There are years that ask questions and years that answer

In the book Their Eyes Were Watching God author Zora Neale Hurston writes there were years that ask questions and years that answer.

Besides being a sentence that made me jolt to a stop and ponder, it’s a great way to frame the new year.  Which will it be for you?

Which worldview will broaden your horizons and bring you closer to the edge.  The edge of curiousity, of wonder, of exploring ‘other’ (no matter how bravely or cautiously)?

And which worldview will narrow your perspective, reinforcing what you know to be right and true to the exclusion of all other?

Which worldview will quietly or boldly ask questions?  Questions that wrap their curlicue tail around your noggin, leading you to an expanded view, where exclamation marks crackle and pop like a kid’s cereal, leading to new answers and even more questions.

And which worldview will dampen curiousity, stomping on questions, content with the known, the comfortable, the same, the safe?

I wish for you a year with insightful questions and temporary answers.


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2 Responses to “There are years that ask questions and years that answer”

  1. Leigh Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I love Their Eyes Were Watching God. What a beautiful book! You’re making me wish I had my copy in Cambodia! 2010 was a year of embracing what I know to be right and true. Now that I have my boundaries, I hope 2011 is a year of exponential growth & creation.

  2. Lee-Anne Ragan Says:
    January 17th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Leigh
    Yes pure poetry that book, although I have to confess I didn’t finish it. I found having to concentrate so hard to read the accent tough. Perhaps I should reconsider – you’ve given me hope. I picked it up based on the title alone.

    Here’s to growth & creation in your right & true’ness!

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