19 Questions I’m Asking Myself for the Baha’i New Year

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?


  1. The Universal House of Justice letter to the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors, 29 December, 2015 []

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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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Discussion 20 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful list that you have so thoughtfully and lovingly put together, Will certainly be sharing and using this!

    Thank you.

    Sean

  2. These questions are really great Naysan, thank you for sharing them with us. I will translate them into german and also share them with some of the friends during our study of the Message of the Universal House of Justice to the Counselors. With loving Baha’i greetings, Paula

  3. Naysan, I love your clarity and conciseness, it is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED, not to mention your services, of course. The question I ask myself most is ” How meaningful is this moment to my soul and to my ego?” loving greetings, Elda

  4. I felt overjoyed when i discoverd dis blog.it realy help strengthen me in the faith again ever since i lost contact with all my nigerian bahai friends ~late mr adewoye,felix itete,azamat olootu,mr&mrs charly/matha german

  5. This is amazing Neysan, it is apparent that during personal reflection, such questions arise but to be sincere, i never thought of breaking them in such an elaborate way and possibly think of answers to them. This is quite something for us to think in a systematic way.My mostly asked question during this fasting was “how do i develop necessary qualities and attutudes to befittingly serve in the capacity am currently serving?”

  6. I have the great grace, because my housekeeper is well known with Bahai in England, Australia. She has wonderful Baha’i friends in England. She is Muslim but knows the scriptures of Baha’u’llah. I can not describe in words what wonderful life I experience every day with this family. We absolutely live in very great love for each other the Baha’i faiths. But they are not yet Baha’i. I am allowed to teach this dear family again and again. They love all religions. I am the happiest Baha’i in the world every day with my domestic help. They are a great gift to me Baha’u’llah s. We do not celebrate a New Year

  7. I can now read and write the different languages ​​better and better. It is going very well. My dear home helps me learn Arabic. Since I am old but learn very fast, these are not a problem for me. I just write how it works in the hope that God will help me to understand the different languages. Also the Sinti and Roma. Baha’i faith makes great, great joy every day. Thank you my beloved Baha’u’llah

  8. What I wanted to say to you dear Naysan: my domestic help is also a certified music teacher at the Bern Conservatory. But finds no job because of the age. Why did the city of Bern hire Ms. Cinar Mir as a domestic help? So we fit together very well. We have the same education. She knows all the scriptures. Hired as a domestic help. So we fit together very well. We have the same education. She knows all the scriptures. Jeden Tag Naw- Ruz

  9. For the first time after being a Bahai for more than half a century I have come across your blog, dear Naysan and I must say that it surely is not by accident! God, Who is closer than “your life-vein has plans for us. If you go to this link, you will know what I have been doing for the last many years:
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