The point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer
—Rainer Maria Rilke
Last weekend, I had breakfast with my dad. I explained that I feel particularly satisfied on days when I create something—a blog, a drawing, or a beautiful graph—and share it with someone. My dad smiled. Then, he replied, “I have a good day when something unexpected happens.”
As he said this, I realized that how you evaluate your days determines the person you become.
There are many questions we can ask ourselves daily, such as:
- Did I create something meaningful?
- Did I learn something new?
- Did I make someone smile?
- Did I get better at my craft?
- Did I meet someone new?
- Have I become a wiser person?
- Did I encounter something unexpected?
- Did I help somebody?
- Did I do something that scared me?
- Did I work on something that can change the world?
- Did I invest in the people around me?
- Did I work with amazing people?
It’s worth asking yourself: am I asking the right questions? There is no one-question-fits-all, but each question reflects certain values. Asking, “have I helped someone?” means you value compassion and kindness. Summing up what you’ve learnt at the end of the day indicates a commitment to personal growth.
Which questions do you ask yourself at the end of your day? Do they reflect what you truly care about, or are they merely a product of your environment and the past?
Thanks to Jan Overgoor for reviewing an earlier version of this post.