Questions and Answers

Sometimes inspiration comes where you least expect it. This morning, a new client of mine, who says she is eagerly anticipating exploring her path forward with me, (as I am with her) wrote that she saw an art poster while on vacation that inspired her, and that said in part:

“Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing the unanswerable questions in good company.” (My google search to discover to whom to attribute this quote led to Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, pioneer in the mind/body holistic health movement, inspiring me to explore her messages further).

What I, as a professional coach, love about this particular quote is how it succinctly describes the connection, the challenge and the charm inherent in a great coaching relationship.

Aren’t we all looking for the secret of living well? Asking the questions; pursuing the unanswerable ones; desiring good company in our exploration?

And yet the few words in the quote suggest so much else. That questions are paramount in our exploration. That there may not be answers to everything, but value in the exploration nonetheless. That searching for the answers alone can be a lonely road. That living well is a desirable goal. And so much more.

What do you see/read into the words above?

In the spirit of this new year dawning with its hopes, desires, expectations, and promises, I invite you to ask the unanswerable questions, and choose good company with which to do so.