The dawn of a new year – and with it many resolutions, plans, goals and to-do lists! How much do your resolutions help you? What if what you’ve been doing year after year still leaves you dissatisfied, and what will YOU DO differently this year?
We often complicate matters, but beginning a new year intentionally is really simple. “Know what makes you tick”. Hey, I said “simple” not “easy”. Knowing the “why” behind what we do and don’t do is the biggest challenge. Yet rather than look at it, we often stick with what’s familiar. Albert Einstein had a few thoughts on that: “Insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.” If I merely hope for something different to happen TO ME but continue DOING THE SAME as I’ve always done, then this year WILL BE much THE SAME as any other. This is neither my intention nor my modus operandi (style). Two of my intentions this year are: “Be Keda” and “Be happy.” I get down to basics when it comes to new year intentions.
Getting back to the basics for me means clarifying my core passions (peace, truth, happiness and love). It means honestly assessing how my behaviour, my life and my and plans express these core passions. When I encounter challenges and times get tough, these basics remind me why I persevere. If I lose sight of WHY I do what I do, it becomes tough to remain focused. Work can feel like an exercise in futility and one can start to feel like a hamster on a wheel. Therefore, I take time out at the beginning of the year to re-orient on what I want; and why I want it. I don’t do this by acquiring New Year’s resolutions. I release Old Year’s baggage.
This morning, I waited patiently to witness the sunrise – through a snowy and overcast sky. I thought about this New Year and what I’m in the midst of doing in the current moments. Between work, family, business, etc. there is so much planning and work – all of which can get complex and engrossing. Yet in the presence of such a simple and profound event as that of a sunrise, all the planning and busyness diminish. To me, the sunrise is a reminder that there is always something more significant, simpler and yet more fundamental to our existence than some of the stuff we focus upon at the beginning of the year.
So how do we encourage ourselves from year to year – without self-sabotage, harsh judgment, undue pressure, etc? We can start by asking some simple and straightforward questions – not the usual types about money, weight, power and success. I’m referring to questions like: “What makes me happy?”
What is at the core of what you want? How much of your life reflects the essence of who you are and what you truly want to do? We may avoid the questions because the answers can sometimes shatter facades we would prefer to keep intact. However, if you are ready for change, you must also be ready to change. How is living – or not living – your Passion/Truth influencing your entire life? How would New Year’s Resolutions change that for you?