The Only Question Worth Answering

Hey WordPress Fam,

I had a new article picked up on medium.

You can find it here:

It goes on to ask the only question answering which is “What do you enjoy struggling for?”

This question helped me identify my passion and career outlook.

Anyways, Please, Comment, Share and Tell Me what You think. What do you enjoy struggling for?

42 thoughts on “The Only Question Worth Answering

  1. Oddly enough, I love struggling to be happy. After too many years of depression, all of my current happy moments are gifts from above. Thankful to be healthy, and I cherish every smile!

  2. I was frustrated today having to transcribe notes from an interview. I realized that is part that feels like work of writing. But I stuck with it, sentence by sentence, and the struggle of that task is behind me. I’m feeling satisfied.

  3. Reblogged this on Beth Warstadt and commented:
    Anyone who knows me, knows I admire Joseph Campbell and his advice to “Follow your bliss.” Campbell promised following your bliss would make you happier, but never that it would make you rich. This article on tonysbologna says it for a more contemporary audience: “What do you enjoy struggling for?” A great article, well said.

    1. There is a wonderful story, not often told, about Campbell and his friend, Alan Ginsberg. Ginsberg, wearing his new age/follow your bliss hat, asked Campbell, “What is your Zen, Joe?” Campbell, the story goes, looked at the poet with some impatience, and responded. “I’m a scholar. I read books. My ‘Zen’ is underlining sentences.”

      I am much beholden to Mr. Campbell for a great many insights and a treasure trove of information when I was working with the Hebew Scriptures. When I finally emerged from my complete immersion in his writing, I realized that although he must have understood the importance of following his bliss, it was clear to me that he had his demons and was a man who struggled more than most. Maybe that is the cost of having a great mind. No one has ever been the encyclopedist of mythology that he was. He really has gathered it all up for us. Like you, I admire him without reservation–maybe even more because of his struggles and his demons.

  4. My passion (after family) is writing, no question about it. I’ve long be an admirer of Joseph Campbell who advised his students to “Follow your bliss.” He never promised they’d be rich, only that they’d be happier Your article nailed it for a more contemporary audience, so I reblogged it.

  5. Whatcha gonna do, reminds me of that line from the Meatloaf song, “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights.”
    What’s it gonna be, boy?
    Come on, I can wait all night
    What’s it gonna be, boy?
    Yes or no?
    What’s it gonna be, boy?
    Yes or no?

  6. Aside from the settings on the microwave and the evils of 21st century technology I suppose my biggest struggle is time. And when I get to the Gates of Valhalla I’m going to have a word with the Entity about this 24 hour clock. (Great article BTW.) cheers

  7. True! The work part. For me, I’ve got stages. I want my business, which I love and have been operating for ten years, to support me so I can write, which given enough hard work, will surpass my business. 😀

  8. I love the questions, the kind that set me to thinking and before I know it I’ve had an adventure of sorts. Your questions are like that and no doubt this one will be with me for a long while. Thanks Tony!

  9. You frequently bring up topics, or ask questions, that push me to consider life, myself, or others through a slightly different lens. Your question here is no exception. I am such a chronic struggler, my every instinct to go to war, that I believe there is only one honest answer. I consider it worth the struggle to stop struggling. I am better than I once was, but still a warrior at heart. Oddly, and certainly not always, the thing I am struggling for comes silently, with hardly a ripple, when I take a breath and am willing to receive it from the universe as a gift.

    Go figure. Thanks for the question and the consistently wonderful writing. I have neglected my blog while I pound out my second children’s book about feral cats. Does Book 2 mean I’ve locked myself into a series??

    1. I think you’re into a series! That’s awesome you’re onto your second book, be sure to share the link with me when it’s done.

      And thank you! Yes I like the hard questions and I like the comedy- I’m trying to find away of combining the two

  10. But, oh The-Things-That-Happen-To-Writers-While-They’re-Writing-and-Not-Paying-Attention. First of all, since I never even considered that I would write another one of these books, I put everything into what is now Book #1. As I worked on #2, I realized I would have to rewrite the first one so I’m not just repeating everything I wrote there. I’ve just finished that rewrite. Simultaneously, #2 was getting too long, so I’m now 2/3 of the way through that and nearly halfway through #3. And all the way through, my two lead characters are turning into real people and clamoring for more and two entirely unexpected new characters sneaked in as I’ve been working on #2.

    And thank you, Tony, for allowing me to steal a corner of your space to get that off my chest. I can see I’ll be writing these books when I’m taking my final breath. A daunting thought. But, what the heck? I’m about to turn 75. It keeps me off the streets.

    1. The pleasure is all mine and congrats on the rewrite! I’m happy to keep you off the streets LOL. Umm yes, it’s crazy how when you write something new sometimes you have to go back and make past changes. I do that all the time with my screenplays.
      Keep writing!

  11. Although I still have far to go on my soul searching and self-acceptance journey through life and have many, many more mind boggling theories to ponder, I have discovered that one thing which I have began to see is worth my daily struggle is staying true to myself, who I am now and who I wish to become. I’ve learned that sometimes, staying real with myself can be tricky and even challenging but the contentment and satisfaction that I feel at the end of the day makes me grateful to be me, even on the days when I have doubt in myself or have difficulty accepting myself and my flaws to the fullest extent. Your question has aroused so many thoughts which I hadn’t really addressed until this moment, and I thank you for that! 🙂

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed this! This question I ask myself all the time when I’m between choices.

      It’s a good sign that you are deciding to stay true to yourself, only you know what makes you happy =)

      1. Yes that is so very true! I look at it from this angle- If I cannot be true to myself, how could I expect anyone else to do so? And if I cannot stay true to myself, how could I be truthful and real with anyone else in my life. A struggle indeed but one that is beneficial! I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future!

  12. In relation to my writing, It has never been a struggle. There’s always something to write about, but if I had a problem creating a story or something, It would be something to fight for. My struggle in life Is being me. I am like that song call BITCH, there’s a verse that says something like: “you think you figure me out, then the season Is already changing” I am figuring myself out. I am in a big struggle, but I like It. So writing Is my scape and my way of being. So cheers, great article. Thanks for letting me know about Medium & by the way thanks for the like on my post.

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