A friend on Facebook, Elmari Fourie, wrote a note titled "Vital questions" with some questions to consider and tagged me on it, I wrote a comment with some quick answers and thought I would put them below for those that value the perspective,
"Am I this body, mind and intellect? Do the pleasures of this world give real happiness and peace? Are the objects of this world permanent? Are my actions bringing happiness, joy, peace and harmony to others, or are they bringing them pain, unhappiness and misery? Reflect thus and enjoy peace.
– Sri Swami Sivananda
What a nice way to start the new year. These questions are vital to find out what we really want to gain throughout this year. Inner peace is the most important. With inner peace you can reach all your goals and bring more joy and happiness to this planet.
May you all have a blessed 2009!"
> Am I this body, mind and intellect?
Yes you are all of that AND MORE (much much much more, you are far far far more than you can see from a physical body perspective)
> Do the pleasures of this world give real happiness and peace?
The real happiness and peace you find is within, that can be as a result of or despite the world, the choice is what you do within
> Are the objects of this world permanent?
Only as long as you focus on them, put your attention on something else and that becomes 'permanent'