Sometimes when evaluating our lives and looking for the meaning or purpose of our lives, we need to ask ourselves the hard questions.
We hear only the questions for which we are in a position to find answers. – Friedrich Nietzsche
Personally, I don’t think our intrinsic value depends solely on our own self-examination; but great value can come from examining life and making changes for the better.
Right then, seek and you will find. After doing some research, I found that I am not the only one asking myself these questions, so I decided to try to answer them for those I could help. Here are the 5 questions:
- Do you feel like you’ve lived this same day many times before? – Take a hard look to see if you are living each day like the day before. Although monotony is not necessarily a bad thing.
I have a general routine that I follow during the week and the occasional days off. However, I absolutely make a point of breaking out of the monotony everyday. I vary activities depending on the time and how I feel: different fitness plans per day, switching between indoor activities (guitar, reading, cooking new recipes…) and outdoor activities (walk, social, bball,…). Brief anything to make it worth a good night sleep. 🙂
- Are you living the life of your dreams? – What would you do if you had a choice of how to live your life today, if it is not what you are already doing now?
I’m sure I am not there yet; but I can honestly say that I am actively working towards my dream life and I see progress almost every day. Ideally, I would be living on the road (location independent), filled with new experiences, exotic travels, learning new languages, breaking culture barriers but mostly filled with the satisfaction of helping/empowering others. 🙂
- What would you do if fear was not a factor and you could not fail? – Fear hold us back from attempting so many of our dreams, what one thing would you do if there was no fear involved?
Easy, travel the World, living on the road, helping the needy and visiting friends all over the world. That is if money was also not a question. 😛
- What were you doing when you felt most passionate and alive? – Think back at a time in your life when you felt the most passion. What was it that made you feel this alive?
I am easily pleased. I thrive off the feeling of hope, excitement, humour, laughter and motivation. Most of these come in working on a goal, the initial phase, the planning, getting others involved and the result. But more so, when with the ones I love. 🙂
- What are you most grateful for? – Take a moment to consider all of the things in your life that you are thankful for. They could be big or small as long as they have meaning to you.
That’s a daily exercise. I never go to bed without listing at least 5 things I am grateful for. I am constantly grateful for God’s love, providence, grace and blessings – a new day – my family – knowing the feeling of unconditional love – all the new experiences and contacts of the day. 🙂
Well, that is pretty much it. I have to say there are harder questions like: do you love your job? What would you rather do? the state of one’s love life…
All I can say is that knowing where you are, helps getting where you want to be. And it starts by living everyday as if it was the last, and remembering that you cannot be better if you do not work on bettering yourself. The proof is in the doing.