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What Are Your Big Questions?

I have just begun “The Big Questions: How to Find Your Own Answers To Life’s Essential Mysteries” by Lama Surya Das.  Only a few pages into it, I have already found it to be a warm, supportive, thought-provoking book.

So as I’ve been musing about the little I’ve read, I’ve been asking the people around me what their Big Questions are. Some responses:

Why am I always hungry?

Why did my child die?

Why did the Haiti Earthquake happen?

Am I safe?

How do I choose without regret?

Who likes me?


I have enjoyed being unusually aware of the “space for depth”.  Do you make space to ask yourself what’s underneath?  What’s really true?  Do you have others you can ask those questions of?  Do you have times when you don’t ask because you feel you’ll be rebuffed?  I know all those have been true for me at different times over the last few days.

I asked my 9 year old what her Biggest Question was.  She said, very theatrically, arms out-stretched, big grin to the sky, “How Do I Know What My Destiny Is?!”  This lead to a very funny, lighthearted and revealing conversation about whether or not she believed in destiny and what she thought destiny was.

So I share with you a quote by humorist James Thurber that sums up a lot of my recent experience: “It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers”.

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2 Comments to What Are Your Big Questions?

  1. Rebecca's Gravatar Rebecca
    July 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    What an inspired 9 year old and of course and inspired mum!

    I like the quote… For me questions represent room for growth, so I would have to agree with Thurber!

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