Question Day! I’m so glad it’s Friday, question day on this blog! I love questions! Am looking forward to hearing your comments on this! Have a super Friday and best of the weekend!

What’s the best thing in the world?

* Breathing
* The Wind
* Family, Friends
* Calm, relaxed happiness
* Reading a fiction book while eating a bowl of blueberries
* When you feel good inside
* When you don’t need to rush
* Being high up on a mountain in the warm wind

Those are some of my answers. What are yours?

On Fridays, I am going to post questions because I love questions and ask myself questions regularly. I would love it if you feel like answering the questions! Thanks. (I’m a big fan of privacy also, so if you don’t want to put your name in, just use an initial or just fill in the letter “A” and we’ll know it’s anonymous, and if you don’t want to put your email address for privacy reasons, just put mine – it’s at the link ’email me’ above.)


  1. Nick
    Posted Friday June 30, 2006 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    In reading your answers and thinking of my own, I would say they are quite the same. My aswers are: peace, happiness, and a sense of belonging/security/attachment (love basically). If you look into how you’re feeling in each of your answers, you’ll find that you’re feeling peaceful, happy, and loved.

  2. Posted Friday June 30, 2006 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    The first thought I had was ME BEING IN THE WORLD! THAT’S THE BEST! By that I mean that the world is pretty darn awesome, and that by being in it and appreciating it, that’s the best thing ever.

    And being part of the world means that you share it with people who feel the same way, and this creates a cycle of awesomeness that creatives positive energy. This is the foundation of much of my good feeling.

    But this is a bit abstract… if I were to boil it to a single moment, it would be seeing an initial spark of insight flicker in someone’s eyes, and watching that spark develop into a healthy passion. That’s super awesome. It can come from anywhere too, which is part of the mystery of the world that I like.

    There’s an old Orson Scott Card book called “Wyrms”, about the deposed royal family of some fantasy land. The father of this family, who would have been the next king, serves as an advisor to the usurper, nevertheless teaches his daughter in the arts of statecraft, diplomacy, and assassination. He reminds her of something very important: “the king’s house is all the world”. While on the surface this sounds like “responsibility”, the way her father related it was in the context of love; House and home can be equivalent to HEART, and positivity flows from that.

    While I’m not a king, I like to think of developing that same mentality, and at any given time I can stop and feel the world flowing around me, and by dipping myself into the flow I am expressing a kind of love back to it.

    I also like dark chocolate, gourmet cheeses, and that pleasantly-tired feeling after you’ve snowshoed WAY MORE THAN YOU THOUGHT YOU WANTED AND THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO DIE, and are safely back at the inn eating a meal in front of the fire, chatting idly with your friends and feeling that closeness and kinship just before you go to sleep.

  3. Posted Friday June 30, 2006 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    For me, it’s a simple thing: watching my six-and-a-half month old son wake up each morning, looking up at me and smiling. That moment, which plays itself out over and over again each day, is the best thing in the world to me.

  4. Posted Friday June 30, 2006 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    1. Crawling into a bed made with freshly laundered sheets.
    2. Driving through the country on a perfect, sunny day with the windows down and your favorite music on the sound system.
    3. Having someone’s face light up because they are happy to see you.
    4. Laying in the hammock on my deck reading a really good book.
    5. Taking a moment to pause and appreciate whatever it is you are experiencing.

  5. Mary
    Posted Friday June 30, 2006 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    My list of GOOD things is very long… but the very BEST thing has to be holding my six month old niece when she’s sleepy. She snuggles in against my neck and all the bones in her body seem to disappear as she molds her tiny little body against my shoulder.

    Second best… sitting at Fenway Park on a warm summer evening, with a friend at your side. The Red Sox would be winning of course.

  6. Posted Saturday July 1, 2006 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    For today it would be England beating Portugal in the World Cup but in general
    A genuine thank you for making someones day
    A smile
    Being in love (mind you I am a piscean!)
    Giving presents that you know will surprise
    Seeing someone you lead grow and succeed
    A hug – especially from a child (Piscean again!)
    Getting a comment on your blog or audio on your podcast!
    Visiting your 96 yr old nana and seeing her smile as you go through the door
    Having an idea and watching it grow
    Getting into your own bed after being away – especially after a long journey…mmmmm

  7. Vito
    Posted Saturday July 1, 2006 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Mmm, good things tied up in good memories…some things:

    * contented noises (like purring, chirps, and sighs)
    * the smell of mom’s cooking, and other smells from the past
    * the achey feeling from a workout the day before, shooed away by a luxuriously long and languid stretch before you get out of bed
    * finding solitude amidst a sea of happy strangers
    * crushed/shaved ice in a light and fizzy drink on a hot summer day
    * live music that’s really alive, then gone
    * listening to someone talk excitedly about their passion
    * receiving a present that is unexpectedly and totally you, and you never knew it.

  8. Posted Sunday July 2, 2006 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    You guys are absolutely the best!

    It’s a great feeling to get a blog up. And such a superb feeling to get answers from people reading it (as Anna Farmery points out!) Especially on question day. Thank you guys very much for posting answers to this question!

    Nick, yes, it must be.

    Dave, thank you for the kind, fun link from! You know who else agrees with you that the best thing in the world is “me being in the world”? Mike Csikszentmihalyi. In speaking at a conference, in answer to what one question would he want to ask every person on earth, he said, “To what degree are you glad to be alive?” Dave, your comments make me think of that! Also, really like the Wyrms-related thoughts… heart and head.

    Chris and Mary – you both answer about holding a six-month-old, and yes, do I ever agree with you! Kids, and especially your own (like Chris your son, and Mary your niece), are almost by definition the best thing in the world. I totally agree with you guys. Anna also mentions a hug from a child. YES!

    Karmon, I really like your one about the hammock and a good book. And I agree with you about taking a moment. Especially on the weekends. Yes.

    Karmon and Anna, you both mention your own bed, and that is so true. It’s really just moments, isn’t it? And liking those moments a lot.

    Dave and Anna, you mention that spark of insight in someone and seeing someone succeed and grow. Vito, you bring up hearing someone talk about their passion. I think what you guys are saying actually unconsciously drives a lot of people, including me.

    Anna and Vito, you both mention presents that surprise!

    Karmon and Vito, you both mention music and both mention sunny days.

    Hello, and thanks for the link.

    I guess my summary is that great things are great! So glad to hear which things you think are the best things in the world! Thank you!

    Thanks you guys. A lot.
    Catch you soon.

    My best,

  9. Posted Monday July 3, 2006 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    Breathing is good!

    Being loved is another.

    Doing something loving is great.

    A sunset, a breeze, and a healthy body.

  10. grimo1re
    Posted Monday July 3, 2006 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Having a Sunday afternoon snooze on my husband’s chest.

  11. Posted Tuesday July 4, 2006 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Alvin, you’re like me with that thought about a breeze – yes, I pretty much think that standing on a mountain with a warm winding blowing is one of the most basic, good feelings ever.

    Alvin, really like your life coaches blog – thanks for pointing it out! Anna, also really liked your blog and all the links on it – I like that you took me to the intuitive blog – thank you. And you guys, check out Chris’ blog – it’s very cool. And Karmon’s blog is very life-like, plus he’s a Billy Collins fan – yes! And, I’ve been a very regular and happy reader of Dave’s blog for a long time.

    grimo1re, that is so basic and right. yeah!

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