Powerful Questions for 2018 . . . Week 14

With April Springtime showing up all around us, let’s see how we respond to seven questions for week fourteen of 2018, challenging us with this month’s lifeskill, Recordkeeping. 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: Is it possible to lie without saying a word?

Absolutely. Yet, silence can also give us an opportunity to rethink our silent response. How about asking yourself, “What barrier was there that I couldn’t answer the person? Was I intimidated? Did I do something wrong and didn’t want to admit it? We often believe “Silence is golden” and it can be at times.

I know there are times when I am tempted to be guilty by omission or silence. Then almost immediately the guilt start to mount. The longer I wait to correct my “silent” misdeed, the heavier the guilt gets. What a relief when I own not only my misdeed but also my silent response. We all know the person on the receiving end can often read our body language with any obvious “pregnant pause!” And know for sure, we are creating a record of that unsettling pause in that person’s mind about our behavior. It’s not the best memory to record for either of us, is it? So, let’s keep “Silence Golden” with an honest and respectful verbal response, when at all possible.

Question 2: Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

A joyful simpleton would possibly be my first choice. Worry has never been a friend of mine. And being a genius doesn’t always bring contentment and joy through life. Geniuses are uniquely gifted people who constantly reach to solve grand mysteries, enigmas, and many of our world’s problems. Yet, there is often a hefty price paid for it.

And you tell me not to worry!!


But then when you look at the synonyms for simpleton (dolt, fool, numskull, blockhead, ninny, dope, birdbrain, dunderhead, idiot, lamebrain), I don’t think any of us would like to be defined that way, right? Maybe with time a more positive description will evolve as it is happening with other terms, like “geek” for instance. I would love to see the word, simpleton, redefined as someone who gives value to the simple things of life and helps us simplify how we live each day.

For now, let’s face it. Aren’t we all at some moments in time a genius and a simpleton? And don’t we all still have a choice to make between “worried” and “joyful?” How about a joyful genius choice!? Now, that one I could go for while I await a more congenial retrofit for simpleton!

Question 3: What has life taught you recently?

This question is a good segue from question two. Recently, life has taught me that worry doesn’t do me any good for body or soul.

Question 4: Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration when I am with my best friend, when I am weaving or writing, and when I read a scripture verse. My best friend and I always seem to learn the same life lessons at the same time. Her circumstances may be different, but the lesson is the same. We just smile knowing God got our attention!

There are times when I am weaving or writing I get stuck. My inspiration comes with doing another round of aerobics or completely shift to something very different. Then voilà, I am back at weaving or writing again. My other inspiration comes when I need to be reminded of God’s promises and wisdom. A verse pops into my mind or when reading a bible scripture.

Question 5: What impact do you want to leave on the world?

Faith, Hope, & Love . . . and the greatest of these is Love.

Question 6: If it all came back around to you, would it help you or hurt you?

Assuming this relates to question five, I would say it would definitely help me live each day with focused purpose, peace, and joy. Don’t we all want to impart faith, hope, and love that gifts us with purpose, peace, and joy? I hope so.

Question 7: What gives your life meaning?

This again relates to several questions above. My life has meaning each day when I hold on to my integrity and honesty. And let’s not forget my daily attempt at being a “joyful genius or redemptive simpleton!” Life has so much more meaning without worry weighing me down. That’s when inspiration comes from my best friend, when I weave or write, and when I am reminded of God’s promises. And one of those promises is to impart Faith, Hope, & Love to anyone who crosses my path as a legacy for this world. May we all leave the hurt behind and gain the help we need to stay on purpose, with peace and joy each day.

Now, it’s your turn again!