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Lisa Madras: To be honest, sometimes it’s OK to lie
When was the last time you lied? What did you lie about? I had to post this question this week because my friend and I had a discussion about this very same subject just yesterday.
Lisa Madras: Yep, you’re gonna miss me ‘When I’m Gone’ — at least I hope so
What’s the one thing you’d like others to remember about you at the end of your life? I've had my funeral song picked out for as long as I can remember. Well, I guess I should say my wake song, since that's what I want instead of a funeral.
Lisa Madras: Want to learn more about yourself? Use some common scents
What is your favorite smell? I could easily list a hundred smells that would top my favorites list: freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, newly fallen leaves, bonfires, apple pie, lilac blooms, the top of a newborn baby's head.
Lisa Madras: Without technology, what’s a kid to do? Plenty!
What’s one downside of the modern day world? Isn't it always the case that the things we love the most are the worst for us? Life is so much more fun and interesting and varied now that we have things like Facebook and smartphones and Words With Friends.
Lisa Madras: You might not remember, but you HAVE made a difference
How would the world be different if you were never born? The first time I read this question, it made me sort of sad. I haven't made any kind of impact on the world at all. How did I, who had such grandiose plans for my life, manage to get this far without accomplishing a single significant thing?
Lisa Madras: Bad habits don’t define you, but they do help explain you
What bad habits do you want to break? Oh, dear me! Where do I even start? I think my bad habits have become so prevalent in my life that I don't even see them as habits anymore — they're just my life.
Lisa Madras: Strike up the band — and the garbage fries — I’m now marching to a different beat
I have to tell you that I have a love/hate relationship with county fairs. I'll drive pretty far to get to one. That's love. But it kills me to have to remortgage the house to pay for it. That, obviously, is hate.
Lisa Madras: Do you understand you?
What do you understand today about your life that you did not understand a year ago? A coworker and I had a conversation this morning about "true callings." It sounds like sort of a wishy washy thing, especially since so many of us would say our true calling is winning the Powerball and spending the rest of our lives on a tropical island surrounded by luxury and beautiful people.
Lisa Madras: What's priceless to you?
What would your ‘priceless’ Mastercard-style commercial be? There answer to this question can change from day to day or even minute to minute. The important thing is that you have an answer at any given time. For me, somedays, my kids would be the star of this commercial. Other days, it would be something about strength or perseverance.
Lisa Madras: I don’t like you, pain, but you complete me
Is this contributing to my completeness? I read this question somewhere a few years ago, and I can't help but marvel at what an astoundingly deep question it is. In fact, I think that if you asked yourself no other questions over the course of your life, this one would be enough.
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