At this time of year, I used to enjoy making lists of resolutions... things I would commit to doing in the months ahead. The trouble was, I made my happiness dependent upon achieving the goals O set for myself. I'd feel I let myself down when, more often than not, things didn't turn out the way that I'd planned.
As 2015 begins, I'm adopting a different approach...
Quaker Faith & Practice 25.09 advises us to ‘Shun whatever would distract you from your main goal.’ What is my main goal this year? To be who I truly am. To let my light shine. To spread God’s Love.
So the question I'm asking myself is not, ‘What do I want to do with my life this year?’, but ‘How do I want to live?’
If I want to live with love, with peace, with compassion, authenticity, kindness... Then let that be the goal I organise my life around... and let me gently shun whatever distracts me from being loving, peaceful and true to my (highest) Self.
And no, in case you were wondering, I won't be re-joining the gym!
Peter Parr: Quaker, writer, A Course in Miracles student and former member of the British minigolf team. (Actually those are all just roles I play. Words can't describe who any of us really are.)