Monday, November 29, 2010

The Question Is....

A dear friend from the other side of the country sent me a beautiful card recently. Much more beautiful than the card is her support, her reminder that I'm finding my way one day at a time, and a quote she included by Eugene Ionesco:

It is not the answer
that enlightens,
but the

Immediately I thought of a book I'd seen in one of those holiday catalogs, The Power of an Open Question, The Buddha's Path to Freedom, by Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel. The description says:

Deep insight can result from
simply asking a difficult-to-resolve question --
whether the question is
ever satisfactorily "answered"
or not.

The author's intriguing premise is
that the very process
of questioning
can itself
teach us openness, wonder,
and the ability to live
in the present.

The coincidence here is too important to be ignored, so today I put the book on my "wish list" for my husband to get me for Christmas. Maybe I can't wait. Maybe I need to order it right now. Or, what if most of what I need is already in the title and description?

Ten Things List coming up! Ten unanswered questions in my life right now:
  1. Shall I Do I want to What might I feel if I don't send Christmas gifts to my family this year?

  2. Are my jeans fitting tighter the past two weeks? (The answer to this one is easy... yes, darn it.

  3. Am I cheating, nibbling too much, justifying larger portions than I really need, eating between meals? (The answer to this one is also easy... yes, darn it.)

  4. What will I do about #2 and #3 above?

  5. Why do I feel so lonely and blue? What am I hiding from myself?

  6. I feel so much pressure all the time because of my self-imposed, exhausting to-do list. Why do I procrastinate rather than prioritize and do the stuff on the list?

  7. When will I make a written to-do list rather than try to keep it all straight in my head?

  8. When will I just say "no" to myself or others when I or they want me to do one more thing?

  9. What 10 things am I most grateful for right now?

  10. When will I get serious about walking and arm exercises... action rather than reaction!?

Well, that's pretty illuminating? Openness? Wonder? Not yet... more like beating myself on the head with a big rock. OK, guess I need the book. Obviously, there's a germ of truth about open questions and enlightenment. Yup, I can see that. Action seems to be the key!


  1. I get this. Over the past months on my "journey" I have come up with many, many questions for myself and very few answers. But the questioning is, in and of itself, something I learn from. Not necessarily the spiritual thing that the quote suggests, but certainly eye-opening and thought provoking.

  2. Oh I agree! The questions are often as insightful as the answers. Or maybe it's that the questions ARE the answers. I dunno.

  3. Came around to check on you....
    Haven't heard from you for a while...
    How's the "action" phase going?
    All is well, I hope! Stay warm PB!


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