What would bring you more happiness than anything else in the world?
I find this question excruciatingly hard to answer. It might be a Libra thing—ask me my favourite anything or to identify the most or the best of any category and I freeze. For example, my sister asked me the other night, “What’s your favourite song?” Are you kidding me, Bec? I could never pick one song. She did, though—”At My Funeral” by The Crash Test Dummies, which brought back a flood of memories of a magical concert she and I attended a million years ago. The Dummies played the UVic auditorium—her first intimate venue, Becky told me.
It would make me really happy to dance in the aisles at a concert with my sisters. But to say what would make me happier than anything else in the world? Impossible. Or almost.
(Grandbabies. Shh! I don’t say it out loud. I wouldn’t want to pressure anyone.)
The reason I mention this at all is that Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown tonight. Last year my dear friend Jenny sent a list of questions to ponder at the dawn of the new year. I answered them and put the list away. My memory being what it is (which is to say, not what it used to be), I couldn’t remember last year’s replies when I answered the questions again this morning. A few of my answers have changed, including what would make me happier than anything else in the world.
Here’s your chance to answer the questions. If you’re willing to share it, please let me know your answer to number 2.Meditate on each question to find an answer you are satisfied with before moving on to the next.
(1) When do I most feel that my life is meaningful?
(2) What would bring me more happiness than anything else in the world?
(3) What are my three most significant achievements in the past year?
(4) What are my biggest mistakes in the past year?
(5) What project or goal, if left undone, will I most regret a year from now?
(6) If I knew I couldn’t fail, what would I undertake to accomplish in life?
(7) What are my three major goals in life? What practical steps can I take in the next two months toward these goals?
(8) What is the most important decision I need to make this year?
(9) What important decision did I avoid making last year?
(10) What endeavour gives me the strongest feeling of self-respect?
(11) What kind of person do I want to be one year from now?
(12) What kind of person do I want to be five years from now?
(13) Over the last year, did my most important relationships become closer and deeper, or was there a sense of stagnation and drifting?
(14) What can I do to nurture those relationships this year?
(15) In what areas of my life am I hiding from God(de)?
(16) What is one step I can commit to that will bring me closer to God(de)?
(17) If I could change only one thing about myself, what would it be?
(18) Are there any ideals I would be willing to die for? What are they?
(19) If I could live my life over, what would I change?
(20) What do I want written on my tombstone? And how do I begin living that way now?
Leshana tovah tikatevee v’tichatemee. May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.
(Thanks, Jenny, for the list of questions. I’m sorry I don’t remember the source. Do you?)