Got Questions That Won’t Go Away?

Questions that won't go away

We live in a time when questions aren’t supposed to last very long. With a few keystrokes we can get an answer to almost any question we might ask.

What if there are some questions that aren’t supposed to go away?

What if the first answer isn’t always the right answer?

What if part of the foundation of a rich, loving life is having some questions that stick around?

We’re conditioned to be afraid of not knowing the answer.  Think of how you felt in school when you didn’t know.

In the gift of heartfelt ignorance, the true answer can surface.

Recently we came across a piece by The Poet David Whyte. He raises the question about questions. He writes,

“The marvelous thing about a good question is that it shapes our identity as much by the asking as it does by the answering. Nine years ago, I wrote a poem called “Sometimes” in which I talked about the “questions that can make or unmake a life … questions that have no right to go away.”

Here are 10 questions from David Whyte that he suggests should never go away from Oprah.com.

10 Questions That Have No Right to Go Away

Our experience of these questions is that they can remind us to stay awake to the necessary inquiry that our hearts require to live beyond the comfortable boundaries of the familiar, into the wholehearted landscape that is just beyond what we think things should be like.

Have you got questions that won’t go away?

Send us some of your favorite questions. We’ll post them in our next blog. Let’s grow our conversation.

Not Knowing / photo by David C. MacKenzie

3 comments on “Got Questions That Won’t Go Away?

  1. Shayla Wright on

    Dear David and Susan
    Thank you for sharing this. I have lived with this poem for about 10 years. It’s one of my favorite things in the world.

    I celebrate David Whyte and the beautiful, vulnerable edge that he lives on. And invites us all onto with him!

    love
    Shayla

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  2. michael grant white on

    What if there are some questions that aren’t supposed to go away?
    Who am I?
    Do I like myself?
    Who is most important to me?
    My values may change based on new information: What is most important to me now?

    What if the first answer isn’t always the right answer? AMEN!

    What if part of the foundation of a rich, loving life is having some questions that stick around? See above. Add your own. Be blessed.

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