11 Good Questions
By Bernadette A. Moyer
When Dawn left a lengthy comment on a recent blog I decided to check out her blogs too. The first one that hit me was about 11 questions, so I screen shot them to get back to later and as I was reading them I thought they could made several good blog posting or I could answer them all at once; so here we go:
1.) Is your life today, half empty or half full?
My life is always half full, I have been blessed to always view my life in the most positive ways regardless of whatever challenges I may be facing. Even in the worst of times I have been glad I was born and happy that I was still learning and have the abilities to feel whether it was good or bad. I am fortunate to have experienced so much and known real and true love. I have loved and been loved and that makes for a pretty full life. I love so many people, places and things, always!
2.) How have you found goodness from bad situations in your life? Explain, please?
As a writer my “bad situations” have allowed me to write about them, to share them and then to connect with others who have already experienced them or are currently going through them. Being widowed at age 23 afforded me an opportunity to study death and later to write about it. Same can be said having experienced estrangement. They of course are sad and even “bad situations” that once I dealt with I was able to connect with so many readers by writing about them. This also allowed me to heal myself.
3.) Which relationships have been the most challenging for you, and what strategies have you created to improve them?
My most challenging relationships have been in my first family of origin. There was a lot of abuse and drama; there was alcoholism, violence and sexual abuse. As a child I had to live through what I was subjected too. When I became an adult and a mother and the abuse was going to run through yet another generation that was when I decided enough was enough. There are/were no “strategies” to change a situation and people that were unwilling to see the truth. They could live in denial and I couldn’t. The only way to survive them was to leave them behind. I couldn’t live their lie and made the choice to save myself and my children. No regrets.
4.) What causes you angst, and how do you overcome it?
I have difficulty with people that lie to my face or lie about me. I typically try to confront it and try and understand it and if that isn’t possible I move on without them. I like feeling close to the people in my life and I only know how to do this with trust. You can’t trust someone who lies to you so you really can’t be all that close to them. I can accept most anything from anyone as long as it is coming from an honest and real place.
5.) Have you ever written your own jokes???? Memorized them and then tried them in the long, boring line at the Post Office?
No! Not me at all! I love a good joke and I love to laugh but creating jokes and then telling them would not ever even occur to me!
6.) What challenges are you facing in your life right now?
Great question! I have done so many things that I have wanted to do and accomplish in my work life. I want to have another work related challenge that inspires me to do my best work and I have not uncovered it yet but I know that it will reveal itself when the time and opportunity is right. Basically what is next?
7.) What do you obsess over? How do you rein in your obsessions?
I always obsess over my diet and exercise. In my adult life I have been a size 5 to a size 12. I feel best at a size 8 and 10. I love food I love to eat but I also like being slimmer. So I always think about food and always about my body size. It has been a lifelong obsession and some days/weeks I manage it better than others!
8.) What strategies do you employ for stress relief?
The older I get the more time I allow for prayers, for quiet time alone and for times of reflection. When I allow myself the time to process things I find very little in life that stresses me out. Filling my heart and my soul with positive thoughts and prayerfulness allows me to manage any stress that comes my way.
9.) What other worldly phenomena have you experienced? (Intuition, déjà vu, ET, communication with lost loved ones, etc.) What have you learned from them?
I have thought about people and then heard from them by what could be considered out of the blue. When my husband first died and it was just days after he left this life I felt his presence over me it was a calm and peaceful experience for me. I had a similar experience a few months after my mother’s passing. We had a difficult relationship. Things happened things came forward that were decades overdue. I knew then that she knew the truth and that she was speaking to me and sorry. It was again peaceful and healing. I learned that if we are truly connected to someone even when they pass this life that we still remain connected.
10.) How do you make new friends, or strike up a conversation with a stranger?
I find it easy to talk to most people. There is usually something that connects us all and most people enjoy talking about themselves. So I ask questions, I am always interested in meeting new and interesting people. I am always curious about where people come from and how they live their lives. I think I learned this from my Italian grandmother. She always asked questions and always wanted to know who was connected to whom and where families originated from.
11.) What do you love to create? How do you motivate yourself to do more of what you love?
I am enjoying the process in all things more and more, I love to write and to share and to connect to others through my writings. The paycheck is always when it hits someone right in their heart and they are touched and motivated to return the favor by reaching back to me.
There is no greater high for this writer than to be affirmed! I also love to cook and to bake and to eat and share those creations with others. I am also becoming more of a gardener with both flowers and vegetables. I enjoy the growing process and then the harvest of bringing that which was created outdoors to bringing it inside.
As I write this I have two vases filled with hydrangeas from my garden and the first tomatoes and fresh mint from the yard.
Thanks Dawn! I hope others will read mine and then answer the 11 questions too!
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2 thoughts on “11 Good Questions”
Wow! What a beautiful, thoughtful list of answers. I hope you learned more about yourself through answering these questions, as I have learned more about you :)) My sentiments as to your loss and challenges in life. And yet, here you are, writing and sharing, and continuing on . . .
I particularly like how you take the time to ask questions to strangers and get them talking about themselves — a powerful elixir. And I appreciate your ability to find relaxing, prayerful stress relief.
“The older I get the more time I allow for prayers, for quiet time alone and for times of reflection. Filling my heart and my soul with positive thoughts and prayerfulness allows me to manage any stress that comes my way.”
This is a post in itself! And a much appreciated strategy :))
I feel honored that our paths have crossed, and our lives have enhanced each other’s :)) Dawn
Thanks Dawn! Ditto! I enjoyed the Q&A! It was fun …