Fifty one weeks have passed. Today, the sunrise ushered in the final week of 2018.
As the new year is approaching, I find billboards and airwaves brim with the invitation to enjoy, make merry, shop and dance your nights away.
The chorus being drummed up is subconsciously making us all prone to leaning towards consumption and decadence.
But, this blatant and overt invitation by forces of the market might be steering us away from the start of something beautiful.
Here, I would like to suggest an alternative narrative.
What if instead of falling into the trap of consumption, we make a mindful choice of dividing our precious energy reserve into three parts?
The parts are:
You have spent 51 weeks of this year.
How was the return of investment of that time? How mindfully did you live? What were you triumphs and failures? What did you learn from either?
Contemplation helps one reflect on his life so far, so that his future decisions serve his growth best.
What would you like to do next year? What do you wish to improve on?
How deliberate can you be about fulfilling your deep held dreams?
Who would you like to help?
Resolution helps you set a clear agenda about what you must do with your precious time so that you get the best return from your investment. It helps build a firm, reason based foundation, one that will help you create value out of your time.
Of course, there should be room for merriment in life. You should celebrate your achievements and failures alike, and share energy with people who you love and care about.
Celebration does not entail consumption.
Find a way to celebrate the last day of the year the way you like best, with the people you adore.
Maybe there’s more fun in cooking together with friends and dancing in your apartment with your pet dog in tow, than partying in a pub where pets aren’t allowed, you can’t control the music and you’re surrounded by people not exactly in their senses.
Let this year’s celebration be more mindful.
The forces of the market are strong. You will feel a gravitation towards consumption. But this time over, I wish you make a reasoned choice.
Follow these three simple steps in that order.
You will find much more happiness in the exercise than any year end discount deal there is.
Invest the last week of the year wisely.
I hope you find a pen and paper and plan this out for yourself.
I believe you will.