The big question that will shape your life…some food for thought this weekend

The big question that will shape your life…some food for thought this weekend

This article requires little introduction. It's a summary of a TED talk and it touches upon an issue that's at the core of creating real and meaningful, lasting happiness. 

Happiness isn't always about knowing all the answers, but it is often about asking the right questions. 

And this article focuses on the BIG question…

by Christine Comaford 

What if there was a Question you could ask, that when answered, brought you a feeling of profound fulfillment, deep happiness, and inner peace.

The answer put a spring in your step, made you look 10 years younger, made children and animals love you. It resulted in your seeing God, or the divine, in all human beings. It gave you a solid, consistent sense of safety and belonging you never imagined possible. The Answer enabled you to love and be loved like never before.

My Question took me to a Buddhist monastery, 700 of the Fortune 1000, a geisha training room, the Clinton and Bush White Houses, the L.A. County Morgue. It brought me to the feet of great spiritual masters in holy places, to world leaders in gilded mansions and massive board rooms. It brought me to serve the homeless in grimy gutters.

And finally, it brought me to the homes and hospital rooms of 16 strangers, hospice patients that I volunteered for, loved, talked with as they died… all with their Question unanswered. And I thought to myself, what is my Question? I don’t want to die with it still unresolved.

And this is how I realized that we all have one Big Question. Your Question forms the theme of your life. It drives you, it’s why you do what you do.

When I was 7 years old my father told me I was supposed to be a boy, and as a girl I wasn’t pretty or smart. My Question quickly sprung forth:

Am I good enough?

Oh my gosh—maybe I wasn’t good enough, maybe I was a reject of some sort. If I wasn’t good enough, what was I going to do with my whole life ahead of me? Live some sort of inconsequential, substandard existence?

…keep reading the remainder of this thought provoking (and hopefully happiness provoking) article – HERE