The inspiration for this post came from an article by meditation teacher Jack Kornfield.
He listed three questions that we can reflect upon if we’re conscious at the time of our death:
- Did I love well?
- Did I live fully?
- Did I learn to learn to let go?
The problem, of course, is that once you’re on your death bed, you can’t really change your answers.
For example, if you failed to love well during your lifetime, it’s probably too late to change that when your life is near the end.
And not all of us will be conscious or have the capacity to ask these questions before we die.
So instead I’d like to propose a series of questions to ask yourself on a regular basis BEFORE you’re on your deathbed.
Long before you’re on your deathbed.
If you ask yourself these questions on a regular basis, I guarantee that you’ll be on the way to creating a more meaningful life.
Without further ado….
7 Powerful Questions For Building a Meaningful Life
1. Who am I deep down inside?
This is an uncomfortable question but one that we almost have to ask if we’re to live a full, meaningful life.
Many of us live our lives behind masks, afraid to show our true selves to the world.
After a while, we become so accustomed to wearing our masks that we no longer realize we have them on.
Asking this question repeatedly is part of the process of taking off our masks and being who we truly are deep inside.
2. What do I want the message of my life to be?
Whether you want to or not, you are creating a message for others by how you live your life and the choices you make.
What’s wonderful is that it’s within your power to create one that inspires other people and that makes the world a better place!
So what message do you want to send with your life?
3. Who in my life needs to know how much I appreciate them?
Several months ago, I wrote a tribute to a friend of mine who committed suicide.
I never told her how much I valued the time that we spent together and now it’s too late.
Don’t make the same mistake.
Let people in your life know that they matter to you and that you value them.
4. How can I be more generous to others?
Generosity is contagious!
I know that when I see others being generous, I feel inspired to be more generous and giving myself and that I get the “warm fuzzies” inside.
Look for ways to be more generous to others in your life, while expecting nothing from them in return.
5. What am I grateful for right now?
No matter what’s going on in your life there are lots of things that you can be grateful for.
Unfortunately, it’s easy for us to take those things for granted.
Regularly focusing on the positive in our lives is one of the best ways to increase our overall level of happiness.
6. What is going well in my life and how can I create more of that?
Many times we focus on what’s going wrong in our lives and how we can fix all of our problems.
A better approach is to focus on what’s going well and to find ways to improve and increase what’s already working.
7. What am I holding onto that I need to let go of?
We all hold onto things from our past that no longer serve us.
Past hurts, past slights, past judgments.
Maybe now is the time to start letting go and to start living more in the present.
So there you have it….7 powerful questions for building a meaningful life.
Ask yourself these questions on a regular basis – daily, weekly, monthly.
Write your answers in a journal or reflect upon them in a quiet space.
And then start making any necessary changes to your life so that you’re living better answers and building a more meaningful life.
And now I turn it over to you.
Which question resonated with you the most?
What question did I leave off that needs to be added to the list?
Let me know in the comments below!