From a young age our educational systems teach us that questions are merely devices for uncovering answers. Once a question has been answered it is of no further use. The title may be a little provocative but in a world with an inherent bias for answers it is worth asking: Why are answers more important? Personally, I increasingly find that there is a freedom in just living with questions without necessarily seeking answers. I first started thinking about this when I asked my young son “Which are more important: Questions or answers?”. He thought for a moment and confidently told [...]
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The Irish culture of our ancestors had a very different relationship with time. There really was a sense of when God made time he made plenty of it, typified in the quote attributed to a whole series of Irish luminaries including poet Patrick Kavanagh: “There are over thirty words in the Irish language that are equivalent to the Spanish ‘mañana ‘. But somehow none of them conveys the same sense of urgency.” Cultures in a sense carry with them a history of nostalgia for what has been lost and as generations come and go there is always loss. Not only [...]
There are obviously an infinite number of answers to this question, which in itself is wonderful because you will likely get something different each time you ask it. Each morning I ask myself a series of questions as I visualise my day. The list does change but it is more or less static and this morning it hit me that there may be questions I am avoiding. For me possibility lies not in seeking answers but in learning to ask better questions. So the invitation is to ask yourself: What question am I not asking? How might I ask [...]
Aside from a call or two, I set aside most of my Fridays to catching up with myself. This morning started in the early hours with a reflection on the week followed by Yoga Nidra. I then really felt called to slow down even further in the company of John O'Donohue and Krista Tippett in this wonderful conversation on the Inner Landscape of Beauty. The conversation wanders, as conversations do and particularly in Ireland, onto beautifully fertile ground for exploration. One particular quote really resonated this morning: “Possibility is the secret heart of time. On its outer surface, time is [...]
Reading time: 2 minutes Ever find you say your priorities are one thing and then you do something completely different? We all know that life isn't neat and tidy where we always get to do what we want, even assuming “we” know what that is. So we can have days & weeks or even years where we feel obliged to put aspects of our lives somewhat on hold in service of other areas. This need not be work-related. I have some amazing friends who dedicated years to caring for elderly relatives 💖 That meant not pursuing a whole series of [...]