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What has been the most enlightening question in your life?

Asked by noelasun (1894points) May 29th, 2009

I always ask this question to people I meet when I feel like I have something to learn from them.
What has been the most helpful question you’ve asked?
or, What question have you found to be most important to ask yourself?

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wundayatta's avatar

What’s going on here? Why is it happening this way?

I know, two questions, but they are related.

And, of course, I didn’t say “where’s the beer?” Like I wanted to!

zephyr826's avatar

Where are we going? (both in terms of physical direction, and plans for the future). I still ask myself this question every few months to make sure I’m aware of what’s going on in my life.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Is money really that important to me? Do I want to work in a job I hate just because the pay is good?


Changed career from banking to nursing.

Strauss's avatar

If not now, when, and if not me, whom?

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

“How do you feel when you give to others compared to how do feel when someone gives to you… where will you focus your energy now to feel your personal best, do the most positive with what power you have?”

Charlton Ehizuelen

augustlan's avatar

“How important will this be 5 years from now?”

wildflower's avatar


evolverevolve's avatar

What is my purpose in this world? I still don’t know the question and think about it often, along with, Why are we here?

sdeutsch's avatar

What feels like the right thing? I trust my gut instinct for most big decisions, and as long as I follow my instincts, things usually work out in the end…

Blondesjon's avatar

If I have to question it, I probably shouldn’t be doing it.

rooeytoo's avatar

I think the most important question I ask myself is “Why am I doing this?”

If I truly did that each time before I act, I would probably avoid a lot of unnecessary grief and wasted energy.

hearkat's avatar

I once had a boss/mentor/friend ask me: “Don’t you know how to be happy?”
(I didn’t; and this realization made me seriously ponder what ‘happiness’ meant to me; who did I know that seemed to be happy; and how could I become more like them?)

About 2 years ago man was interacting with via an online dating site asked me: “What do you see when you look in the mirror?”
(My reply was “Damaged goods”, because I still saw the face of a child who had been used and abused and treated like dirt. I no longer feel this way and I think that this specific question was somewhat of a catalyst for change. This actually just came back to me the other day, and I have been considering sending him a note to thank him… this question is verification to me that I should do so.)

Bluefreedom's avatar

“Will I ever need to use Algebra later in life like my math teacher told me I would after I graduated high school?” No

essieness's avatar

I agree with @wildflower… “Why?” I’ve always questioned everything and my mother can attest to that. The thought of believing something just because somebody says that’s the way it is is completely foreign to me. The question “Why?” has helped me understand the world around me so much better.

CMaz's avatar

What is it all about?

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