"As I start a six-month chemotherapy course today for my cancer condition, I know how lucky I am to have always been aware of an overriding purpose in my life along with a goal to achieve. I am aware however, that there are many people out there of healthy body who feel to have no purpose in their lives other than surviving from one day to the next. Such lost souls have no clear view of the direction they are heading in and therefore often finish up on the wrong track.
Have you ever felt that all of your efforts are pointless and that you're getting nowhere fast? If so, then this could be the ideal time in your life to sit down, take a long deep breath and reappraise your purpose and goals in life. I have indicated some soul searching questions of which your truthful answers will tell you a great deal about yourself and the values you currently believe that you hold dear and sacrosanct. Though some of the questions may seem strange and others somewhat obtuse, the deeper meaning they hold are relevant:
Questions I want to pose include:
(1) Do you work to live or live to work?
(2) Do you live to die or die to live?
(3) As a fat person are you entitled to go 'skinny dipping?'
(4) Does being a skinny person make you lean or mean?
(5) Do you believe that those who stir the shit pot should be made to lick the spoon?
(6) Are you able to distinguish the subtlety between justice and revenge and know which side your values fall on?
(7) Which would be easier for your conscience to live with: assisting a lynch mob to kill a child rapist or being part of an Army firing squad executing a 17-year-old soldier who'd been sentenced to be shot for having deserted his post when he was overcome by fear in battle-zone war conditions during world war circumstances?
(8) Would you want to go to heaven when you die if you knew for certain that the partner you love and all your children are going to hell?
(9) If the answer to (8) is 'No', then would this desire to join your loved ones in hell prevent you living a good and honest life as you have always done until you die?
(10) Do you think it has been a waste of your valuable time doing this exercise or has it made you better understand who you are and in what you truly believe?" William Forde: April 16th,2014.