I’m currently renewing my resolve when it comes to practicing the five precepts of buddhism. Here’s a summary from the wiki page:
Its something that is important to my life but I don’t always practice to the best of my ability. Renewing my resolve is a good opportunity for me to get back on track with my practice.
It got me to thinking, whenever I fail at doing something it brings up feeling of guilt and shame. Instead of building me up it does the opposite and knocks me down. So instead of thinking of these precepts as some sort of unbendable set of rules, I’m beginning to view them as a set of suggestions, or a challenge that I’m giving myself. Or maybe its an experiment I’m embarking on to see if this set of values works for my life.
It got me to thinking, do people prefer to give themselves challenges? Or would they rather think of goals as experiments? Well according to trends the answer is a resounding challenge!