Or we could ask, Where are you going?
“Live the questions now.”*
Do you choose your travelling companions because of where they have come from or where they are going?
In the workplace a CV is more about answers than questions. To ask Where are you going? with its employees is to recognise the person in the room is an artist or artisan with far more to bring than functioning within a role.
This is the journey. From answers to questions, measurement to possibility, ego to eco:
“Not everything that counts can be counted.”**
When we make the journey we are being weaned. We are growing up. Yes, what we have done so far is valuable, but this doesn’t define us. We’re defined by our relationship to the future What now? A question best asked together:
“But do not try to bring them to where you are, either, as beautiful as that place might be to you. Rather invite them to go to a place neither you nor they have even been before.”^
(*Rainer Maria Rilke, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**Stefan Collini, quote in Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber’s The Slow Professor.)
(^A student to Vincent Donovan, quoted in Brian McLaren’s Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?)