Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Part of a List That's Part of a List

One thing on my list of 101 Things to do in 1001 was to answer the "50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind."  The questions have no right or wrong answer.  Because sometimes asking the right questions is the answer.  Here are some of the questions and my responses:

Which is worse, failing or never trying?
a.    Failing.  I really don’t like failing.  I am a perfectionist and I would rather not try than do something I would fail at.
If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
a.    We often do things we believe we have to do.  We do things we don’t like because we think it is expected of us.  We like things that we don’t do because what if we did them and failed or they turned out not to be as good as we thought.
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
a.    Working with children or music.  Luckily I chose to be a teacher, and trust me, it’s not for the money. :)
If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
a.    If I had less than 20 years left I would trust a little easier, love a little harder, talk a little less, do a little more.
What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
a.    I know that I organize a lot of things differently that most people.  I color code almost everything (to-do lists, notes, calendars).  My movies are alphabetized.  Books are sorted by author and then alphabetized.  I even have running lists of books and movies I own. 
How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
a.    Because if the same things made everyone happy there would be no individuality.  Being different is what makes us special.
Why are you, you?
a.    I am me because of my ancestors who came before me.  I am me because of my family and the way I was raised.  I am me because that is who God made me to be.
Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
a.    Because those involved in the war are human.  And humans are not perfect.  We are flawed.  We often twist pieces of our religions to support our wars.

So, how would you answer some of these questions?


  1. I liked your answers, especially to the last question. Couldn't agree more!

  2. I like your answer to the "If life is so short..." question. I think you are exactly right. There are certain paths that society has paved for us. We're trying to follow them and "keep up" with what's expected. Where would our paths go if we followed our own hearts and minds fully?


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