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How do I recover and rekindle my inner fire in 2017?

Help me navigate the healing and rejuvenating process that precedes getting my inner flame burning again in mid-life. [more inside]
posted by Dr_Janeway on Jan 3, 2017 - 6 answers

Life Lost

How I see myself has changed forever, since my dad passed away unnaturally. I don't feel like I deserve goodness. I am sure my relatives, his siblings may feel that way too. How to deal with this gruesome grief? [more inside]
posted by daveg02 on Jul 12, 2016 - 10 answers

Where can I write socially-responsible software while living in Boston?

I'm moving from Seattle to Boston sometime in the first half of 2016 and I'm looking for a software engineering position at an organization with strong social purpose. Help me find some places to investigate that are either near Boston or support working remotely. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Oct 29, 2015 - 9 answers

What is the purpose of a wet cloth when vomiting or nauseaus?

My full question was actually What is the purpose of using a damp cloth on your forehead when you are going to keep feeling nauseous or need to throw up? Why stop yourself ? I get chronic migraines. [more inside]
posted by re on Oct 21, 2015 - 20 answers

How can I find a programming job with purpose?

I've been working as a software engineer for 10+ years an I really love programming, but the jobs I've had so far haven't filled me with a sense of purpose. How can I find a job where the work I'm doing has a positive effect on the world? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2014 - 21 answers

What Am I Good For? Hopefully Absolutely Something

So I did an aptitude test way back when, and the results were thus: *is good at short-term transactions, interactions, is creative and possesses superior verbal skills.*. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Apr 16, 2014 - 18 answers

Can art/music/writing/film change us?

I'm looking to freshen up the assigned readings for an undergraduate writing class that I'm about to start teaching. The theme of the class is art (by which I mean not only visual art, but also music, film, and writing) and social change--that is, whether the former can actually help to achieve the latter. I have some readings on the topic but am looking for more. Help me, hive mind!
posted by chicainthecity on Jan 12, 2014 - 18 answers

How can I write a good statement of purpose?

I'm applying to a competitive writing workshop and as part of the application I need to compose a cover letter / statement of purpose. What should I include? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Dec 27, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for a good pair of scissors

Looking for some suggestions/recommendations for a good pair of scissors. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Dec 23, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me get my shit together work-wise

This is a work question, but probably is more psychological than practical. I’m 32 years old, currently unemployed. That’s no big deal given the economy. What is a big deal is that despite my “best” efforts, I’ve been in and out of work or dissatisfied for my whole working life. [more inside]
posted by UncleCaveMan on Sep 12, 2013 - 20 answers

What do you do when you need to "sort things out"?

What do you do when you need to "sort things out"? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Apr 29, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I figure out how to make my "ding in the universe"?

How can I figure out how to make my "ding in the universe"? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Nov 21, 2011 - 16 answers

I want to live a purposeful life

Self-actualization in a box: I'm searching for a book or journal or any other resource that has daily guided exercises to help you become a more creative/emotionally healthy/well-rounded individual. Sort of like "Purpose-Driven Life", but not *as* Christian-y (though I'm not entirely opposed to religious-based resources) [more inside]
posted by chara on Jun 2, 2011 - 10 answers

How to figure this out?

Did you ever have a burning urge to do something significant that makes a difference in the world? How did you become that person? How did you figure out what is it that you wanted to do and how to get there? [more inside]
posted by xm on Apr 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Should a Transhumanist just work all the time?

How do Transhumanists/Singularity-believers justify living a balanced life? If you believe science might eventually make everyone immortal, then it seems to make sense to focus obsessively on making scientific discoveries. My question is sort of the atheist version of "should Christians really give away everything they own and go preach?" [more inside]
posted by sninctown on Mar 3, 2011 - 19 answers

Snack Dome

What is the purpose of the dome on this vending machine? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Feb 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Starting points for sorting out my life please?

My life has been running out of control for almost unimaginably long time. I am 'technically' a university student but I have been so unengaged and worried about my degree course and university the past year that that affiliation or 'student' label does not really apply. So in any other sense I am unemployed. Although I recognize the need for purpose, disciple and structure in day-to-day life, I fail to impose this upon myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2010 - 19 answers

What are hubcaps for?

What are hubcaps for? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Apr 19, 2010 - 23 answers

What is the Purpose of this Structure?

Does anyone have any idea what this structure is, or what its purpose might be? More pics and information past the break. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Sep 10, 2009 - 11 answers

Why be friends after a breakup?

After a breakup that is not mutual, what is the purpose of staying friends with the person who dumped you? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Mar 6, 2009 - 32 answers

When the future is everything, how do you deal with it being put on hold?

I tire of the summer hiatus from academia. I live with a very strong work ethic and moral sense of duty that causes me a sort of existential crisis when my life seems to be put on hold. This feeling cannot be ignored, and cannot (seem to) be reconciled. Do you have similar experiences? I'd love to hear stories... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2008 - 14 answers

Movie clips for sermon illustration

Sermon Illustration (preferably a movie) for questioning the meaning/purpose of life, or the idea of having a "new life" or renewed spirit. [more inside]
posted by kraigory on Jul 22, 2007 - 8 answers

life purpose frustrations

What is my life purpose? Am I currently living it but am too ungrateful to realize it? More inside... [LONG]... [more inside]
posted by workinprogress on Nov 14, 2006 - 15 answers

Are we just wasting our time?

What do the various religions around the world suggest we should be doing with our time? [more inside]
posted by randomthoughts on Sep 9, 2006 - 26 answers

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