We spend so much of our lives seeking answers to other people’s questions
to the Big Questions:
Who are we?
Why do we exist?
Why do we die?
What happens afterward?
How should we live?
How can we be happy?
How can we give back?
What does it all mean?
It’s important that we give these questions the attention they deserve. That we try to answer them for ourselves.
That we diligently seek the answers to these questions.
But we must also strike out on our own.
In contemplation of the Quest for the Holy Grail, comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote, “Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path; each human being is a unique phenomenon.”
We begin our own personal journey when we find our own paths. We do this by beginning to generate new questions.
Our own questions.
These questions will help us to define what matters to each one of us in our own individual life, and the direction we will head out in.
They’ll evoke the shapes of our lives in the way that groups of stars suggest constellations.
Answers put us in place, but questions point the way forward.
Every journey begins with questions.
The right question, posed at the right time, resembles a grappling hook well thrown and well landed, a path by which we can move forward and upward without needing wings.
A good question that I like to ponder on is this one:
Are perhaps, angels just people who fly… and people are just angels who climb?
How many times has your day been completely altered by a comment uttered by someone?
Were they sent as an angel to direct and guide you?
Questions like these have led me in the direction of my own personal quest.
In the Book of Genesis, Jacob wrestles an angel.
This story has inspired visual art, music, novels, theater, and film. It’s a story told and retold, seen once and seen again, each time from a new angle in time and space.
Which leads me to believe that my curiosity is a common one in humans.
A clock itself becomes a metaphor for all the different views that life affords:
we walk the numbered outer rim, looking inwards, glimpsing another facet of the center with each step as we cycle round.
Perhaps angels, if they exist, have the ability to see all with one long glance. While we mere mortals must fall back on our own ability to see anew.
If we hope to understand anything or anyone, we can only look and look again.
And the best way to look again must be to ask questions.
Ask them silently or out loud, either way is perfect.
It’s a craft and an art — or, at least, that’s what journalists and researchers come to understand.
This age of handheld cameras has created a society of citizen journalists.
I would like to offer this suggestion to all of you…I believe we would all benefit from becoming citizen journalists in our own lives.
It’s the questions we don’t ask, the questions we’re afraid to ask, the questions we’re forced to ask… that change our lives.
Every question forms a doorway from ignorance and innocence onto knowledge.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, or so the maxim goes — when we look once, we can only see so much.
So don’t hesitate to ask the same question over and over.
To speak to various people from varying beliefs and ask them what they think about it.
Read several sources on the subject.
Then once again ask the question to yourself.
Have we not all had that experience of people who look at us, just once, and then turn away?
What have they seen?
Perhaps they are seeing themselves more than they are seeing us.
We know better when we do better.
“I’m considered wise, and sometimes I see myself as knowing. Most of the time, I see myself as wanting to know. And I see myself as a very interested person. I’ve never been bored in my life.”
Maya is one of my favorite authors to read. Her down to earth attitude speaks to my soul. I have had many questions answered by her written words.
When we resolve to ask better questions, each one oriented by the one preceding it… there’s always more to see.
Life is a journey.
It requires a map.
How would your life be different if you lived each day as if it was an adventure in some un-known town.
Where each person,
each moment was lived as if you were on vacation in a place you had never been before?
How much more deep and passionate would life become for you?
The thing we all love about a vacation is that it gets us away from the dull-drums of life.
I honestly believe that if we were to treat our lives as if it was a grand adventure, one where we got to live out our fantasies…
We could create a life that was FANTASTIC!
So today, I guess I just want to invite everyone to become a