This is the time of year when we all like to review the course of our lives and tweak our trajectory to help ensure our direction remains true to our heart. Here then are my personal resolutions for 2017. Please feel free to hold me to them and post your own if you feel brave!
1. Recognising that there is more to life than simply going faster, I resolve to slow down in 2017 in order to appreciate the wonder around me right now rather than pursue a future that is not guaranteed.
2. Aware that the most important thing I have to do right now is the thing I am currently doing, I resolve to live deeply in the moment. If I worship, I worship with all my heart. If I listen, I listen with all my attention. If I drink tea, I drink tea with perfect mindfulness.
3. Knowing that 2017 will bring untold suffering to millions, I resolve to live in such a way that helps relieve the suffering of those I am in contact with and helps reduce the overall burden that my life places on the world around me.
The secret with changing your life is to make small changes consistently and review those decisions continually. Don’t wait until you’re a billion miles off course before you try to course-correct or the new direction won’t last long. Instead, make a little tweak then another little tweak until you’re lined up with where you want to go. Don’t become obsessed with getting where you’re going though – the destination is absolutely secondary to the journey! Review every evening. Take a few moments before you go to bed to take a look at how you have lived your day. Was it congruent to the decisions you made at the beginning of the year about the type of journey you wanted to take? Do you need another small course-correction?
May 2017 be your best year ever and may you find rest for your heart and joy in the journey. May your path be filled with light, your valleys be filled with hope, and every step be filled with peace.
Tom & Jo xx