In the infinite list of questions to ask and contemplate, one may find many that resonate personally when asked of themselves. What questions give rise to self-reflection? The answers to these questions may not be as important as thinking of the question and searching for what it means personally.
“The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living”
A place to start could be the proverbial; who, what, when, where and how questions. Applied to personal beliefs, habits and goals these type of questions may lead to new insights or at least new examinations of our own perspectives. Think of the questions you would like to ask yourself. Why do you want to ask those questions?
One could start with a simple question. Am I happy? It is probably better to think before answering. Questions that are asking for reflection might have more resonance after some thought. Why am I happy? Why am I not happy? Would these be good follow up questions? A question for those who wish to be mindful or for those who do not believe in mindfulness might be: Am I focused on the present, the past or the future? How about goals? What are your goals? Which goal is most important? What are you currently doing to achieve that goal?
Do you like yourself? What are your strengths? How do you use them? Would you rather enhance a strength or enhance a weakness? If you could change one thing in your life what would it be? Why? How can you make that change? When can you make that change? What is the first step you will take to make that change?
Do you think for yourself? How do you do that? How do you challenge yourself? Do you make time for personal reflection?
What is your life purpose? What will be your legacy? How do you want to be remembered? What will be said at your funeral? Are you aligned with your purpose?
Could questions be an effective way to start the examination of your life?