Powerful Questions for 2018 . . . Week 34

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While our kids and grand kids start a new school year, let’s see what this August week has for us with the next set of questions for week thirty-four of 2018, challenging us with this month’s Meals lifeskill. 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: When should you reveal a secret that you promised you wouldn’t reveal?

First, definitely not at mealtime! It just may spoil anyone’s appetite, particularly the one with the secret. More seriously, there is one thing I would probably do first if the secret endangers the person or someone else. I would first ask the person to be the one to reveal the secret. I would also ask how the person wants to reveal the secret for his own benefit and those involved.

If the person refuses to reveal the secret, I may tell them I will for the safety of all involved. Probably the only time I wouldn’t tell them I will be revealing the secret is when I would be putting myself in danger. I would find a way to hopefully keep everyone safe from their own actions and that of the person with the secret.

Question 2: If you had to be someone else for one day, who would you be and why?

My first thought was anyone who could eat anything without unhealthy consequences! Honestly, I really cannot think of anyone other than myself. Life has too many challenges and surprises to try being someone else for a day. Yet, if I were to be someone for just one day, I would want to make sure the chosen day was a good one. I also would choose someone who shared my values and interests.

An added question here is “Do I keep my own personality and memories, and just borrow their body for the day?” If so, maybe I would choose someone with a huge bankroll I could give to those charities and causes I believe in. What a surprise that person would have when he or she wakes up the next day!

Question 3: What positive changes have you made in your life recently?

Every morning when I rise to a new day I work hard to find positive things to do with the opportunities and challenges before me. I consider every positive action a positive change. Why? Because those actions in every moment changes my future.

Question 4: Who makes you feel good about yourself?

Carolyn Sledge

My friend, Carolyn, always supports and encourages me. She also loves the meals I eat too!

Question 5: What do you want less of in your life?

I would love to have cooler Texas summer weather. It seems the older I get the sultry or even dry heat is not my friend.

Question 6: How have you sabotaged yourself in the past five years?

It seems so easy to sabotage myself during seasons when metabolic challenges cause me to be extra tired and uncertain how to deal with it. My motivation to press ahead with a project or see a friend fades. Fortunately, my friend and the project say hello again with another day’s opportunity to engage in some fun. Each morning becomes a redemptive new day.

Question 7: What are some recent compliments you’ve received?

Carrot-Oat MuffinsRice-Millet CrepesI recently started posting on my website recipes I have created over the years. My hope is to offer healthy, creative recipes for those seeking to improve their mealtime routines. With the first postings, I received a sweet compliment on my rice-millet crepes and carrot-oat muffins.

Now, it’s your turn again to consider when you should reveal a secret, who would you like to be for one day, what positive changes have you made recently, who makes you feel good about yourself, and what recent compliments have you received when you think of “meals” and your life.