As the world bids farewell to 2022 and welcomes in the New Year, many of us will reflect back on the year and then look forward to 2023, making well-intended New Year resolutions.
Some will forge their resolutions to improve themselves, physically or mentally. For others, it will be to make changes to their lives. Shared between both is a genuine desire to make our lives happier and instill within us a sense of achievement.
Given that we go through the ritual of trying to improve our lives every year, how about taking a new approach when making resolutions - one that is focused on others and not ourselves?
Param Pujya Dadashri, an enlightened being who founded the spiritual science, Akram Vignan has said, "You will not incur any loss or experience any obstacles in life if it is spent serving and obliging others. All your wishes will be fulfilled provided you remain free from interference and restlessness, but if you do not, then none of your wishes will be fulfilled. Restlessness will not allow you to sleep at night. These wealthy businessmen are not able to sleep for days because all they have done throughout their lives is cheat and rob people.
So be obliging. If you are going somewhere, ask people if you can run an errand for them while you are out. What is wrong with asking? Someone may tell you that they don't trust you, so in that case, ask for their forgiveness. Those who do trust you, be sure to help them."
So come, herald in 2023 with something different – make a resolution, as Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan suggests, where you are focused on serving and obliging others – and in turn experience the tremendous and transformational impact that this has upon your own lives!
Oblige yourself by obliging others and have a truly happy New Year!