Is there one question “you are never tired of asking and will never know the answer to”? This is the question 2014 IABC World Conference* speaker Lesley Jane Seymour referred to in her keynote session, “Discovering Your Life’s Question.” The question was also the subject of her May editorial column.
As Editor-in-Chief of More Magazine/More.com, Ms. Seymour’s own question has long been, “How do I change the world?” She invited members of the audience to stand up and share their own questions, and here are some of them (my apologies that for most of them, I don’t know the speaker):
- “I want to know what YOU know that I don’t know.”
- “Is this my best work?”
- “Am I tapping into my passion? How will I know?”
- “Why not? What’s the worst that could happen?” (Related to trying one new thing a month. Ms. Seymour commented, “To be risk averse by staying in one place is imaginary. Nothing is secure any more. You need to be like a snail — take your home with you and move.”
- “Is what I’m doing right?” (The moral compass.)
- “Did everyone have a great day?” (This was something the son of my IABC/Toronto colleague Sheila Corriveau used to ask at dinner (and still does, she tells me), giving the family a chance to share the positive, or figure out how to change or avoid the negative.)
- “What will be the climax of my life story?”
It was a thought-provoking session, and I am still thinking of my own question. What about you? Does a particular question guide your life?
*I was there, but not there — as a volunteer, I was at the hotel, but only had a chance to duck into a couple of sessions. Plus, due to personal events in my life, I couldn’t even be social. Oh well, there is always next year (San Francisco, June 14-17, 2015).
Image: Question mark by “jscreationzs” and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.
I like the “Did everyone have a great day?” question – such a simple way to put the focus on the positive. Also like the idea of trying one new thing a month, work or otherwise. It’s so easy to become complacent – sometimes we need to be proactive in bringing change into our lives.
Sharon, I love that question too! I’m also partial to “Why not?”