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30 Thought Provoking Questions to Ask Yourself - Part 1
#1
Taken from http://www.marcandangel.com/

Marc and Angel, a website that provides practical tips for productive living has compiled 365 questions to ask yourself. I think it would be fun to fill out these questions in this board.

Let's start with the first 30 questions. We'll continue with the rest of the questions in a different thread.

Question 1 - 30:

01. When was the last time you tried something new?
02. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?
03. What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?
04. What gets you excited about life?
05. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
06. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?
07. Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?
08. Who do you love and what are you doing about it?
09. What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree?
10. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?
11. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
12. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
13. Do you celebrate the things you do have?
14. What is the difference between living and existing?
15. If not now, then when?
16. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
17. What does your joy look like today?
18. Is it possible to lie without saying a word?
19. If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?
20. Which activities make you lose track of time?
21. If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
22. What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?
23. Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of?
24.When you are 80-years-old, what will matter to you the most?
25. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right?
26. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
27. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
28. What makes you smile?
29. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
30. If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
#2
01. When was the last time you tried something new?

Two weeks ago I think. I changed my running route after I completed my surgery. I ditched my old route because I wanted to forget a small part of bitter memories (Few guys that tarnished my name). I wanted to start fresh. But come to think of it ... it does seem like I am also avoiding and admitting my defeat. Oh, crap. I didn't think of that before.

02. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?


Man ... I'm embarrassed to answer this question because it kicks back on my face with harsh truth. I used to compare myself with people around me because I saw myself less than perfect. Why can't I look as slender as him? Why can't I be like this and that? It can be dangerous to compare yourself to others because it can eat you alive. I have overcome this problem. I am thankful for that.

03. What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?

There are many. But one that I always hold onto is from Socrates. Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.

04. What gets you excited about life?


To know what I am capable of and to know that there are millions of doors of opportunity waiting for me to discover them. I'm also curious to know who will end up being my first boyfriend and who I will end up with for the rest of my life.

05. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?


Life does not wait for you. It will pass you by. So better get your running sneakers and chase the hell out of it.

Also, don't be too naive, too trusting and too friendly. People will chew your head off. My name was smeared and ridiculed by so called friends due to my weaknesses.

06. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?


My well being. I wish I have started my weight loss earlier.

07. Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?

It's never enough. The only way to improve life and to make life's exciting is by asking and seeking for questions. Then seek for answers. Life is bland if it's predictable.

08. Who do you love and what are you doing about it?


I love everyone around me who respect and love me. I try to show my love and gratitude to them via my actions and words.

Oh yeah, I love myself dearly. I try to take care of myself by being healthy and positive.

09. What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree?


Love and life shouldn't be judged based upon religion and culture.

10. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?

Believing in my strength and confidence completely. My previous surgery has changed the way I see myself, people and life.

11. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?

I think it depends on the reason why he/she was crying about. There are people who love to whine and cry for senseless things.

But yes, it takes a lot of strength to cry. The state of crying exhibits the pure state of yourself as a person. You have throw off your ego aside to cry.

12. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?


Come out earlier. And also dance in public in every crook and corner with a huge smile on my face.

13. Do you celebrate the things you do have?

I do. I am thankful for what I have and have accomplished.

14. What is the difference between living and existing?


Existing to me is just living without trying to live.

15. If not now, then when?

I always say it's now or never. If you want to accomplish something in life, you better start now whilst you are still well, healthy and kicking. You never know what will come tomorrow.

16. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?

Yes. I'm sponsoring a kid in need. I hope my little monthly donation to him will help to improve his life and education.

17. What does your joy look like today?

Running and walking under drizzly rain in the evening. Dancing alone under a dim light for a few hours.

18. Is it possible to lie without saying a word?

Yes. You know your best friend is lying through his teeth and smearing an innocent naive guy with unfounded lies. But you do not do anything to save that guy's name. You do not even nod or shake your head to approve or deny what false and what is the truth.

19. If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?


The duration will depend on the inner side of that person.

20. Which activities make you lose track of time?

Dancing. I can dance all night. Even alone by myself. The sheer joy of rhythm, movement, music and passion. All these make me smile.

21. If you had to teach something, what would you teach?

Compassion and equality. I honestly don't like how people even some of my friends treat people who do not reach their standard/status of living. Be it janitors, building security guards, cleaners, waiters etc.

It also annoys me when people ask me to stop being nice and say thank you to these folks particularly waiters.

22. What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?


Dare to daydream and dream a dream. But do not exploit all my might and wisdom to make my dream a reality.

23. Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of?


I think so. Yes. But not as bad as it used to be. I simply can't let go this one guy from my grasp because he was my first crush. I think what makes it slightly difficult is because both of us work in the same building. And I lost him as a friend. And he believes his friend who made lies about me. It was also my fault. Stupid love letter but I've learned my lesson.

I can't forget his warm beautiful smile and innocent eyes. He was my dream guy, to say the least.

24.When you are 80-years-old, what will matter to you the most?


I hope I have done enough good and honorable things that can benefit people around me and myself. I hope people will remember me as Mr. Nice Guy till my last breath.

25. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right?


Now? We'll never know what will happen tomorrow or the next day. So if you want to do something especially that can benefit people around you positively, do it now.

26. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

When I'm no longer breathing. I think people around me will continue to remind me of my age.

27. Would you break the law to save a loved one?


I say, it depends on the situation and the type of law that I'm going to break.

28. What makes you smile?


Pretty much anything that can emote and channel positiveness in life.

29. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?


I do my best to let my actions speak louder than my words.

30. If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?

Stop being stupid. Think hard and wisely before you say something and create an action. Show more compassion too.
#3
Interesting and provoking, indeed, Jay... I wonder if we shouldn't just keep to 10 questions at a time, otherwise it'll make really long posts and long reading.... Just a suggestion.
#4
[COLOR="Red"]Question 1 - 30:

01. When was the last time you tried something new?

A few weeks ago. I started taking long walks in the morning.

02. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?

No one. I don't really compare myself to others.

03. What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?

"The truth is always in the bottom line"

04. What gets you excited about life?

Every day I wake up and I'm me... I get to experience life as this person and that excites me.

05. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?

Damn near every one of them.

06. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?

Being a good student.

07. Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?

I ask questions when I'm curious, and I settle when I'm not.

08. Who do you love and what are you doing about it?

I love me, and I'm there for me. I love others, and I'm there for them too.

09. What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree?

I'm not sure, I don't really ask other people how they feel about what I believe.

10. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?

Nothing. Everything? I dunno.

11. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?

That really depends on when and what you're crying for.

12. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

Nothing. I don't worry about others judging me very often.

13. Do you celebrate the things you do have?

Yes.

14. What is the difference between living and existing?

Life, awareness, feelings. Dead things exist, inanimate objects exist.

15. If not now, then when?

Later.

16. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?

Yes.

17. What does your joy look like today?

Pink

18. Is it possible to lie without saying a word?

Yes, easily.

19. If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?

For the rest of my life. I'd probably consider marrying him.

20. Which activities make you lose track of time?

Taking to someone I love.

21. If you had to teach something, what would you teach?

Love, happiness, and the acceptance of things you can't control.

22. What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?

I would regret not learning to enjoy being myself.

23. Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of?

Probably, but I'm working on it.

24.When you are 80-years-old, what will matter to you the most?

Ask me when I'm 80.

25. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right?

In the next 10 minutes or so...

26. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

23

27. Would you break the law to save a loved one?

I'd break the law just to have fun, so yes.

28. What makes you smile?

Life.

29. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

Ask me when it's all over, although I doubt you'll get an answer.

30. If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?

Love yourself and find happiness from within yourself, it's something no one can ever take from you.

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#5
I have some free time so I'll take a shot at these, but I'll limit it to 10 per PA's suggestion.

Smile

01. When was the last time you tried something new?

Right now. I'm trying to cultivate a long distance, romantic relationship that I hope evolves into something committed and exclusive, all of which is very new for me.

02. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?

Professionally, my coworkers. Personally, my friends.

03. What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?

Live in the moment. Be here, now.

04. What gets you excited about life?

Travel, exploring, and finding an unexpected gem.

05. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?

That life is better when shared with a partner.

06. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?

I wish I had spent more time in recreation/social activities than work/chores.

07. Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?

I'm constantly questioning what I think I know.

08. Who do you love and what are you doing about it?

Close family/Close friends of course. Try to make time for all.

09. What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree?

The idea that God is not a physical reality but instead a psychological reality and how important this realization is for our well-being (mental, physical, spiritual).

10. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?

Admit that I need a partner in my life.
#6
Great answers Evilbunny. :biggrin:
#7
01. When was the last time you tried something new?
A. Yesterday ,tried out a new recipe.

02. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?
A. No one.

03. What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?
A. Count your blessings not you wrinkles. ( my nan)

04. What gets you excited about life?
A. Nature , my family and pets, feeling, the colors in the sky, the unexpected.

05. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
A. If you have to change yourself to please another , you will reject yourself.

06. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?
A. Spend more time getting my balance on a surf board.

07. Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?
A, Inquisitive by nature , I ask and then check.

08. Who do you love and what are you doing about it?
A. I love my family furry ones included and my friends I never let a day go by , without showing them love.

09. What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree?
A. Jesus died for all our sins , not selected ones.

10. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?
A. Surviving an hour of cage training.

11. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
A. Strength

12. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
A. Not a single thing , I am the way I am due to the paths I took, and I really like who I have become.

13. Do you celebrate the things you do have?
A. No , I celebrate the people and animals in my life.

14. What is the difference between living and existing?
A. Caring and enjoying.

15. If not now, then when?
A. When I am good and ready

16. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
A. Not sure

17. What does your joy look like today?
A. 100%

18. Is it possible to lie without saying a word?
A. Yes , you can conceal a truth.

19. If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?
A. Forever.

20. Which activities make you lose track of time?
A. Graphic design , backyard cricket, playing with Jack ,work and long walks.

21. If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
A. The same as I do now, IT related field to adults with disabilities.

22. What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?
A. I live my life without regrets.

23. Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of?
A. No.

24.When you are 80-years-old, what will mao not tter to you the most?
[COLOR="Purple"]A. Having my husband at my side and watching my boys with their families.
What won't matter is what people think of me.[/COLOR]

25. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right?
A. Last year rope swinging into Ladies Well at Barrington , knowing it was full of eels.

26. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
A. No idea , as i am still a big kid at heart.

27. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
A. Damn right I would.

28. What makes you smile?
A. My loved ones and Jack scratching under my window to wake me up.

29. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
A. Nope , would have done more than I have said . Intend to return this body used up, scars everywhere, bruises, Slide in sideways on BMW and proclaim, "Wow , what a ride."

30. If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
A. Love , dance and live life to the fullest and sin like you mean it. Life does not come with guarantees or a map, learn from your mistakes , regret nothing.
#8
princealbertofb Wrote:Interesting and provoking, indeed, Jay... I wonder if we shouldn't just keep to 10 questions at a time, otherwise it'll make really long posts and long reading.... Just a suggestion.

Okay PA, that was a good suggestion.

We'll keep it to 10 questions on the following round.
#9
Sorry for the long post :biggrin: feel free to "tl;dr" me.
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#10
Rawr Wrote:Sorry for the long post :biggrin: feel free to "tl;dr" me.


I suggested to Jay that 30 questions at any one go would be a lot of reading to do for anyone... so we'll take this in installments, lol... Next questions will be questions 31 - 40 only...


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