Questions have an amazing power to impact the way that we look at the world, even when we don’t answer them directly. I have become a big fan of podcasts this past year. One of the podcasts I listen to is called The Model Health Show. It is hosted by Shawn Stevenson. On one of his recent episodes, he discussed the value of having a morning routine. What we do each morning really shapes the way our whole day will unfold. I was skeptical at first, but noticed today how the question I asked myself this morning seeped into my experience as the day went along. I try to meditate for at least 20 minutes at the start of each day, and at the end of my meditation, I ask myself a question. The question of the day for today was, “How can I serve?”
As talked with my wife, as I went into Trader Joe’s, as I entered my staff meeting, I found myself revisiting this question. It seemed to echo with me and resonate differently depending on the situation I was in. Still, it was always entirely relevant. It actually caused me to look at the environment I was in to determine how best to facilitate the experience. Whether it was a smile to a stranger, a comforting word to a colleague or a suggestion about an event we were planning, having that awareness of being in service made me feel more productive and more centered.
I think the question being asked is important, but the most important thing is that we are asking questions of ourselves that wake us up and make us think more deeply about our purpose in this life. I wish you deep and challenging questions and the openness to receiving the answers in whatever form they come.