The most frightening place I know is a space about the size of a small melon. It is the space between my ears. That space is supposed to be occupied by an incredible thinking machine called my brain. In actuality it is a place that is as incredibly beautiful as it can be frightening. What makes it so frightening is the brutal honesty that resides there. It is through this brutal honesty with ourselves that we can find a place called happiness or at least we might clarify it in our search for happiness.

Here are 5 questions that I believe if you answer honestly you will discover a new sense of freedom. Especially if you respect the answers you have given yourself. This could be that push you've been needing, seize the moment and dare to be true to you.



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1. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

I have heard the phrase "act your age" since I was young enough to act the way I was acting. I find that when my actions reflect the age I choose to feel I am capable of some incredible things. Among those things are being satisfied that I squeezed every drop of good out of the moment I was living in.






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2. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

Oh, that's how you live your life already? Liar! I bet we would be a nation of singers and cowboys and ballerinas like we dreamed of being when we were innocent. Maybe we'd even wear a two piece swimsuit at a beach where nobody knows us anyway. Got you with that one didn't I?




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3. If you had a friend who spoke to you the way you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend?

Your mouth doesn't have to say it for your mind to hear it. We all do this way too often. We are to quick to judge and too harsh in our assessment of the one person we really need to be best friends with. If we only could see ourselves as human and understand that it is so wrong to treat ourselves with such contempt we might begin to find the amazing person that we are desperately seeking in the mirror.



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4. What activities make you lose track of time?

These activities hold the key that might unlock that mythical door to the happiness and fulfillment we all are seeking. Far to often we work too hard and too long on things that don't have an ounce of meaning in our definition of existence. Some people love their job, I do. Others  get lost in music, painting, teaching, writing, thinking and other activities that put us closer to our own inner peace. You know what you need to do, yet you deny yourself that spiritual nutrition for the empty calories of Facebook, reality shows and hurtful gossip.





5. Are you holding on to something you need to let go of?

I know I am holding on to so much yesterday it sometimes crowds out the promise of today. You probably have resentment and anger stored deep inside you that are only poisoning your potential happiness. Let it go. Revenge is a dish best left in the past. Far to often it is our pride that won't allow us to forgive, forget and move on. We feel we are weak if we don't exact a pound of flesh for dirty deeds done against us. You can keep that rotting garbage in your happy place or you can clean it out and make room for better days.


I hope that you had a moment to think about your answers. I hope you have a lifetime to explore those answers. Life is a collection of moments, each one far to precious to be wasted on things that don't and won't matter.

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