Another new year just the corner... na interesting topic was discussed at sikhchic.com.... New Year Resolutions 1 The turn of the year has long been a popular juncture to stop and look back at not only the past year but also at one's life to date, and assess it according to our personal life-long aspirations, hopes and desires. Have the last few months met our expectations? Have we succeeded in our goals? Why did we falter on some of them? 2 Based on how we look at our recent past, we also take time to look ahead at the coming twelve months ... and the years to follow ... and make resolutions as to how we wish to conduct ourselves, or what we want to achieve, which challenges we think are uppermost and need to be tackled with priority. 3 These are very personal and private moments and the more honest we are with ourselves, the more useful and fruitful the whole exercise becomes. 4 As members of the worldwide Sikh Sangat, we are - to borrow a phrase from an old Chinese proverb - "living in interesting times". Not that we have ever in our five centuries history NOT lived during ‘interesting times'. 5 However, the fact is that as Sikhs our work is cut out - there are no ifs and buts about it - for each one of us. We live in a world full of challenges and we need to address them, both individually and collectively, if we are to leave the world a better place for our children, than we found it. 5 This week's topic deals with what we want to do individually, at the personal level, to shoulder the collective burden, to solve the community's problems, to address the issues we face as a community which spans the globe. QUESTIONS TO PONDER - Will you make some resolutions with respect to the needs of the community? - What will you do, for example, when you wake up on January 1, 2010 - and for the twelve months thereafter - to do your bit to help the Sikh community? - Will you change your personal patterns vis-à-vis community issues? - Each one of us has opinions on what needs to be fixed, or how it can be fixed. The question then is, what as individuals are we willing to do to help? - What will you want to change at the micro level? What are you able to change? What are you willing to change? - Volunteer? Contribute? Support? Participate? Daswandh? - At home? At work? At play? On the computer? At the gurdwara? - Is there something new you can do with your children vis-à-vis Sikhi? With your friends, neighbours, colleagues ... to increase better awareness, for example? Or, by example? Please Note: These questions are NOT about big or mega-projects. They are about little, personal things; small projects; a cottage industry of strategic, committed, focused, finely-honed, fun-filled activities ... which bring a lot of joy in the doing, and make a measurable difference in our lives.