28 September is Ask a Stupid Question Day. It started in the 1980s in the US as a holiday for schools and teachers. It was designed to encourage students to ask more questions in the classroom as it was thought that kids sometimes hold back, fearing their question is stupid and they may be ridiculed. But I think it’s a lesson we can all learn from regardless of our age. As Carl Sagan (American planetary scientist, cosmologist and astrophysicist) said, “There are naïve questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate self-criticism. But every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a dumb question”
So, in the spirit of what Carl Sagan said, what do you want to understand or understand better? Something that I have always wondered about is what the first person to milk a cow was trying to do? But seriously, take a moment to find out things you should know. For example, if you are on prescription medication, do you know the possible side effects?
It can also be a chance to ask yourself more fundamental questions about your life and how you live it.
* Am I happy? If not, why not?
* What are my values? Am I living my values?
* Looking back over the last five years, what did I do right?
* Looking back over the last five years, where did I go wrong?
* What scares you or causes you to procrastinate or hesitate?
* How can you take better care of myself?
* Do I have the right people around me?
* Am I improving the lives of others?
* Do I need to forgive myself?
* What do I need to accept and embrace about myself?