An artist, like a painter, a sculptor, or a musician, sometimes has a muse that provides inspiration for artistic creations. But everyone can occasionally benefit from having a person, an idea, a motivational speech, or a stirring piece of music to encourage perseverance or creativity in everyday life.
When — it can be a time of day, a state of mind, a period of life — do you need inspiration?
Related questions: How can we turn ideas into actions? How can we maintain wonder? What is your retreat from the world?
When I think back on my past, there have been times when I have been wrong. At the time, I thought I was right, sometimes quite fervently so. But then I got new data, or had new experiences, or heard a convincing argument, and so I changed my mind. My beliefs changed.
Logically, it seems likely that there is something that I believe right now that is wrong, although of course right now I think it is right. That’s true for all of us.
What beliefs do you have that might be wrong?
Related questions: What do you believe? What is necessary to change your mind? How do we know what we don’t know?
Understanding your own happiness is important. Knowing what has made you happy in the past can help you steer your life toward similar experiences in the future. Often, though, there is a disparity in what we think will make us happy and what actually does.
What puts the biggest smile on your face? What makes you the happiest?
Related questions: What makes you the unhappiest? Is happiness the most important purpose in life? Why do we put up with unhappiness? Why don’t we know what makes us happy?
Change is one of the constants in life. We go through radical change in our early years, as we physically and mentally mature. After that the changes tend to be more subtle, but can be equally as profound.
How have you changed in the last 20 years? In the last year? In the last week? How have you changed?
Related questions: How would you like to change? What is necessary to change your mind? How have we changed?
Sometimes the world can feel like an overwhelming place. Clouds can darken anyone’s horizons. Holding on to optimism is important for a healthy outlook on life.
When you look to the future, what are the highlights you see? What are you optimistic about?
Related questions: How is hope different from optimism? How can we maintain wonder? What is your retreat from the world? What amazes you?
A tip of the Intellectual Roundtable cap to the the Edge.org series of books, which are a great source of inspiration for the Intellectual Roundtable. What Are You Optimistic About? is one of more than a dozen such compilations.