Food for Thought
by Leigh Currey Merrifield, Editor

I remember reading one time that sometimes the most useful advice someone can give you isn‘t advice at all; sometimes all they have to do is ask you the right questions and you can figure out the answers you’re looking for all by yourself.

In fact, there is no need to wait for others to pose the questions!  Sometimes it can be very useful is we just take a step back and ask the questions of ourselves to see if we are moving in the right direction!

Self-examination is a good thing.  Don’t just look at your physical appearance; look within!  Think about it … we pay attention at work; we pay attention to the news on television; we pay attention while we’re driving in traffic, etc.  Why don’t we pay more attention to ourselves?   It seems like we focus on the external world more than we do to our internal selves, doesn’t it?

Just for fun, let’s play ’20 Questions’!  Look over the questions below that may cause you to think a little about your inner self.  The best part about these questions is that there are no right or wrong answers.  They will just make you think a little … and maybe if you don’t like your answers, you can make some changes.  Just some ‘food for thought’ …..

  1. When was the last time you tried something new?
  2. What risk would you take if you knew you could not fail?
  3. What are the top five things you cherish in your life?
  4. What one piece of advice would you offer a newborn child?
  5. Which is worse – failing or never trying?
  6. What are you avoiding?
  7. What is the one job/cause/activity that could get you out of bed happily for the rest of your life? Are you doing it now?
  8. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
  9. What are you most grateful for?
  10. Do you find yourself influencing your world, or is it influencing you?
  11. Are you doing what you believe in or settling for what you’re doing?
  12. What are you committed to?
  13. Which worries you more – doing things right or doing the right things?
  14. If joy became the national currency, what kind of work would make you wealthy?
  15. Have you been the kind of friend you’d want as one?
  16. Do any of the things that used to upset you a few years ago matter at all today?
  17. Would you rather have less work to do or more work you enjoy doing?
  18. What makes you special?
  19. How do you want to be remembered?
  20. When was the last time you did something nice for someone for no particular reason?

This week’s dessert:  “What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.”   ~  Louis L. Mann

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