The Power of Powerful Questions

I’ve written before about how powerful it can be to ask oneself the right questions—not questions that keep us stuck (like “Why me?”) but questions that inspire us to become more (like “Why not me?”).

One book that I’ve found helpful to this exercise is The Soul of Money, by Lynne Twist, someone I’ve had the pleasure to meet and spend time with and who is one of the strongest models of feminine power I’ve ever known.

I’d like to pull out a few of the questions that Lynne poses in her book, since they are the very questions we must ask ourselves as we create the highest vision possible for our lives and our world:

Who do I need to be to fulfill on the commitment I’ve made [to a higher vision]?

What kind of human being do I need to forge myself into to make this happen?

What resources do I need to be willing to bring to bear in myself and my colleagues and in my world?

And here’s a question posed by Buckminster Fuller, which remains one of the most potent questions I’ve ever sat with, and which stays in my day planner as a constant nudge: “If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do, how would I be? What would I do?”

What about you—what are some of the questions that you have found powerful for your own life? What question pulls you forward into being all that you were created to be?

—Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon

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