Powerful Questions for 2018 . . . Week 43

As we wind down this month’s lifeskill, let’s see what this fourth week has for us with the next set of questions for week forty-three of 2018, challenging us with this month’s Recreation/Entertainment 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: What is your favorite sound?

Like the question that will shortly follow, I love all kinds of early music of the 1940s, 1950s, plus soft instrumental jazz. Yet, as my husband, John, would testify, I do like silence. I guess that is true since I am either working on some writing, weaving, or website creating. All three require a significant amount of quietude to energize and focus my creative and inspirational side.

And yes, I consider “silence” a sound. Why? Because I can also then hear some of life’s more subtle sounds with the rustling of leaves, soft echoing bird sounds in the distance, and the easy-going breeze itself.

Question 2: What celebrities do you admire? Why?

This goes with the “who is your hero” question from the previous article. Again, I would say someone like Tim Tebow. People like Tebow know how to balance their lives and priorities. There always seems to be a genuine humility about them that shines through not just by their words but also by their actions toward others.

Question 3: What music do you listen to, to lift your spirits when you’re feeling down?

I like to listen to those old 1940 songs my parents listened to, with bands like Glen Miller, Swinging on a Star by Bing Crosby, and Mills Brothers Be My Life’s Companion. Then jump to the 1950s with Fats Domino’s Blueberry Hill, Neil Sedaka and Pat Boone songs. I find myself feeling just a little younger at heart, if not age. I also listen to uplifting Christian praise music, particularly when I feel really down. I particularly like Guy Penrod, Ivan Parker, and Ernie Haase + Signature Sound. Life just seems to get better when hope and faith rise up.

Question 4: What is your biggest phobia?

I am not certain I have any phobias. But if I dig a little deeper, I may find I definitely do not have any interest in sky diving or bungy jumping! And I don’t particularly like to be in tight, closed in spaces. With my history of so many serious health challenges over my lifetime, I could probably see myself as a hypochondriac if it were not for my faith, and the miracles experienced and seen in other people’s lives. For that, I am forever grateful for the faith and promises God has given me to rely on daily.

Question 5: How many friends do you have in real life that you talk to regularly?

I have a few close friends, Carolyn and Judy, I try to stay in touch on a more regular basis. Yet, I often find myself so busy with other things, I neglect to just stop and call. As the years go by, I am determined to call them more regularly.

Question 6: What do you love to do?

As my readers already know so well, I love to write and weave. When inspired, I juggle between the two “W’s” along with the third “W”, website creating when offered the chance.

Question 7: What bad habits do you want to break?

I just don’t play enough. But maybe that is because I feel like writing, weaving, and website creating are all play to me. One thing I need to always balance the fun with is movement. The three “Ws” are all sitting. I do exercise routinely. Yet, I need to get outdoors more and go for walks; and help more often with gardening in our yard.

Now, it’s your turn again to describe your favorite sound, which celebrities you admire and why, music you listen to that lifts your spirits when feeling down, your biggest phobia, how many friends you have in real life you talk to regularly, what you love to do, and any bad habits you want to break when you think of “Recreation/Entertainment” and your life.