“It’s not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” – Eugene Ionesco
Did you know that the state of New Mexico has an official question? They do. And it is…. “Red or Green?” The question refers to the color of the chili sauce.
Douglas Adams wrote a brilliant (in my humble opinion) novel called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Much of the book is in search of a “question” for which the answer is 42. What I find interesting is that the question is the most important thing, not the answer.
This got me thinking about questions in general. Where would we be without them? (Pun intended.) Without questions, we wouldn’t have modern technology, medicine or science. Questions are a huge piece of communicating. Curiosity and questions are what define us as a species. It is our questions that drive us forward.
So often we think we have to have an answer. But even in the game of Jeopardy one must phrase their “answer” as a question. Unlike Jeopardy, real life doesn’t require that we ask the “right” questions. The important thing is to be asking questions, period.
So given an opportunity to ask, what will you question today?
A captured moment
Fading light, stormy weather
Beauty in motion
“It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” -Sir Edmund Hillary
I love mountains. I love hiking in them. They are physical reminders of challenges that can be accomplished.
One of my favorite mountains is Steamboat Lookout Mountain. I dream about it when it is not hiking season.
Similar to the mountains that challenge us to climb higher, are inner conflicts, dreams and goals that require all of our strength and ingenuity to go higher.
Find your mountain. Gather your gear. Climb higher. Go farther. I know you can reach the top. I know that you will succeed!
“The Creative Process is not controlled by a switch you simply turn on or off – it’s with you all the time.” -Alvin Alley
Like a tattoo, only inside you, creativity lives.
It is there in each and every human being on the planet. Some people refuse to see it. Others embrace it. Some people are afraid of it. Other people treat it like a switch and keep trying to flip it off and on. Some people know it is there, but aren’t quite sure what to do with it. While some choose to ignore it completely.
Embrace Creativity. And watch your universe expand exponentially.