Pondering Questions

Don’t treat the following questions like “homework”, or try to answer every single one. Instead, make time to meditate on the list and then pick the one question that speaks to you right now. The goal is to figure out which question is yours, or which question contains a piece of your work. It may even be helpful to read the list to a friend or loved one and ask them which question they intuit is the one with which you need to wrestle. 

Do you believe that history is “written by the victors”? How have you experienced the “losers” version of history overcoming that narrative in time?

When you tell the history of the pandemic ten years from now, what story do you think you will begin with?

What memory has been with you the longest? What does it want from you so badly that it has held on to you for so long?

What memory will die with you if you don’t pass it on? Is this the month you finally make a concrete plan to make sure it lives on the memory of another?

What memory holds your truest self? What memories help you hold on to yourself?

What if the question isn’t, “Did it really happen that way?” But instead, “Why do you want to remember that it happened that way?”

Have you figured out the story you want to be remembered by?

Does autumn come with its own set of memories? Do you remember differently this time of year?

What has life taught you about memory and pain?

Is it time to question the ancestors’ wisdom?

Is it time to tell the ancestors’ secrets?

Have you forgiven yourself for a mistake-filled chapter in your own history?

What’s your question? Your question may not be listed above. As always, if the above questions don’t include what life is asking from you, spend the month listening to your days to find it. 

(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2021 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘Holding History’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)