Flickr Photo by Alexander Henning Drachmann
Flickr Photo by Alexander Henning Drachmann


Sometimes asking the right questions is the answer.

It’s 4am on a Friday and I should be sleeping.  But I haven’t been able to get more than four hours of sleep all week.  Good indicator that I’m stressed out…but that’s okay.  “This too shall pass.”

Instead of laying in bed hoping for sleep to come back, I’ve decided to try the “productive insomnia” approach.

In my last post, I shared some encouraging signs that can help us see that we’re all doing better than we think we are.  Such an eye opener that it’s the little victories that can matter the most.

Then I found Marc and Angel’s article, “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind” that’s also SO money. Below are my favorites:

  1. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
  2. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
  3. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
  4. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
  5. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
  6. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
  7. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
  8. What are you most grateful for?
  9. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
  10. Has your greatest fear ever come true?
  11. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?
  12. What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?
  13. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
  14. If not now, then when?
  15. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
  16. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
  17. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
  18. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
  19. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
  20. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
  21. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
  22. Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

I just read through this again and it put a smile on my face.  Remember: “life is not a dress rehearsal; we’ve only got one shot at it.”

Anyone else having trouble sleeping?  Please commiserate with me below.  If you’re also on the productive insomnia track, allow me to recommend my favorite coffee here.

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