It is Day 7 of Quest 2016, and I have found myself slowing, pulling back, drawing down, resisting the sparking pace that others – also journeying through these same December prompts – seem to be able to muster.
The second prompt offered by Jonathan Fields, which we received last Thursday, was long and unwieldy. I wished I could easily place it in my heart’s pocket (which is normally what I do, after writing it long-hand on an index card) It just didn’t fit and was challenging to ruminate over and meditate on and there were just no easy answers.
Here’s my journey wrestling with this prompt:
Friday: I am standing in the kitchen with my coffee and iPhone, hoping to interrupt my husband Mike who is at his laptop:
“Can I read you this question? I just don’t get what it wants me to do.”
Theme: Get Clear with Yourself
Visionary: Jonathan Fields
Prompt: “You wake up to discover a knock at your door. A wealthy uncle you barely knew has passed and left you a fortune. It’s more than enough to live out your days in glorious splendor, but there is a condition. To be eligible to collect, you must commit your full-time working energies to the pursuit of an answer to a single question of your choosing for the next 12 months.
You are welcome to continue that pursuit after the year ends, for years or decades if it warrants, but you must remain fully focused on seeking the answer until the last minute of the 365th day. A minute shorter, the entire inheritance goes to your annoying and equally long lost cousin, Philly.
What is your question?”
Well that’s easy, Mike says, assuredly. “My question would be: ‘How can I solve the world’s energy crisis?’ [Yes, he is a chemical engineer in the petroleum sector]. So what are you thinking about?”
“I don’t know. Things like ‘Is there a God?’ or ‘What happens when you die’”
“Those sound good. Go with one of them.”
Then, a moment later, he adds “though, you know. with questions like those, you’ll never get to an answer, Colleen”
I know this, but still, these are the questions I most often ponder.
On Saturday: Again with coffee mug in hand, I say to Mike:
“I hate this question.” My husband is trying (unsuccessfully) to read The Economist.
“I think it’s trying to get me to quit my job.”
“It’s not telling you anything,” he says, amused with me, I think. “Look if you think you should be writing more, then write more.”
I offer a harumph, and turn to watch the birds.
On Sunday: I am at the kitchen table (yes, with coffee) sloughing through The Economist’s “The World in 2016” [I have made a pact with myself to read every page of its year-end edition – even if I understand only 5% of it – because I absolutely need to learn more about the world]
So here is the ad I open to on the magazine’s first page.
UBS ad in The Economist
Okay, so I’ve found my question.
JONATHAN FIELDS -is a New York City dad, husband and lawyer turned award-winning author, media producer, and entrepreneur. His last book, Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel For Brilliance (Portfolio 2011) was named the top personal development book in 2011 by 800-CEO-READ.
Jonathan’s current focus, Good Life Project, is a global movement that inspires, educates, connects, and supports mission-driven individuals in the quest to live better, more engaged, connected, and aligned lives..