Questions to ask ourselves

The thought-provoking poet David Whyte considers what we should be asking ourselves—especially when we least want to confront our own answers.  I highly encourage you to read this article: 10 Questions that Have No Right to Go Away.

“Questions that have no right to go away are those that have to do with the person we are about to become; they are conversations that will happen with or without our conscious participation. They almost always have something to do with how we might be more generous, more courageous, more present, more dedicated, and they also have something to do with timing: when we might step through the doorway into something bigger, better—both beyond ourselves and yet more of ourselves at the same time.

“If we are sincere in asking, the eventual answer will give us both a sense of coming home to something we already know as well a sense of surprise—not unlike returning from a long journey to find an old friend sitting unexpectedly on the front step, as if she’d known, without ever being told, not only the exact time and date of your arrival but also your need to be welcomed back.”

Quotations/excerpts I’d like to remember:

“The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness. You’re so exhausted because you can’t be wholehearted at what you’re doing.”

“Most people, I believe, are living four or five years behind the curve of their own transformation.”

“Gaston Bachelard, a French philosopher, said that one of the beautiful things about a home is that it is a place where you can dream about your future, and that a good home protects your dreams; it is a place where you feel sheltered enough to risk yourself in the world.”

“We need to overhear the tiny but very consequential things we say that reveal ourselves to ourselves.”

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