Sunday, March 31, 2013

Some Questions for Life

Here's a list of questions to ponder:

1. How do you make decisions about what to say yes or no to?

2. What are the rules and priorities that govern your life today?

3. Where do you struggle in your life now?

4. What's most important to you?

5. What do you give your energies to? Might you give some of these things up?

6. Does what you do reflect the person you wish to be? Is your day an accurate reflection of how you want to live your life?

7. Where do you long for order?

8. What is the cornerstone of your life?

9. Do you put the most important things first?

10. What are you waiting to claim about your life - that, if you don't claim it, you might later regret?

11. What clear and demanding questions might you need to ask about your life?

12. Where are you merely visiting life?

and, a last question:

13. What is it you need to know, be assured of, be relieved of, be helped out of or into, to be quenched or quelled, without which you don't know how you could go on?

(I didn't create these questions - they come from the Brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist near Boston, from their series about how to write a rule (not rules) of life.)


  1. Great post. For many years Betty and I lived a rule of life in the Franciscan Third Order - lay people who want to learn how to live a life of service and simplicity.

    On this Easter Day I'll answer one question - Jesus is the cornerstone of my life.

    Have a blessed Easter, Kate.


  2. Wow Kate ....that is some very thought provoking questions .....An answer for number 10 .... I need to claim time ( that is time for what is important). And this Easter is a good time to start
    Wishing you, your family and your horses a very wonderful Easter

    1. sally - time, and how we organize and use it, is so important.

      A very happy Easter to you and yours as well!

  3. great questions, but for the moment I have no answers, good to think about though

  4. Kate is amazing questions...The answer to your fourth question is my family and my love

  5. I copied these questions out (with attribution to the brothers, as you mentioned) and brought them home to show to my husband--it's a good list of questions to discuss while sitting around our wood stove on these chilly rainy days.

  6. Wow...these are seriously difficult questions that if given depth of thought and brutal honesty, would reveal much about where we are, verses where our hearts lie. With just a quick glance, I can already see that I spend far too much of my life doing "stuff" that are wasteful and have no meaning. Not how I want to be spending my precious time...for me, I think the real question might be, how does one make a commitment to change and use time valueably? Such a fine line; what we must do compared to what we want to be doing.

  7. Very awesome spark to answer those great queries.
    Been doing just that of late, re evaluating and discerning what's real , imagined and worthy.
    Thanks for this, Kate


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