Living the Questions

Reverb 11
February Prompt:

One month into 2011, what question(s) are you living? Are there any prompts/questions that arose during #reverb10 that are still resonating in your life? Are you living new questions?

Like #reverb10, you may respond to this prompt as-is or remix it to suit your needs. Write, blog, photograph, draw or respond however you’d like. Tag on Twitter or Flickr with the hashtag “#reverb11” to share with others!
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I like questions. I live with questions every day. From the most basic, “what am I going to eat, what do I need to work on today to the more self-evolutionary, what is my purpose, what is my true passion?”

January was a month to read, think and prep for the rest of the year. I zeroed in on myself and asked a lot of tough questions – questions I needed to point right at myself and figure out.

2010 was a year of highs and lows. Mostly lows. I was starting to drown in December as the troubles and tribulations of the preceding months accumulated. I was an insect falling into the depths of a Pitcher Plant with no hopes of getting out. That’s how I felt, at least.

Reverb 10 helped put positive thoughts back into my lexicon of thought and for that I am so grateful. It came along at a time when that push really helped. I’m thinking about all the things I want to do this year. I’m planning without setting goals.

I’m taking each day for what it is and not what I would like it to be. That’s a big one for me because when we push for what we want something to be rather than what it actually is, we set ourselves up for disappointment.

I’m not saying we can’t have or shouldn’t have expectations. I’m simply saying we need to delight in the moment at hand. We need to live for what we want in that precise moment.

Feel like dancing around like a crazy, happy fool to some snappy music? Do it! Feel like painting or doing something messy? Do it! Don’t WAIT for the perfect moment because that may never come.

Live in the now.

So yes, I am living new questions, drawing on old questions and constantly questioning. Constantly questioning, to me means I’m always learning and always searching. There’s something immensely hopeful in that for me. And that makes me happy. šŸ™‚

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  2. My feelings are very similar. Reverb10 came along at a great moment in my life, and helped keep positive reflection active at a time when I could easily have succumbed to the negative. I look forward to reading your posts, as I have throughout the exercise.

    Best wishes for 2011!

    Brandee

  3. THIS: “Iā€™m taking each day for what it is and not what I would like it to be” is one of the essential truths of being human and something I think we all struggle with daily. You are not alone in that.

    Love the imagery in this post, and your micro/macro breakdown of our daily existential questions … all of which are necessary to our survival and growth!

  4. Yes, now to put it to constant action! It’s so easy to write the words but harder to enact. Thanks for the comments! I am also enjoying reading everyone’s blog posts. I feel so guilty if I miss reading one!

  5. Doing my bes to follow in your footsteps, Tracy. There are things that I still need to let go of and to embrace. I can only take it one step at a time and not cross great massive portions off my metaphorical life list. Please remind me of this whenever I seem hugely frazzled. And glad to see that your year is off to the right start šŸ™‚

    • You’ve got it! Believe me, I am in no way perfect at this either. I still try to cram too much and control too much. It’s never easy. But at least acknowledging it is a first step?

  6. AWESOME. I feel like I could ramble on but I don’t want to take away from this message. And like Stereo, I would love a reminder when I get frazzled, so let’s say every six hours or so.

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