I can’t believe we are shortly coming to the end of 2018 and our year-long journey with powerful questions! So, let’s consider the set of questions for week fifty of 2018, challenging us with this month’s Celebration lifeskill. These questions are offered by Bob Tiede at At Leading With Questions, from wisdom leaders around the nation and world.*
Question 1: What is the number one motivator in your life right now?
My response to this question is the same from previous article question number one— My daughters and grandson are coming for Christmas! Everything else takes the back seat this month, for sure.
Question 2: What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
When I handed my husband who has a bad cold a hot brew of lemon oil and peppermint oil and told him to inhale! I did caution him to keep his eyes closed and keep his nose at least 6 inches from the cup and breathe normally. But did he listen? Of course not. With eyes open he took a deep breath and almost choked on it, and his eyes were watering pools of tears! Yes, he survived and thought it best to take my suggestions seriously from that moment on, at least for this moment!
Question 3: Who was the last person you said “I love you” to?
After finishing my laughing fit watching my husband breathe in the hot lemon/peppermint tea brew, I did say “I love you, my sweet” and added “even though you are such a big baby when you get sick.” He’s a man and either ignores everything and keeps on working as if he were not fighting a cold, or lands in bed wrapping up with as many blankets as he can find and tearfully complains how sad and not fair that he has a cold! I guess I need to have more compassion, shouldn’t I? Since it is cold and flu season, we all need to do whatever we can to stay well and “lovingly” take care of those working through this season.
Question 4: When was your first impression of someone totally wrong?
First impressions are really tricky ones. They can often come back to bite you. We never know what another person is going through at a time, particularly when tempted with first impressions. I know I am guilty with first impressions. Yet, at 74 years old now, I can’t remember when I presumed a first impression of someone totally wrong. I am confident there were a few through the years, particularly in my younger years. I am hopefully kinder and less likely to jump to first impressions during my senior years.
Question 5: What specific character trait do you want to be known for?
This questions related to question seven of previous article. I would hope the top three qualities, faith, integrity, and fun, I look for in a friend are the same ones I also offer my friend. But since I have to choose one specific character trait, I would hope it would be my faith. With genuine faith and trusting dependency on a loving God is the foundation for all other character traits one would desire to offer others.
Question 6: What is the number one quality that makes someone a good leader?
With the President Bush Memorial Services this last week, I would say someone who through the years walked their talk. Someone who is a good leader also has to make many hard choices that are the motivated by a person’s enduring strength of character, kindness, humility, and generosity . . . someone who through those years has loved family and anyone who crossed paths during one’s lifetime.
With every hard choice and decision, these qualities hold them steadfast when, not if, someone decides to vehemently oppose them. For anyone in leadership will be hit from all sides. It’s like there is a sign on their back saying, “Give it your best shot!” Yet, a good leader, a great leader continues to stand.
Question 7: What questions do you often ask yourself?
One question I often ask myself is “Am I doing the best job I can?” Another one is “How do you want to celebrate today, Sharon?” Both questions keep me on my toes and helps me put everything in perspective throughout the day and each day.