"Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves." - Rainer Maria Rilke
This expression from the Bohemian poet gets at the core of my personal journey over the last 20 years. As I've switched careers, started a family, gotten married and launched a business, there have been many times when I have felt unresolved in my heart. Times when I wondered whether or not I was making the right decision for myself or for my family. Wondering whether or not I was on the path of my purpose or making decisions based only on what I needed to survive. You know what? I did both. Often at the same time.
The picture above is part of a fun and thoughtful consultation I received from my friend, Anne Gibbons. Anne's an illustrator who can help you visualize your goals and dreams in real time. Using gentle prompts, she draws your answers on a large sheet as you say them and at the end of the session you have a huge display that is as powerful as any goal-setting exercise you've ever done. One of the sections of my finished illustration that my eye is often drawn to is the image that you see here: a worried face that is asking the question: "What will happen?"
We are all concerned about our futures in ways great and small. We all carry concerns about our health, children, families, careers, finances and ultimately, where we end up after it's all over. This is probably one of the aspects of life that bind us as a human family - What will happen? As I've thought long and hard about the purpose of my life and business, I've come to believe that it's just as important for me to be present to the questions as it is to be sure of the answers.
So that is part of my promise - for Rodney Eric Lopez Enterprises to be a venture that is rooted in the principles of learning and curiosity. I want to engage with you in the questions that are central to our lives. Questions about money, family, creativity and contribution. My products and services will be focused on bringing you value in these and other areas and as we get to know each other, we can grow ourselves and our communities.
My inaugural product is called the Generosity and Abundance Process. The G.A.P. is an online course that asks a provocative question: What would happen if we placed giving at the center of our financial lives? I'll be sharing more about the G.A.P. in the coming weeks and months, so if you're interested in answering that question for yourself, I invite you to connect with me via email or on social media. You can even preview the G.A.P. right here.
"We're all hungry today for better answers, but first we must learn to ask the right questions." - Warren Berger