Of all the things you own, which one can’t you live without?
Share why if you wish.
Lee’s Answer: my bicycle. It’s transportation, recreation, gym club membership, a social network, and a mediation class all in one, and it allows me to feel like I’m doing my part to reduce my carbon footprint!
Michael’s Answer: my laptop. Writing/Journaling, viewing my garden and travel photos on my amazing laptop screen, and listening to music are very therapeutic for me.
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For more than a year, we have been publishing a new question every Sunday, designed to bring some quiet contemplation to your otherwise busy lives. As time goes on, the number of people visiting the site has been steadily decreasing. Fewer and fewer people are answering the questions, or are even being exposed to them.
We’re looking for ways to reverse this trend, and have more people read the questions, answer them, and interact with others doing the same.
Hence our question: How can you help? You might look through our list of past questions, find one that you like, and answer it. Maybe you can propose a question of your own using our online form. Perhaps you can share the blog on Facebook, via email, or other social media platforms via the icons on each page. Even if you don’t want to contribute to content in any way, you can provide some feedback about what does or doesn’t work for you with what we are doing and how we are doing it.
But there’s a second meaning to the question as well. In your life, there will always be people or causes that you care deeply about. Something may be a passion project for you or for your community. How can you bring attention to a cause, or take actual, concrete steps toward improving or enhancing something you care about? What are the ways you can strengthen bonds between you and loved ones?
How can you help?
Related questions: How can we turn ideas into actions? What are our responsibilities to others? What makes a community? How do you define success?
Life is full of ups and downs. When things are going well, it can seem easy and you can feel fulfilled. When it is not, it can feel empty and meaningless.
If you look back on the high points, are there elements in common?
What was the best time in your life? And what does “best” mean to you?
Related questions: How do you define success? How can we maintain wonder? Why do we put up with unhappiness? What makes you the happiest?
We all have bands or singers that we enjoy. They create music that might make us dance, make us think, or make us feel.
The particular musician or group, however, can help explain something about your personality. The style or genre that resonates with you can also be illuminating.
What is your favorite music? And what does it say about you?
Related questions: Why does music evoke emotion? Why do we like what we like? What makes you you?
Many people in the workforce perform a regular job evaluation to judge how well they have done. Not as many people perform a personal evaluation regarding the other parts of their lives. When we are born, we don’t come with a job description, and so it can be difficult to decide who we want to be, and how to get there.
If you were to perform such an evaluation, what criteria would you use to judge yourself? Do you think you would judge yourself more harshly or less harshly as you judge others?
How do you judge yourself?
Related questions: How do you define success? What is important? How do you judge others? Why do we judge others?