(Written early 2012)
- firm or unwavering adherence to one’s purpose
As we cross into the new year, many people are inspired to make a resolution or two. This year, I hope to be able to make resolutions that are truly meaningful. By being meaningful, the resolutions in themselves will be worthwhile and easier to keep. Following the above definition, to make a resolution that is significant, we first need to identify our purpose. Finding purpose can be an immense task, so great advice is needed. To uncover purpose in the greatest sense, I find the advice given by Krishna to Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita to be very valuable. In this ancient Hindu text, which centers on how to live, Krishna instructs Arjuna, “Strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world; by devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal of life. Do your work with the welfare of others in mind…What the outstanding person does, others will try to do. The standards such people create will be followed by the world…The ignorant work for their own profit, Arjuna; the wise work for the welfare of the world, without thought for themselves.” This guidance encourages us to have the largest of purposes – to serve others – and in doing so, we work for the good of the world. So how might serving others play into the making and keeping of a New Year’s Resolution? If our purpose is to serve others, we can define our resolutions as offerings. Although how others are served can be direct or indirect, the crucial part is remembering why we are doing whatever we are doing, and how we word our resolutions can impact this. To illustrate this, here are 3 of my resolution-offerings for 2012:
- I will offer to the planet and future generations my devoted use of public transportation, a water bottle and travel coffee mug.
- I will offer one simple (or not so simple) act of service to another person each day.
- I will offer my consistent personal morning pranayama and meditation practice to my interactions with all people. By being more energized and centered, I will be better able to serve others.
What will you offer in 2012? (Please post below) 🙂 I wish you a fantastic new year that is full of meaning!!!