In reviewing my old stacks of magazines, I came across a great article in “O” Magazine. Going back over two years to the edition of April 2014, I’d like to revisit an article on questions that every woman (and man) should ponder. What I love about this article is a presents an opportunity to go inward and consider the state of our lives – are we living life to the fullest? Are we truly happy? These questions are useful in pushing one toward new possibilities and helps you get in touch with your desires – and life’s big questions – to live up to our fullest potential.
Here I list the questions so you can evaluate and ask yourself to analyze and rate your life – and begin to make changes for the better.
1. Do I examine my life enough?
2. Do I care too much about what people think?
3. Am I with the right person?
4. What’s your deal breaker?
5. What do I really want to do all day?
6. How do I want to be remembered?
7. Do I say “yes” enough?
8. Do I know how to say “no”?
9. Am I helpless?
10. Am I helpful?
11. What am I afraid of?
12. Am I paying enough attention to the incredible things around me?
13. Have I accepted my body?
14. Am I strong enough? Physically/Mentally/Emotionally/Spiritually
15. Have I forgiven my parents?
16. Do I want children?
17. Does what I wear reflect who I am?
18. What am I missing out on?
19. Do I let myself fail enough?
20. Why are we here?
I will not bore you with my own personal answers or an explanation of each question (for that you’ll need to get your hands on the April 2014 magazine). However, I will comment on #7 and #8 as it spurred on a deep conversation with my partner about moving towards things we want in our lives, or running away from thinks that don’t support us. Determining whether you say “yes” enough to life’s opportunities, or “no” to things that don’t bring us joy – its a matter of balance and setting priorities. What a great discussion to have with yourself… What do you want more of in your life? What things are consuming much of your time that do not enrich your life?
I have a good friend who dedicated the year of 2015 to saying “yes” to everything asked of him. Travel to Tajikistan? Read “Twilight”? Dye your hair? Yes, yes, yes…For a year, he was committed to being fully and completely agreeable to anything anyone asked or proposed of him. What an awesome challenge and adventure he had, and he is so much the richer for it. I’m not saying its necessary to say “yes” to everything, but there is value in letting down our guard, releasing our fears and opening up to new possibilities – creating new opportunities to relish and savour everything life has to offer.
So get out a pen and paper, and journal about your reflections on these 20 questions. It will be a great opportunity to evaluate where you are in life, and give you a check up on living a fulfilling life.