The Three Questions

As I wrote about in Theodicy and Learning from Experience, I believe we are here—alive in this universe—we are here to enjoy our lives, learn lessons, and to help others.

A life well lived is made up of days well lived. I want to remind myself of this view daily, to live it to the best of my ability.

I’ve found it helpful to do a Mindful Review practice of asking myself and answering three questions at the end of the day:

  • What did I enjoy doing today? How did I play?
  • What did I learn today? How did I grow?
  • What did I do to serve the world today? How did I benefit others?

Each question comes in two forms. The different forms—question synonyms—get at the same thing, but have distinct flavors or emphases. 

If I’m with a friend, I’ve found it fun to ask them these questions, too, and to share our answers with each other.

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