Thursday, December 30, 2004

Questions . . .

As a journalist, I never mastered the Barbara Walters-get-them-to-cry-by-asking-the-curve-ball-question technique. I tend to ask for name, rank and forget to ask for cereal choice. But as I've been reading around the blog scene, I've been intrigued with the folks who invite questions and then even further intrigued by the quality of the questions that are posed.

Made me think that I'd like to see if anyone out there has any interesting questions they often ask to break the ice, turn a conversation, or just delve a little deeper into the psyche of their conversational partner.

I'm going to start a list of some I've seen or some I've made up. You can add questions or you can answer some by clicking on comments or email me. As usual and as a journalist, I'm just curious!
  • If you could change one thing about the world, yourself, or both, what would it/they be?
  • What's the book, music (in whatever form you choose) or movie you'd want to have with you should you ever wind up on that infamous deserted island?
  • What quote (from book, music, movie, etc.) would sum up the last few years of your life?
  • What quote do you want the next few years to look like?
  • What's one thing you've done that you wish you could un-do?
  • What's one thing you've not done that you still have on your wish list?
  • When you think of a perfect moment where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing?
  • What music is playing in the background of the above mentioned moment?
  • When something tragic happens is your first reaction to act, pray, ignore or something else? Why?
  • What photograph (real or one you missed taking) from your past experiences do you wish you had in your possession to regularly reflect on and cherish?
  • What's your favorite sound, word, profession that you would do if you weren't in the one you're in?
  • What's your least favorite sound, word, profession that you wouldn't do even if you were forced?

Ok, that's enough for now. I may even try to answer a few of these myself!


Anonymous said...

I'm reminded of a couple of questions that prompt deeper thinking on my part. "Looking back over the past 24-hours, which moment would you like to repeat (that is live it again to enjoy)?" And then, too, "Looking back over your past 24-hours, what would like you like a chance to "do-over"?

Jean said...

I'm so glad you are back! I hope your vacation was as wonderful as you are!

For the post, I agree, that is one of those things I truly enjoy about blogs. It isn't just me posting something to a website, but an opportunity for conversation or discourse of some sort. Granted, you don't necessarily get a lot of responses, but if people take a second to think and it isn't just about the author, but about us as a human community, then it is a wonderful way to communicate.

A few quick answers
- on the dessert island I want 2 movies - Moulin Rouge so I can sing and dance and Princess Bride so I can laugh
- the last few years of my life can be summed up (I'm sure this is mis-quoted) "To every time there is a purpose under heaven"
- the next few years I would love the quote to be "you are my sunshine"
- the moment I will cherish for ever a a movie in my mind is the look on my father's face when I went home and suprised him for his 60th birthday - I have never seen such love and joy before or since.

My question for the day: Was there anything that happened in the last few weeks that truly blessed you with a feeling of the true meaning of Christmas? Did you do anything to bring that feeling to someone else? If you did, you changed the world.