Images from Sarah Hannigan
We're often told what other people think, believe, and feel, and we're often told what to think, believe, and feel. When do we simply and powerfully ask ourselves questions, and just allow them to linger with us for a while? This practice of "self-observation" is an essential aspect of the coaching process. It reminds me of a quote by Rilke: "Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."