Wishing you all a fabulous new year! As we say goodbye to the previous year and welcome the new one, it is a time to reflect on the learnings of the past and making a commitment for the future. So many years have gone by and many more to come… It may be worthwhile to look back and gauge the progress one has made through the years.
Have I become a better person than what I was 10 years ago? Am I moving in the right direction on this journey of life? Where I would like to be in 10 or 15 years from now?
Do I just set the milestones in terms of money, position, possessions and title or something more meaningful?
How often do we take the time to reflect on such questions? Often mind is occupied with routine worries and priorities. It is so caught up in day-to-day activities that we often miss the bigger context of life.
As I began to ponder, I began to wonder ‘What is the purpose of my life’? ‘What do I really want’? This is not the first time that I have stumbled upon such questions. It has bothered me many times before – Sometimes it has brought clarity and sometimes more confusion.
Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar once said, “It may be easier to make a list of things that are not the purpose of your life. Through elimination, you may get the clarity you need”. I started to eliminate – Achieving financial success, becoming famous, traveling all over the world, enjoying time with family & friends, to be of help to others. List grew longer. Many items on the list are important to me but didn’t seem to be the end goal. Life feels much larger than that. Then what is it?
And a thought came – it could be all the above. May be I am already doing everything that I need to do. Perhaps, nothing needs to change externally and all that needs to change is my attitude towards it. Am I enjoying every bit of what I do? Do I accept every situation or ‘change in plan’ as a gift from the Divine and smile through it? Can I be ‘unconditionally’ happy and truly enjoy whatever I am doing? Whether it is as mundane as brushing my teeth or as challenging as a life threatening situation?
Yes, that is a worthy commitment to make for the New Year – to drop all conditions on my happiness! Not letting any situation, person or circumstance rob the smile from the heart.
Yes, that’s my commitment for this year. What is yours?