Powerful Questions for 2018 . . . Week 12

Let’s see how we respond to seven questions for week twelve of 2018, challenging us with this month’s lifeskill, Career/Money Management. These questions are offered by Bob Tiede at At Leading With Questions, from wisdom leaders around the nation and world.*

*Source: Marc Chernoff’s list of questions,
Thought Provoking Questions to Ask Yourself in 2018.

Question 1: What’s the next big step you need to take?

When it comes to taking the next big step needed, I do that daily with whatever comes around the corner.

Question 2: If today was the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?

It is hard to know exactly what I would choose to do. It all depends on what I was doing on that day, who I was with, and where I am in that moment. If what I was about to do today is a daily routine for me, I probably would think of something else to do. I would spend time with my husband and daughters, call other family members and friends. Yet, if I had done those things yesterday or few days ago, I would be most at peace doing what I would normally do today. So, I guess my answer would be yes and no.

Question 3: Is the reward worth the risk?

This question is a wide-open inquiry. I would come back with several questions. A few would include, “What am I about to do? What is the risk level? What is the reward?” Until I had even an idea of the answers, I probably would wait and see. As I have mentioned in a previous answer to a question, I am not one to take risks when I don’t have enough of the facts-risks-rewards.

Question 4: What chances do you wish you had taken?

I find my life has accumulated enough adventures. I am content overall where I am today. I do remember when I was only in my twenties and health challenges were still on the horizon awaiting to stop me in my track. I had the chance to possibly attend the Rhode Island School of Design. In some ways, I think about what my life would have been like if I had attended the school.

My husband was also applying at advanced degree universities. If I had gone to Rhode Island, we wouldn’t see each other very much since he was accepted at Texas A&M University. I would miss him too much. So, off to Texas we went. And I believe I made the right decision after 52 plus years of marriage and still counting!

Question 5: What motivates you to go to work each day?

I am sure this question can apply to any of us who are now retired. Keeping busy is easy for me in my retired world. Life would be just too boring otherwise! But I don’t stay busy just to stay busy. I want to contribute in ways that help my family, friends, and former colleagues. When I open my eyes in the morning, stretch, and sit up, I am grateful for a new day and new possibilities. As I go about my daily disciplines I always choose work that brings me joy and purpose. I love writing, sharing lifeskills, and weaving. I guess I would call that my work since I do take it with full commitment. Yet, I do have those “do nothing” days which also brings me joy and needed refreshing.

Question 6: What do you do with the majority of your money?

Pay bills and save whatever is left. Being retired requires more diligent money management routines. Even through the working years we had to watch every dollar to keep up with the expenses of a growing family and future retirement. Somewhere in the mix we have tried to donate what we could to a worthy cause. Bet you could relate, right?

And you tell me not to worry!!

Question 7: What stresses you out?

Any negative stress has never been a friend of mine. I, therefore, find myself wanting to be the ever Pollyanna about everything. And that can stress out my husband on more than a few occasions! I am always looking for the silver lining and positive thing to grab on to. So, when I get stressed, it is usually when I am struggling trying to find that silver lining! Over the years, I have worked on becoming a “Realistic Optimist.” Anyone out there working on that too?

Now, it’s your turn again!