As any parent will remember, there is a certain age when our children constantly ask questions. They are trying to piece together the world as they experience it. By age four, children have the words to ask the questions that help them learn and make sense of things.
I scrolled through all the pictures I had taken in January and was surprised when questions kept popping into my mind. Usually I get some ideas of what I want to say when I look at them, but never before have the ideas come as questions.
What’s brewing on the horizon?
Where are we going?
What are our hidden treasures?
How do we get along with others?
Are we gathering the wisdom of the ages?
What seeds are we planting for the future?
How do we handle Life’s thorns?
What makes us happy and want to dance?
What happens when we fall down?
How do we see the world?
How do we handle abundance?
Whose tracks are we following?
What bad stuff do we need to get rid of?
What are we hiding from?
Is anything obscuring our Light?
Are we heeding the warning signs?
What are the bright spots in our lives?
What direction are we flowing? Are we walking on thin ice?
Where is our shelter from Life’s storms?
What’s around the bend? How do we want to step into the future?
Why did we stop asking questions? We have accumulated countless Life experiences that have become the picture puzzle of our lives. And many of those pieces were put together with our child’s mind and no longer fit us well. The questions now must be asked and answered by each one of us in order to learn about and make sense of our interior world. These grown-up questions are just as developmentally imperative as our four-year-old questions were in order to integrate the Life of the World Outside us with the Life Within.