TWELVE QUESTIONS

TWELVE QUESTIONS
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Grab a cup of coffee ...  and respond reflectively to the twelve questions presented.
Your answers may surprise and challenge you:
1) What are your short and long range goals. How quickly and concretely can you identify them? 
*Individuals with specific goals are more deliberate, disciplined, and successful in life than those without.
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2) If you could spend a fun day doing whatever you wanted and with whoever you wanted, what would you do and who would you do it with?
When was the last time you enjoyed a fun day?
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3) Consider the last funeral you attended.
What impact (positive or negative) did that individual have on you?
What impact did you have on them?
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4) Songs, lyrics, and quotes tend to lodge themselves in our minds for a reason. What words are being rehearsed in yours and for what reason?
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5) Reflect on two individuals, past and present, who inspire and challenge you.
What traits do they possess that draw you?
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6) Outside of your spouse and family members, who are your closest friends?
Do you respect them and do you wish to become like them?
 Your response is a direct revelation about you. Do you like who you're becoming?
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7) Name five traits you possess.
Did you find yourself selecting negative or positive traits?
Your answer is quite a revelation of your attitude toward yourself.
Which trait matters most to you?
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8) What subjects do you possess the most knowledge about and what conversations generate the most interest in you?
Who are you passing that knowledge off to that would most benefit?
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9) Consider three lessons you've learned the hard way and identify them in concrete terms.
How do these lessons continue to affect your life in positive and progressive ways?
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10) What obstacles stand between you and your goals or desires?
What will you do "today" to arrive one step closer?
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11) What do you believe about God and eternity?
What does the amount of time you give spiritual matters suggest to you?
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12) Recall the three most intimate acts you've ever experienced.
Reflect on them carefully and consider what they reveal to you about your defining of intimacy and "why" they had such a profound effect on you.
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Remove yourself unapologetically from frenzied activity and allow your mind, soul, and spirit time to process and absorb your experiences, reflections, and answers.
Your responses are a revelation about you and, if you're listening closely, wield the power to communicate a profound message to you.
Also ...
Consider which of the twelve questions you found yourself returning to and which questions you most enjoyed answering or found most provoking. These, also, are a revelation about you and identify something important going on in you.
Be gentle with yourself in your answers.
Be thoughtful.
Be honest.
And above all ...
 Be intentional about the life you live.
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"Still around the corner there may wait;
A new road or a secret gate."
-J.R.R.Tolkien