As I join Baha’is around the world in celebrating the Baha’i New Year known as Naw-Ruz, the last month of the Baha’i Calendar just before Naw-Ruz is the fasting period for Baha’is, and it was a perfect time for me to reflect on, and plan, what goals I want to set myself for the new year.
As we are encouraged by the Universal House of Justice to adopt a humble posture of learning — learning which takes place through prayer, planning, action and reflection — I thought I would create a list of questions to ask myself in order to help me reflect on and plan my own personal New Year resolutions.
I’ve decided to share this list of questions in case it may be of any use to you, (and I’ve left out my answers), but I’d love to hear about the questions you’ve been asking yourself, and/or what learnings you’ve had over the last year and how you hope to work on them if you think it would be appropriate to share (keeping in mind that it’s not about confessions of course). You can leave your comments in the ‘Comments’ section found at the bottom of this article.
Here’s the list:
1. Am I approaching my service activities with a ‘humble posture of learning’?
2. In what ways can I improve my study of the Writings and the Plans and letters of the Universal House of Justice?
3. Am I contributing to the Plan set before us by the House of Justice and exerting the “herculean labour”1 needed to achieve these goals?
4. Am I ensuring that my conversations are elevated and meaningful?
5. Is there anything that I’ve started and really need to finish this year?
6. How can I personally help strengthen and support the activities in my community?
7. What are my plans to accompany others in my neighborhood and the activities I’m engaged in?
8. How can I incorporate the idea of prayer, planning, action and reflection into not only my Baha’i activities, but into my personal life as well?
9. What are some of the major learnings I’ve had over the last year?
10. What character flaw do I really need to work on and improve this year?
11. What strengths in my character can I use more effectively?
12. Am I being systematic in my service?
13. Is there anyone whom I may have offended or need to repair or strengthen relations with?
14. How am I celebrating the efforts of others and fostering a culture of encouragement?
15. How can I continue to build capacity within myself and amongst those I interact and serve with?
16. How can I improve the quality of those activities I’m engaged in?
17. In what ways can I try to ensure that I am living a coherent life?
18. How can I improve on maintaining my relationship with the Covenant and my relationship with God?
19. How can I practice being more grateful?
Okay that’s my list and I hope this helps.
When I have answered these questions I ask myself “What do my answers say about my priorities?”
What questions have you been asking yourself?
- The Universal House of Justice letter to the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors, 29 December, 2015 [↩]