Three Questions


If you have not yet had the pleasure of reading the short story, “The Three Questions” by Leo Tolstoy, it is definitely worth taking 5 minutes to read it.  It’s a parable about a king who is seeking to find the answers to what he considers the three most important questions in life:

  • What is the right time for every action?
  • Who are the most necessary people to be with?
  • What is the most important thing to do?

Read it here first and then continue reading this post.


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Let us always remember that compassion and helping others is our purpose, not just something that takes up time or is an annoyance or gets in the way of accomplishing some other grand purpose.  If we’re rushing by people who are in need in order to get to some other purpose, we’re sadly missing the point.  The parable is a great reminder that living out our purpose at the right time with the right people is all within our current grasp!

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  1. Together in Solitude says:

    Hey guys, I’m told by my Mindful Educator friends that the children’s picture book of this story by Jon J. Muth is wonderful. May want to check it out! 🙂

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