What Thanksgiving plans do you have? As you reflect on creative ways to express your gratitude, let’s consider the next set of questions for week forty-four of 2018, challenging us with this month’s Reflection lifeskill. These questions are offered by Bob Tiede at At Leading With Questions, from wisdom leaders around the nation and world.*
Question 1: Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
I just started creating a new website for someone. This is for sure worth remembering the steps since the CMS program is in the middle of change its core functionalities. That means I will be learning a whole new system as I work on this one. At least it will give me practice for when I need to change out the other sites I manage. Quite the learning curve for this elder lady. It all keeps my mind sharp but a little slower on the uptake!
Question 2: What is important enough to go to war over?
This is a really tough question. Yet, when thinking about the safety of our nation, communities, and our own families, it becomes more important. I guess it depends on how imminent the danger. Also, reminiscent of 911, enemies use different tactics than in previous generations. The degree of high tech and more immediate dangers are always just a “click” or button away. I can only imagine what the years ahead will unfold, making our world even more dangerous than in previous generations.
Question 3: What is the one thing you would most like to change about the world?
No more wars, 911's, bombs, and shootings.
Question 4: Why do religions that advocate unity divide the human race?
Since the topics of the last two questions revolve around war, this one seems to relate. Although there are several religions whose foundation belief is to do no violence, most religions, including Christianity, can be twisted to suit our own agendas and motives. Each religion, either by doctrine, tradition, or culture determine the core beliefs and the rules to abide by. As fallible humanity, we always tend to expand on those doctrines and traditions to fit generational and cultural changes.
Another factor when to come to “unity” is “conformity.” We often are uncomfortable with those who believe differently and are different than ourselves. We then are tempted to require conformity in the guise of advocating unity. Yet, what we often end up doing is attempting to control each other’s lives. Once that spiral accelerates, it no longer is unity but divides and diminishes the dignity and worth of each human being.
I believe it is possible to find some degree of unity or common ground with many religions. The caution is to not lose sight of our own faith foundations while retaining respect and compassion for someone else.
Question 5: If you could live the next 24 hours and then erase it and start over just once, what would you do?
Again, as with similar questions through 2018, my response is I really wouldn’t change anything. The moments of each day are so precious to me as they are, so I would rather simply enjoy the moments given me. Maybe I simply don’t have much of an imagination when it comes with the “what ifs” on this one!
Question 6: What is the number one thing you want to accomplish before you die?
I have two things to accomplish. I want to help my daughters live near me and finish my writings as a legacy of faith, hope, and love for others.
Question 7: Is it better to have loved and lost or to have never loved at all?
When the love you lost gifts you with precious life lessons, then loving and losing is most assuredly preferred. Those life lessons give us the ability to even love more deeply and gain greater wisdom in the process.