Its creates a conversation that matters for a new acquaintance or a very old and dear friend. It gets to the heart of what makes life worth living which is a lively subject for business people, scientists, agnostics or evangelicals .
It could be both the beginning question that a chaplain asks a patient in the hospital or a landscape architect might ask her client to begin gathering ideas on what might make a great living space or sacred space for their landscape and life.
I wanted to give her an answer worthy of the question. I am in a fecund place in my life now where I feel like a bee in a flower grove. Its hard to focus. But I choose one thing - so I told her about my writing project that I have promised myself to finish this summer.
But there is another question, too, that helps me focus on tactics. Where are my opportunities today? How can I move this forward right now - even just a small sweet step?
I can only see so much road as a human being, then I have the opportunity step beyond what I can know: that I will see the next step to move me forward, after I take this one... which might be standing still and waiting. It is my experience that at some point, my own vision is not enough. But it is the conversation that I have with the world and that deeper energy - in others and in the "Higher" that steers.
Here is the next question: "What are your assumptions about the way the world is?"