Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Making Decisions in the New Year

There is something about this time of the year that evokes dismay at some of our past habits, resolve to do some things new and an exploration of future directions.

One of my favourite books is the one written by John Birmingham for children—Would you Rather?

Here are some of his questions:

“Would you rather your house was surrounded by snow or a jungle?”
“Would you rather an elephant drank your bath water or a hippo slept in your bed?”
“Would you rather be covered all over with jam or be pulled through the mud by a dog?”
“Would you rather have supper in a castle or tea on the river?”
“Would you rather be made to eat spider stew or drink snail cordial?”
“Would you rather jump in a thorn bush for $5 or swallow a dead frog for $20?”
“Would you rather play the drums or blow the trumpet?”
“Would you rather be crushed by a snake or sat upon by a rhinoceros?”

These are all fun questions but they remind us of how difficult some life decisions really are.

It is because of this that I wrote the book ‘Making Life Decisions’. It is not a quick fix book that will help you to resolve your 2008 directions on the first day or week but it outlines a process for you to do the important work of discernment.

The book is available online at this link: Making Life Decisions.

You can work through it on your own, with somebody else (even if they are on the other side of the planet) and with a group—group studies are provided.

Dr. Geoff Pound

Image: “New Year…time to explore new directions.”