• Rhonda G. Mincey, M.Ed.

7 Questions Every Person Must Ask Themselves

Updated: May 9

Covid-19 has significantly affected countless lives around the world. Living in isolation with more time on our hands than we knew what to do with, our thoughts and emotions became our closest and constant companions.

As a result, we began to look at life through a different lens. We appreciated and longed for those things we once took for granted – to travel at our whim, dine where we wanted, worship in person, and embrace those we love.

So with our lives on hold, we paused, pondered, and posed questions to ourselves and our Creator - questions relating to purpose, stress, and the "new normal." After searching the Internet, I've compiled some burning questions people asked and added a few of my own.

Which of these life questions have you asked yourself?

Question #1: If you're on your deathbed now, how would you assess the life you've lived?

Some people who have had near-death experiences say that all that happened in their lives flashed before them. Now, imagine yourself about to die. Think about what you've done throughout your life. Is it something that makes you smile? If there were things you've done that you are not proud of, would you change them if you had a chance? What would you do to change them? The famous #inspirationalquote from the late Steve Job's Stanford commencement speech contained this sentiment:

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Question #2: Who am I?

When you look in the mirror, are you happy with the person you see? Do you hold your head up proudly because you have #integrity or a heart for #servingothers?

Or do you see someone who has not lived an authentic or fulfilled life because of your character flaws?

How would you define yourself in three words? #Encourager? Giver? #Leader?

Honestly assess your personality and #character traits, and write them down. And if you find some that are not pleasing to you or that are not value-driven, make a plan to change them today to hold your head up proudly and smile when you see your reflection. Be the best person you can be. Question #3: Who do I want to be?

Once you know who you are, it's time to ask yourself: Do you already know what or who you want to become in the future? If so, then ask what are you doing to #achieveyourgoal?

We may not realize it, but we take the future for granted. How often do we think of what we want to accomplish in 5, 10, or 20 years? The answer for most is not usually the same at all. #Planning our future is as important as saving for the future in that we should know why we are saving money. This could be a short and long term #goal. Make sure to plan for both. If you need help taking the steps towards attaining your goals, ask someone to help you or review the steps in my previous blog, How to Follow Your Life's Purpose. Question #4: Am I saving enough for my future?

Every day, we get one day older, and our future becomes our present. So what we save today will be what we retire with years from now. Most people don't want to rely on government assistance when they retire. So what should you do? Plan to #savenow.

There are many ways you can #savemoney. You can open a high-yield savings account, contribute to your company's 401k plan, save a specific portion of your check each payday, and reduce spending. If you create these habits now, you will appreciate the sacrifice you've made when you are older and retired. You can spend your golden years traveling and enjoying the life you've created. Question #5: Am I a good human being?

Before you sleep at night, ask yourself: What good have I done today? It doesn't have to be complex. Instead, it could be as simple as smiling at a person you met on the road as you walked across the street or offering directions to someone lost. Also, you do not have to give a considerable sum to a non-profit organization (although this is a great idea!). Small gestures can have a huge #impact. So do not underestimate their power. Question #6: Is this what I want to do for the rest of my life?

This question sums up other related questions like, “Am I doing what makes me happy?” “Am I enjoying what I’m doing right now?” As they say, life is short. So we might as well spend it the best way we can. Do the things you’ve been wanting to do. You may be in a job you are not really happy with right now, but you continue to stay there because it pays the bills. However, you do not have to settle. You can make the decision to #pursueyourpassion on the side in your free time. Question #7: What will be my legacy?

Whether you realize it or not, your legacy is something you are living right now. Your legacy is how you will be remembered when you die.

Has your life made a difference for others? There’s a quote that says, “People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

No one will care about your knowledge, awards, riches or material goods. So live everyday knowing that you will leave a #legacy for others.

Decide that your legacy will be one that others can build upon - one that is solid and is beneficial to future generations. Which of these 7 questions have you asked yourself? Which ones have you not thought of and are now pondering? Are there other questions that you ask that I should add to my list?

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