a powerful way to start realigning your life with your principles.

Embracing Your Journey

Christmas Day is more than a holiday; it’s an opportunity for introspection and growth. By reflecting on our principles, aligning our actions, practicing gratitude, and setting intentions, we can ensure that we’re not just living, but thriving with purpose and joy.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”


Practical Exercise

Personal Reflection Journal At the end of the day, take some time to write in a journal. Reflect on the following prompts:

  • List three principles that are most important to you.
  • Describe how these principles were reflected in your actions and decisions today.
  • Identify one area where your actions did not align with your principles and contemplate how you can improve this alignment.
  • Express gratitude for three things you experienced today.


  1. How often should I reflect on my principles?
    • Regular reflection, such as weekly or monthly, can be very beneficial to maintain alignment with your principles.
  2. Can principles change over time?
    • Absolutely. As we grow and experience life, our principles may evolve. It’s important to periodically reassess them.
  3. How can I stay true to my principles in difficult situations?
    • Having a clear understanding of your principles helps. Also, seeking support from like-minded individuals can provide strength in challenging times.
  4. What if my principles conflict with my current lifestyle?
    • Recognize this as an opportunity for growth. Consider small steps you can take to bring your lifestyle more in line with your principles.
  5. How does gratitude help in living by my principles?
    • Gratitude shifts your focus from what’s lacking to what’s abundant in your life, aligning your mindset with your principles.

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