Standing quietly in truth


CHOOSING TO STAND Where am I standingWhat am I standing onWho am I standing with Here Where is the love I am standing onWhat is the truth I am standing withWho are the people I am part of Today On the first anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine. ~ Inspired by listening to a poetic … Read more

And where does the water flow?


Over the summer, I worked with the idea of beautiful questions. As I developed one of my own, eventually it distilled as ‘I am water, where shall I flow?’ But what kind of question is that? Yes, it can feel rather esoteric, yet it has become a powerful metaphor for me – a kind of … Read more

On the cost of what matters most


Recently I joined a webinar with Michael Bungay Stanier (MBS to his friends) on the one question that unlocks everything. What was it? “If I say YES to this, what must I say NO to?” MBS has an extraordinary skill in capturing crucial ideas so simply that you can’t ignore them. This phrase has deeply … Read more

Time – what is the question?


For those of a particular vintage or disposition, the answer is 42. So what is the question? It’s important to ask as I suspect it will differ for each of us. And we can’t rely on an algorithm because only we can face that question for ourselves. Time – what is your question? ~ The … Read more

Different ways to look at questions


When we ask significant questions, we implicitly recognise that there might be a different way of seeing. And an alternative view of what we think we see implies the possibility of change. OK, so far. But what about fractals? Maybe the big questions we might grapple with are patterns that replicate elsewhere and at a … Read more

It takes imagination to ask questions


Who asks questions? Most often, it’s the little ones. And the big little ones who haven’t bowed to the pressure to grow up and conform. Yet if we don’t ask questions, we don’t believe that we or the world could be different. And that takes imagination. ~ This week’s On Being Podcast with adrienne maree … Read more

Creatively dancing with our questions


Yesterday I gave myself to sit with my question. It didn’t last long because physical sitting was too static. So I walked. Down the lane to retrieve our emptied recycling sack after the village collection time. Then up the valley to wander in the woods and by the brook. Movement certainly helped – Solvitur ambulando … Read more

Being ready to sit with the question


Have you noticed? Often our significant questions invite us to sit with them for a while. Yet we’re in such a hurry. We’ve become conditioned to believe that questions need clear answers. Now. But how would we know we’re looking at it the wrong way round, upside down, or back to front? Indeed what if … Read more