I’ve always asked the big questions, from when I was a little kid.
- Who are we?
- Why are we here?
My parents didn’t really go for it, so I resorted to conversations with my invisible friend, Zotsy. That worked, because the dialogue is fundamentally between you and you anyway.
It’s no surprise that after a major detour as a commercial banker for an international banking firm, I became a personal life coach.
Coaches ask the big questions.
This is useful for me, because, personally, I live my life by the questions that arise from within me. I always have.
Also, if nobody is asking the big questions, they tend to get lost in our chaotic, fast-paced world. Was it Socrates who said “an unexamined life is not worth living”?
About a year and a half ago, my husband and I both got pneumonia and landed in the hospital. This was shocking to us, because (a) yes, we got the shots (they aren’t 100% effective, who knew?), and (b) we’re too young to get pneumonia, right? (wrong!).
I am here to tell you that once you have an experience that really brings you down, in a heartbeat, (a) you tend to be aware of your vulnerability and mortality, in a whole new way, and (b) you, at least us, start to focus more on the big questions.
- Who am I, and where am I going?
- What is it time for?
- If not now, when?
Anyway, I thought that from time to time, I’ll post some big questions on my blog, as I’m living them.
If they resonate for you, take them and live into them. This means that you hold the question lightly and curiously, and let the answers bubble up from the depth of your inner being. The answers will come in right timing. I know this from 20+ years of life coaching. Far more effective than having to have an answer, and wrestling the questions to the ground.
If a question doesn’t resonate, just release it. Let it go down the river of life like a leaf down a stream. It just means that the question isn’t the right one for you right now. Trust that the ones that are right for you will call you to them.
Living the questions makes meaning out of our lives, and gives us focus.
Here’s to living the questions.