I often hear people lamenting some trait that has gone missing from our society. If we want to go back to happier, more productive days (so the theory goes) we need to return a particular behavior to our national discourse.
For example, some say we need civility. Others might suggest we have a lack of honesty. Or respect, compromise, empathy, or even a willingness to listen.
Is there a particular trait or behavior that we seem to be missing? Which ones do you think are most important to a healthy society?
Related questions: Why are we so antagonistic? What makes a community? Why do we hate? How important is respect? Where is society failing?
It is important to know where your weaknesses lie, so that you can improve upon them. However, it is just as important to understand what you do best, so you can capitalize on that strength.
Do you know what you are best at? You might be good at many things; you might be good at few. But of all the things you do, there is something that you do better than anything else. What is it?
Knowing what it is that you excel at can be very powerful. It allows you to tailor your life accordingly, so that you can maximize your impact on the world. Your job, your friends, your hobbies, your life partner — knowing your strengths might impact all these choices.
Of course, there may also be other factors to consider as well. What you enjoy the most is important, and isn’t necessarily the same (although it might be). Other things to consider might be areas of greatest need, or, earning potential.
At any rate, knowing where your skills lie can help you to live a more fulfilled life. What do you do best?
Related questions: Why do we like what we like? How do you define success? How do you judge yourself? What gives a person value?
While some people are busier than ever, others are at home and bored. Have you used your time in isolation to learn something new?
Share why if you wish.
It can be very easy to play it safe. However, to experience personal growth, it can sometimes be necessary to do things that might be uncomfortable. Sometimes you need to step outside your comfort zone.
Life is about trying to make things easier for yourself. You try to have enough food so that you don’t go hungry. You heat your home so that you don’t get too cold. You try to make enough money so you can afford the things you like.
And yet, if everything in life revolves around ease or comfort, you won’t reach your full potential and you won’t experience personal growth or fulfillment.
As a result, you need to purposefully include some discomfort, to stretch yourself and try something that you don’t know how to do. Finding an appropriate balance can be difficult, but is ultimately rewarding.
Are you familiar with your comfort zone? When was the last time you pushed the boundaries of your comfort zone?
Related questions: What is uncomfortable but rewarding? What makes a place feel like home? What are you doing to improve yourself?
In theory, we get better as we age. As we gain experience and learn about ourselves and the world around us, we grow and mature.
Throughout life, there are important lessons that help us grow up. These might be painful, or frustrating, or fun, or joyous. The important thing is that we learn a lesson, or gain some new insight.
Is there a particular moment or occasion that helped you become a better person? What experience helped you grow?
Related questions: What makes you you? How have you changed? What was the best time in your life? What are you the most proud of?