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Answer These Riddles and You Will Find the Answers to Life

Answer These Riddles and You Will Find the Answers to Life

Looking for deeper meaning, trying to find patterns in everything, eager to answer life’s riddles—it is this curiosity and hunger for knowledge that has gotten us to where we are now as a species. We have built an advanced civilization by coming up with solutions to problems, and even though we may be somewhat complacent at this stage of our history, there are still a lot of little questions that every person needs to answer throughout his or her life in order to find that unique brand of happiness that will be slightly different for each of us.

As I am a big fan of the Socratic method, I will play a benevolent Riddler and give you a list of brain-teasers that, when answered and understood, will help you come closer to finding answers to much deeper issues. Oh, and trust me, learning how to apply any of this knowledge in real life, day to day, will be the true challenge you’ll have to face. There will be enough space between each riddle and its answer to allow you to think it over and do some guessing before you scroll down, so take your time.

Riddle 1

Journey without it and you will never prevail, but if you have too much of it you will surely fail.

Journey

    Answer: Confidence

    While there are plenty of those who lack the confidence to stand up for themselves and seize opportunities, there are also plenty of people out there who overestimate their abilities and bite off more than they can chew. To ensure a reasonable level of happiness in life and achieve as much as you can, you have to live between these extremes and learn to strike the right balance between the different values that you govern yourself by.

    Riddle 2

    Poor people have it. Rich people need it. It can make you or break you.

    Rich vs poor

      Answer: Adversity

      Steel is hardened by being exposed to the roaring fires of a furnace and then cooled down, and so too is the human spirit hardened by adversity. The rich and privileged lack it and often become spoiled, with a warped view of reality and a childish ignorance of the ways of the world. However, if a person faces numerous hardships without the ability to cool down and recover, his or her spirit can be broken or they can become bitter and jaded. You need to live through some tough times to get a respect for life and hone those survival skills, but remember that there are also those whose hardships have taken them to a dangerous place—beware of such people.

      Riddle 3

      Everyone wants more of it to feel special, yet the more you have of it the less special you feel.

      Feel Special

        Answer: Knowledge

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        Ah, to be young and foolish is a wonderful thing. You think you know everything, that you are indestructible and have life all figured out, then as you get older and wiser, and delve much deeper into certain subjects, you suddenly realize just how much more there is to know. It can take people an entire lifetime to truly master a skill or acquire detailed knowledge on a topic, and there are just too many skills and topics for any one person to cover in several lifetimes. Understanding this makes you humble, and it also makes you question people who think they have all the answers.

        Riddle 4

        If you have me, you want to share me. If you share me, you haven’t got me. What am I?

        Sharing

          Answer: Secret

          Some people fail to grasp the true importance of secrets. From a moral standpoint, they help you avoid lying, but at the same time allow you to protect your privacy and the privacy of those close to you. There is an urge to gossip and spread interesting information that we as humans are born with, but it has to be controlled. Little facts that only a few people know help strengthen the bonds of friendship and love between them—protecting someone’s secret in this day and age is nearly as brave and noble as protecting them from a wild animal.

          Riddle 5

          You can only have it once you have given it.

          Giving

            Answer: Respect

            One of the most misunderstood concepts out there, respect is asked for yet seldom given. Some even try to take it by force or buy it, but if you are unable to show others respect and treat them as equals you will never be able to truly earn their respect. People respect bravery, intelligence, skill, talent, compassion and physical and mental strength, and these things cannot be faked.

            Riddle 6

            Imagine you are in a dark room. How do you get out?

            Candlelight in darkness

              Answer: Stop imagining it

              There is something to be said about the destructiveness of self-fulfilling prophecies that people regularly impose upon themselves. When every hint of trouble is immediately viewed as a disaster and any attempt at remedying a situation is brushed aside with “What’s the point? It will never work,” then what chance do we stand when things really go bad? It is important not to give up before the battle has even begun, and to avoid taking yourself to that dark and lonely place all the time. A little positivity and determination will go a long way.

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              Riddle 7

              What is always coming but never arrives?

              Coming Soon

                Answer: Tomorrow

                Procrastination is born out of laziness and the fear of making changes, and it is the biggest dream killer out there. If you keep rescheduling important things for tomorrow, Monday or next month, you’ll stay in the same place as the world keeps moving on without you. Some 20-30 minutes here, an hour or two there, it’s not much time to invest in bettering yourself and if you keep doing it every day you will reap huge benefits. Don’t wait for tomorrow, do what needs to be done right now.

                Riddle 8

                 At night they come without being fetched. By day they are lost without being stolen.

                Mostly at night

                  Answer: Doubts and fears

                  That old piece of advice given by our elders: “sleep on it”, is as simple as it is absolutely brilliant. At night before sleep we are at our most vulnerable, even if we have someone to hold tight. Those nagging doubts come creeping in, our insecurities and fears start eating away at our mind, and that self-critical voice gets a bit louder as the room goes quiet. However, after a good night’s sleep, as we wake up and let some sunshine into the room, get some fresh coffee and tasty food in our system, those troubled thoughts seem miles away. This is a much better time for talking things over, making big decisions and important phone calls.

                  Riddle 9

                  A prison you feel safe in, yet never quite happy. Whenever you try to leave, it only grows bigger.

                  Prison

                    Answer: Your comfort zone

                    The feeling of safety we get when we hide in our little comfort zone is a false one, and the lack of initiative will eventually lead to us feeling miserable. In order to improve we have to be willing to try new things, throw ourselves into uncomfortable situations and learn to cope with them over time. As we become comfortable with different situations and become proficient in a variety of additional skills, that comfort zone will keep expanding, and we will constantly need to keep running beyond its edges.

                    Riddle 10

                    If you break me I do not stop working; if you touch me I may be snared; if you lose me nothing will matter.

                    Clockwork mechanism

                      Answer: Your heart

                      Letting someone get close, reach in and touch our heart is an exhilarating and frightening experience at the same time. There are plenty of people out there, more than enough for everyone to find a great match. In fact, you may find a good match several times over, and just as your heart breaks it will also mend and be ready to be touched again. However, if you lose that empathy that makes you a decent human being, life will become bleak and meaningless, so keep your heart somewhere safe and nurture it.

                      Riddle 11

                      It starts off light and easy to bear, yet the more you carry it with you, the heavier a burden it becomes.

                      Heavy burden

                        Answer: A guilty conscience

                        We sometimes make rash decisions, especially when we are young and full of raging hormones, and even when we know we did wrong we manage to rationalize things and convince ourselves that we did nothing wrong or that we have no choice. The thing is, you can only keep justifying your actions for so long before your conscience starts eating away at you. This is why many people living a dangerous lifestyle, be they thugs or soldiers and cops, burn out and turn to alcohol or drugs. Abide by a code of ethics you have adopted at all times, and you will stay in good mental health.

                        Riddle 12

                        I do not listen to reason, but I hear every siren’s song and will try to steer us towards the rocks if you let me take the wheel. Who am I?

                        Siren

                          Answer: Ego

                          When you let your ego take over it’s very easy to take offense at the slightest insult, start shouting matches with people, try to show off and injure yourself at the gym, bite off more than you can chew and ruin relationships. It is only concerned with preserving your perceived social status and will quickly turn you into a drooling Neanderthal, and this goes for both men and women. When you walk out of the house it’s best to leave your ego at home – you don’t have to prove anything to anybody as long as you have a good sense of self-worth and are surrounded by people who understand and respect you.

                          Riddle 13

                          One by one we fall from heaven down into the depths of past, and our world is ever upturned so that yet some time we’ll last.

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                          Fallen angel

                            Answer: Dreams and aspirations

                            The way we see ourselves will change over time, and some of the dreams we had and the goals we set will be left behind. However, as our worldview and personality changes, new dreams and aspirations emerge, which is a perfectly normal and healthy part of maturing. We are not giving up who we are, we are just evolving into an improved version of that same person, and knowing this allows us to let go of the past.

                            Riddle 14

                            A mile from end to end, yet as close to as a friend. A precious commodity, freely given. Found on the rich, poor, short and tall, but shared among children most of all. What is it?

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                              Answer: A smile

                              This simple little thing really becomes a precious commodity once you get older. A lot of people suffer from anxiety and depression, and most of us spend a good part of the week under constant stress. We forget to smile sincerely, from the bottom of our heart like the carefree children we once were. This is why time spent with close family and friends becomes so precious. We need to remember how to open our eyes to the beauty and hilarity of the world around us, and smile more.

                              Riddle 15

                              We hurt without moving. We poison without touching. We bear the truth and the lies. We are not to be judged by our size. What are we?

                                Answer: Words

                                Our words can have an incredible effect on others. They can cause pain and sorrow, bring joy and laughter, make people uncomfortable, educate or offend. A lot of people don’t really think about the words they use, but we should all choose our words more carefully. Just a few inappropriate words uttered in the wrong moment can change our lives forever, and it is up to us to learn to communicate more tactfully so that we can dictate the outcome of such situations, rather than let our emotions get the better of us.

                                Spend a few minutes pondering these riddles and try to think about a moment in your life that could serve as an example for any of the points covered here. Feel free to dissect each of the riddles and come back to them again after you’ve had them running around in your head for a day or two.

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                                50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                                It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                                It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                                Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                                Quotes for self-assurance

                                1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                                  2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                                    3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                                      4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                                        5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                                          6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                                            Quotes about positivity

                                            7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                              8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                                9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                                  10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                                    11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                                      12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                                        13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                                          Quotes for work and success

                                                          14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                                            15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                              16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                                17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                                  18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                                    19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                                      20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                                        21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                                          22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                                            23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                              24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                                25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                                  26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                                    27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                                      28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                                        29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                                          30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                                            31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                              32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                                33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                                  34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                                    35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                                      36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                                        37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                                          38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                                            39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                              40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                                41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                                  42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                                    43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                                      44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                                        45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

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                                                                                                                            47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                              48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                                49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                                  50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                                    51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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