Friday, April 13, 2007

The Power of Questions, Revisited--Audience Participation Encouraged!

This morning I have a conversation that leaves me wondering: what one question could I ask which, when answered, would most completely reveal the essense of a person's being?

Half hour later, as I chew on this, I am granted the ultimate luxury out of the blue: permission to ask not one but FIVE questions-- and be answered.

I begin my list. What would YOU ask? And at least as importantly, what do you yearn to be asked?


  1. What is the purpose of your life? or Why are you here?
    -(This is actaully Liz)

  2. Where are you going?

    Close your eyes. Wait a few seconds. What do you see?

    What is the most beautiful thing you ever saw?

    That’s all for now. But in Babylon 5 (geek alert!), the creator/writer/producer uses a questioning technique in one episode called “Signs and Portents.” In it, an unassuming representative from an ancient race comes to Babylon 5 and asks each character, “What do you want?” The trick is that the representative keeps asking the same question until the character truly answers it. It also works with “Who are you?” (Which also is used in the series, but most miss the connection.)

  3. (this is actually Cyrus)

    Small children have insight to this when they continually ask WHY? But if I want to know what is really on the inside of a person I would ask:

    What are you grateful for?

    List out 5 things on paper every morning for 30 days. Don't repeat any items and see what happens in your life after a month.

    More questions I would ask:

  4. Cy, does this mean you won't call me "interrogator" anymore when I incessantly ask "why?"

  5. "Because."

    Hey, it always worked for Mom...