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What Questions Do You Have?

We all have questions.  Even if you don’t think you have any questions I assure you that you do.  My first question is how important are the answers to these questions and will the answers get me any closer to my desired goal of health and healing.  There are different kinds of questions.  There are questions that amuse the mind and keep us in a light and airy space maybe we call it wonder.  Other questions are more in depth, cut to the chase, dive to the deepest of our hearts and souls and reflect “the meaning of life”.

I’m not talking about “the meaning of life” in the big sense.  But there are questions about what are your special gifts and have you used them to the fullest.  Last night on “The Biggest Loser”, the contestant voted off is changing careers.  He was a landscaper and is now studying to become a personal trainer.  He started the competition at 372 and at this point in the competition has lost 137 pounds.  He decided to change careers because he has found answers to the inner questions such as: “Why am I willing to sacrifice my families happiness for the short term pleasure in food?”  Other questions he may have asked, “There is a huge problem with weight in my culture; I’m just following my tribe”, “I have a job, a wife, and great kids, why do I need to lose weight?”

On a deeper level the question he needed the answer to was “How can I help turn the tides of illness and death in the Tongan culture”.  He found a bigger calling.  He asked the hard questions and got straight answers, maybe for the first time in his life.  He was willing and open to hear the truthful answers.  Are you willing to ask the hard questions about your purpose on this earth?  There’s two newborn infants, one with a bad heart and one needing a heart.  The parents have to make the decision for the child about should they donate their child’s heart.  Can you think of any harder question in the world?  Are the parents of the child who will die answering the question, “what was the child’s mission on this earth?”

Ask the hard questions.  Don’t shy away from the hard questions.  The answers to the questions are your way to freedom.  The answers are liberation!  The answers promote health and healing!


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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