Why are you here - on this earth, this big sphere, right now? How's that for a casual conversation starter at your next backyard gathering?
There was a woman in her mid-40s who had experienced what most would consider enviable success. She had a beautiful family, an office with a view, lots of recognizable friends, and a wonderful set of sterling silverware she received as a child that had been passed down through the generations in her family.
About once a week, as she gently slipped into her evening rest, she had a recurring dream. It always started differently, but somehow ended the same. She would be in some different part of the world, with nothing but the clothes she was wearing and one set of her sterling silverware that her mom gave her — a fork, a spoon, and a knife.