Year ends and year beginnings are times many people think about goals and what they want to accomplish in the coming weeks and months.

And goals essentially suggest that there is a desired state we haven’t yet achieved – but with careful planning and execution, we can make it happen.

But as we think about what will bring us happiness, we want to be sure we are looking in the right place. If we think that a certain level of money, health, societal position, family relationships, or anything else external to our core being-ness will bring us joy, then we will be disappointed.

Consider these lines from A Course in Miracles:

Seek not outside yourself. For it will fail, and you will weep each time an idol falls. (T-29.VII.1)

Nothing external will ever bring us lasting joy. Temporary satisfaction at best, but often at the cost of increased fear.

Instead, we’re encouraged to return to the “stately calm within” – which is our choosing the mind of spirit instead of the ego.

That’s where our true treasure resides, and that’s where we remember our connection with the infinite.