Thursday, 15 March 2012

Powerful Questions

Asking the right question in order to get ourselves thinking, really thinking - there is so much truth in this.

When we can ask that question, at the right moment, and that gives us clarity of direction, how powerful this can be in our lives. And set us off in a direction that has deep meaning to us individually.

I believe very much that this is where it’s at - when we can reach that spot of deep meaning in our own lives - getting to this spot is so life affirming.

These questions I found while surfing the web have no right or wrong answers, because sometimes asking the right questions is the answer.

1. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?

3. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

4. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

5. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

6. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

7. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?

8. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?

9. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?

10. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?

11. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?

12. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?

13. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?

14. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?

15. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

16. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

"There are four questions of value in life... What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love."
~~ Johnny Depp

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney - November 2009


Christine said...

I LOVE these questions and will be saving them for some deep introspection...I hope to come up with some great self knowledge and come to think of it, maybe it can help my kids too! Thanks.

Cinderella said...

Fabulous thoughtful questions, Peggy!

This is the kind of thing that ought to be raised every semester for kids in school from age 12 years to age 24:)

And then even afterwards at least once a year!

((hugs)) and glad to see you posting again!

Cameron said...

I'm having one of those days where the weight of the world feels heavy....interesting though, at these times you retreat into yourself and are face to face with what's at the core of your being. When you don't want to deal with anything or's easier to reflect on what's inside.
...something I don't make time for because of other obligations and distractions...

There are a few questions there that had me really pondering.....and that quote from Johnny Depp really says it all...

Hugs, Dear Friend,

Marja said...

These questions contain life lessons We intuitive know the answer to it and indeed I think if we ask these question we become aware of the answer we knew all along but didn't want to face for some reason. It is good to be aware and to keep your head up and your mind and heart open and just move forwards one step at the time in the right direction.
Arohanui (Lots of love) Peggy. lol that beautiful quote is sitting in my collection as well. Hope all is well

Kim Hambric said...

These questions are too good!! Not sure I'm strong enough to answer most of them right now.

HappyOrganist said...

I love the 'destiny' picture, Peggy ;D I've an answer to the first question (as far as I'm concerned). It's kind of funny and a little sad and accurate. I know you're wondering what it is. Wonder on, and enjoy your day.


Relyn said...

Great questions.

1. 30
2. never trying
3. I am a teacher. I am absolutely doing what I believe in.
4. As much as possible, I am a controller trying to learn to loosen my grasp a little.
5. Doing things right.
6. Organize obsessively
7. travel overseas - money - like I said, I am a teacher. Married to a teacher - no money.
8. most of the time
9. losing touch
10. never be able to make new ones - I think. Nope - uh - I dunno.
11. no
12. yes! Read the Word.

These are FAR too short answers for such powerful questions. Still, I had fun writing down the answers that quickly came to me. Now I will be thinking of the answers all day long.

Anonymous said...

Now I KNOW I love Johnny Depp!!! Did he really say that - or was he 'in character'?

I like number 13!

And asking questions is healthy - we need to question ourselves and we need to question our governors. When people aren't allowed to question - that's when it all goes bad.

And the biggest questions just don't have an answer - that's the fun part! ;o)

Mike Smith said...

Peggy, you are the kind of friend I want as a friend - and I'm glad I have!

Chapter Forty said...

A thought provoking list of questions here.

Today B got to meet his favourite author at school and he was all prepared to ask her,
"What is the hardest thing about writing a book?"
At home I asked him if he got to ask his question and he said,
"Mum there was only answers there, no questions"

So I imagine that he learnt only about disappointment.

Marit said...

1. 19

2. never trying

3. I believe in what I do ;)

4. Hmm... about 85 percent??? Maybe?

5. I'm not worried at all.

6. I turn thoughts and experiences into stories - I make sentences in my head already while I'm still in the middle of the experience...

7. Can't think of any. I'm doing the things I wanted and love to do right now.

8. Oh yes.

9. You can't loose touch with a good friend, ever. No matter where they live. If you loose touch, it wasn't a 'good friend'in the first place.

10. I can't answer this one. I hope to keep the old ánd make new ones.

11. Luckely, yes. More then once.

12. Yes. Listen to your soul.

13. Last year. (I took a leap and now I'm right there, see answers 3 and 6

14. As soon as your soul tells you that this is what you really want.

15. That has to do with other people's comments and self confidence I gues...

16. I'm in charge!

bill lisleman said...

Great questions. The answers don't need to written or spoken, just thought about.
My engineering career taught me long ago that failure is the learning experience you need to progress.
-- hey on different note -- did you notice Lilly posted again? Did you talk her into it?
all the best

Roban said...

1. 33
2. Never trying
3. Yes, and yes. I always think there's more!
4. Pretty much from age 27 on... Not so much before then.
5. Both.
6. Worry.
7. Climb a mountain. A big one. Money, physical shape, and time.
8. I have some improving to do.
9. Those close by. It seems that the ones who moved away are more a part of my life.
10. If only I could pick and choose the ones to keep from the past. There are many that I could live without... many that I could not.
11. Yes.
12. Yes.
13. I'm still in the doorway.
14. Now.
15. I don't like learning the hard way.
16. Both.

Lilly said...

Hi Peggy, i really like these questions. I am going to try and answer them and come back and comment. I don't think it will be easy which makes them so interesting.

maureen said...

Excellent post, I love the questions. I will def save this list to refer to again and again. It's a good wake up call.
Hope all is well with you.