The start of a new year is always a good time to start working on new resolutions in life.
And though I am two weeks late in writing a post about new year resolutions, I’m sure if you follow my thought-process you can make better decisions for rest of the year.
I admit I am no one to tell you what resolutions to make or what not to make. That’s something that only you get to decide.
But there is a tip I want to give you so that you can separate the right resolutions from the wrong ones in the coming year.
And that tip is nothing but to stick to making fully-conscious choices in your everyday life.
Sometimes, what’s more important than the decision that you make is how you arrive at deciding what’s the right decision to make. At such times the process of decision-making outweighs the decision you need to make.
Because once you understand the right process to follow, you may even realize that you don’t even have to make a decision after all.
You see, following a conscious approach to make your decisions help you differentiate between things that are really important to you and things that only appear to be important to you.
For example, this year one of your resolutions may be to buy a new car, get a new home, or take an expensive vacation. Now, if you think only at a surface-level then all such decisions may seem like a no-brainer to you.
You may think that all such things will make you more happy and satisfied with your life.
But the reality is, even if you achieve all such goals for this year, you will make similar goals again next year and then again every following year. And that’s because there will always be a better car available to buy, there will always be a better place to get a new home, there will always be an unexplored place to plan for your vacation.
There is no end to how many things you can buy or consume, or how many places you can travel within this lifetime.
And therein lies most of your pain and suffering in life.
When there is no end to your goals in life, when you are never able to arrive at a moment in your life when you can say “Yes! I have achieved everything in life. I have met all my goals in life”, what else can remain in you but only a feeling of unhappiness and regret.
But, if on the other hand, you were to make conscious choices in your life you will never let your happiness and peace of mind rely on outside circumstances. You will take full control of your happiness and peace by trying to find it right within you, wherever you are, and with however little you possess in life.
By making conscious choices on a day-to-day basis, you will start to discover that true happiness and peace only exists within and can be had without relying in any way on any outer conditions.
And that’s the key to ultimate peace and joy in life.
Owning a new car or a new home, or traveling to another country, can never compare with the peace that comes from meditating for a single hour.
No happiness that you gain from worldly objects is comparable to the happiness that comes from having a quiet mind and a pure heart which has love and compassion for every being in this planet.
By making conscious choices in your daily life, you not only help yourself live a happier life but also help everyone with whom you come in contact with feel this happiness and peace.
Seeing your peaceful face, others want to be peaceful themselves. Seeing you happy even without any worldly possessions, they learn to be happy with what they have. Seeing you being kind to others, they too feel obliged to be kind to others.
All this, and much more happens, within you and outside you, that not only benefits you but also this planet.
So, this year, let’s strive together to make conscious choices in our life, no matter how hard it may be to practice them, because ultimately that’s the only thing that can bring you and me true happiness in this year and every year after that.
Thank you for giving me your time.