"Why do I...?"
Feb 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Questions help answer the big mix of thoughts, actions, and circumstances that are both in and out of our control.
It's still early enough in the year to make plans for it, right? Perhaps you need to prepare your vision for your business since "the season" for this region is fast approaching? Maybe you need to go over your bills and see where you can trim or even find a necessity to increase? It's an election year as well, do you know not just what you believe and who you'll support, but why?
Starting with the easy stuff and a good intro to expanding your mind to think about the small, everyday things...what is the speed at which your internet connection operates? Let's take a look and for consistency's sake use: http://www.speedtest.net/
From where I tested I am pulling down 45.94 Mbps and uploading at 4.40 Mpbs. That's pretty much in line with the package I've purchased with my ISP. It's also appropriate for what I do with it (which includes more than lurking the comments section, surprisingly). My subscription is adequate because games and media streaming (such as Netflix) are used regularly as well as YouTube access and the fact that several desktop computers and portable devices are connected.
Are you getting what you pay for with your service? Do you need your connection to be as much/little as it is right now? Grandkids and "I.T. Guys" are helpful sources to determine that, but you can also read a few articles that explain a bit more about the process such as this one.
Do you want to share your connection speed and generally what you do with it so we can learn more (or you can show off)?
In line with computer use, have you looked at your home/business's bills lately to see what you are paying? According to the Energy Information Administration the average Ohio home spends $105.23/month on electricity. There are many variables as to why you may pay more or less, but being conscious of a common "starting point" can help put things into perspective for you so that you can adjust as necessary.
Despite it being their job to sell natural gas to you, Columbia Gas (and other providers) has an entire portion of their website dedicated to helping you save money by both seeing if converting to gas is right for you as well as offering practical tips to save energy. For $50 you can even have them come out and conduct an energy audit so you get a customized report on what you can do to help save much more than that. They can even use high-tech equipment such as thermal cameras to see where your heat is literally leaking out!
For my business, I am on a budget to help control costs and keep the predictable all year long. Do you have any advice on what you do with your utilities, or other resources to share in order to be more efficient?
Alright, let's tackle an issue that we will soon be bombarded with this year: elections. In this case the question is what do you believe and where do you fall on the political spectrum? Once we know where we are we can see where we want to go and which candidate may help take us there. Again for consistency let's all use The Political Compass, specifically their test.
"On the standard left-right scale, how do you distinguish leftists like Stalin and Gandhi? It's not sufficient to say that Stalin was simply more left than Gandhi. There are fundamental political differences between them that the old categories on their own can't explain. Similarly, we generally describe social reactionaries as 'right-wingers', yet that leaves left-wing reactionaries like Robert Mugabe and Pol Pot off the hook."
More importantly, they say, "We believe that, in an age of diminishing ideology, a new generation in particular will get a better idea of where they stand politically - and the sort of political company they keep." So in the interest of honesty and the company you keep with me:
Economic Left/Right: .75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.82
That means on the chart above I am about one dot to the right of center and about five down. Where do you fall on it when compared to other leaders? How about to the candidates who ran for President in 2012? Even have fun and see where you fall against the leadership in other countries! If others wanted to learn more about why you believe what you do, what do you recommend they read or otherwise absorb?
Questions help us learn about ourselves and others. They help us improve and give us a valuable resource to pass along to others. Questions frame a conversations and empowers our messages. Ultimately they also show you have an open mind. Some questions may make you concerned such as "How much withholding do I owe?" But to end on a humorous note, try using Google to autofill results for partial questions like:
Just like with any journey, you can see and learn about some really offbeat things too...
BONUS! - Try using the title of this entry to see what Google suggests!