April 2016’s Questions To Ponder

Hello everyone! It’s that time again. Here are the monthly questions for everyone to ponder. I hope each of you will take the time to mull them over. And of course, my own answers are listed below.

  1. Have you ever had to go through a long period of pain and suffering that was out of your control, if so what was it for?
  2. If you can, define what it means to you to have faith in a Higher Power?
  3. What spiritual figure throughout all of time and history do you currently feel you relate the most to?
  4. If you could take a spiritual pilgrimage to anywhere right now by just thinking about it, where would it be to?
  5. Name one movie you’ve seen in 2016 that truly stirred your heart and soul.
  6. What do you think Heaven is?
  7. Name one of the most uplifting things you’ve ever done for your spirituality?
  8. Name one of the most destructive things you’ve ever done to your spirituality?
  9. What is your Achilles heel?
  10. Name the most recent place you visited that you would deem as spiritual?

And as always, one more for good measure:

  1. Name one weird but strangely entertaining thing you’ve observed lately.

My answers:

  1. Yes, with my health issues I’ve been facing for the past bunch of years.
  2. For me faith means living with uncertainty and trusting that my Higher Power has got it all under control.
  3. Job from the Bible.
  4. The tomb where Jesus emerged reborn.
  5. Midnight Special.
  6. A place where there are no fears and worries, no anger and hate, a place where only love exists…a love for everyone and everything.
  7. Going on a 10-day silent meditation retreat in the mountains.
  8. Partaking in an adulterous relationship with a married person for almost 2 years while remaining friends with their family.
  9. Probably struggling with my answer to #2.
  10. The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio.
  11. Watching a small ant on my kitchen floor work very hard to haul a large piece of a fallen blue cheese crumble away to its home.

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

March 2016’s Questions To Ponder

Hello everyone! It’s that time again. Here are the monthly questions for everyone to ponder. I hope each of you will take the time to mull them over. And of course, my own answers are listed below.

  1. Do you have a happy memory of Easter when growing up, if so what is it?
  2. What’s your favorite Easter basket treat?
  3. What do you like most about Spring?
  4. What is the thing you usually do on that first really warm Spring day?
  5. Do you ever take a spring break vacation and if so, where to?
  6. Do you ever go to church on Easter and if so, which one?
  7. Speaking of church, what is your favorite part of a service if you go to one?
  8. And speaking of religion, is their a specific one you feel most called to or a specific faith you have?
  9. What is your biggest concern with religion today?
  10. What is your most favorite thing to plant in a garden?

And as always, one more for good measure:

  1. What is one thing you want to do this Spring that you didn’t do last Spring?

My answers:

  1. Waking up Easter morning and seeing bunny prints outside my bedroom door and following them all around the house until I found a huge basket filled with lots of goodies.
  2. Those little chocolate rabbit eggs that almost look like rabbit pellets wrapped up in tinfoil.
  3. Watching the flowers bloom on trees and especially from the bulbs in the ground.
  4. Sit outside in shorts and without my shirt on and feel the sun’s warmth on my body.
  5. Actually mine usually comes at the end of winter just before spring and it’s usually to the Caribbean somewhere.
  6. Currently, I haven’t been going to church in a good while. At some point, I’d like to go to the Unity Church here in Toledo though and would be going there for their service if I was a regular attendee.
  7. As a kid, it was the bell choir that my Mom played in. I love the sound they make in a church hall.
  8. I grew up Christian, then distanced myself from it for awhile and practiced Buddhism. Now I follow the trinity again but with Buddhist practices tied in.
  9. That it governs too much of our society, notably how too many still claim that God hates gay people because of what’s said in the Bible.
  10. Impatience flowers in the shade, as I love to watch them grow tall and spread out.
  11. Go hiking somewhere.

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson

February’s Questions For You To Ponder (Love Themed!)

Hello everyone! It’s time for my monthly questions for everyone to ponder. It’s been a strange winter so far with very little snow here in Toledo, OH. Just the other day in fact, it was 50 degrees, in February, can you believe it? Anyway, I’m doing a love themed set of questions this month because of Valentine’s Day so as always, I hope each of you will take the time to mull them over. And of course, my own answers are listed below.

  1. What do you like most about Valentine’s Day?
  2. What do you like least about Valentine’s Day?
  3. If you could receive ANY gift on Valentine’s Day, what would it be?
  4. What is your definition of true love?
  5. Who was your first true love in life?
  6. What is the biggest relationship heartache you’ve ever experienced so far in life?
  7. What’s the first sign you usually experience when you start falling for someone?
  8. What’s the biggest mistake you feel like you’ve ever made due to loving someone?
  9. Name one non-intimate action you would do for someone you are in love with that you probably wouldn’t do for someone you’re not?
  10. Who do you feel the words “I love you” should be meant for?

And as always, one more for good measure:

  1. What’s the first song that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘love’?

My answers:

  1. Seeing so many people try to spread love.
  2. Seeing so many people believe that love comes from something that costs money.
  3. A huge hug from God, Jesus, or one of his divine messengers.
  4. Loving someone just as they are, with no expectation’s that they need to change a single thing about themselves, and desiring to give your acts of love to them with no conditions.
  5. Rob Vanhellemont Jr.
  6. My breakup with Jerry Prewitt.
  7. Having trouble imagining spending my life without them by my side.
  8. Loaning $5000 or buying a bed and breakfast.
  9. Attempt to cook a meal for them.
  10. Everyone.
  11. Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Gotta To Do With It?”

Peace, love, light, and joy,

Andrew Arthur Dawson