Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Big Questions

There are many timeless questions that each person asks of himself:

Who am I?
Why am I here?
Who is God?
Why do bad things happen to good people?
How was the world created?
What happened to the dinosaurs?
What I do if there is a catastrophic event?
Why does money exist?
Who really is in charge of this _____?

Obviously this list could get pretty long.  I once considered these questions vital and important.  Once I turned my life over to God, the big questions became small and unimportant.

However, I am concerned about other things, and have created a new list:

Where did I park the car?
By the way, where are the car keys?
Did I close the garage door?
What is the expiration date on _____?
What is that person’s name—the one approaching me with a big smile?
Where is the next exit off the freeway?
Where is the closest bathroom?
I mean it, where is the closest bathroom?
What is the price of this___?  The print is too small.

These are pretty basic questions, I’ll give you that.
But, they matter to me.
I suspect there are many readers who could add to this list.

Any other questions you would suggest?


  1. hahaha thankfully I don't have to ask those later questions yet. The first ones I blame most of them on the old "The aliens did it" theory..haha.

  2. Hey there. I wasn't sure which one of your blogs was your main one, so I opted for this one. Sometimes it seems the human race just asks all the wrong questions. We often wonder why, but when something unexplainable happens we should realy be wondering what are we going to do about it. Have a great day. :)

  3. Why are they making the print smaller in newspapers and phone books?
    Where did I leave the magnifying glasses?
    Does anyone know where I left my readers?
    (While watching TV and during commercials) Does anyone remember what we were watchng?
    You know that show we always watch cause we love it so much, you know the one, what's its name?
    Have we had lunch today?

  4. Your second list resonated like Big Ben.

    I would also add What am I cooking for dinner?, and
    Can I convince anyone else to do it?

  5. Dear Susan,
    Yes, "How does one avoid liver spots?"
    And "Where did those dark circles come from?"


  6. You would think that as we get older, we would have less questions. When we were younger the questions we asked were more intangible, as we age, they are more about getting through the day.

  7. You know what I forgot to do today? Go to jury duty. No joke. The lady at the courthouse was very forgiving, but I'm so embarrassed. So I received the answer to my question today, "What kind of person forgets to go to jury duty?" Answer: the 15 week pregnant, over-stressed, busy writing mother of three kind. Geez.

  8. This made me smile, which is good! And as Starting Over says, the older we get the more the question becomes, How do I get through this day?! But that's the way it is on planet earth.

    Thanks for a fun post!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

  9. Good lists! Why does the cat sleep on my keyboard?

  10. Your first list looks like my prospective future blog topic list.

    I always scout out bathroom locations and keep track of where the rest stops are if I'm traveling. It's that or not drink any liquids.

    A Faraway View

  11. I am compiling the questions posed, and will publish them in another blog. Thanks to you all!

    Arlee: Are you really going to tackle those big questions? Brave man!
    Pat: I've been watching those shows on Aliens in the Inca world, too.
    Laila: That is a good question: What are we going to do about it? I think that one belongs on the first list.

  12. Oh boy, do I ever relate to this! Here are my current questions:
    "What's it called?" (for just about everything) "Did I take my vitamin?" "Did I feed the dog?" "What day is this?" (particularly when I have to go pick my students up from specialist. It matters which day it is!) "Class, now we're going to . . . what were we going to do???"


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