“Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Lewis Howes, a NYT bestselling author, lifestyle entrepreneur, former pro athlete, and host of The School of Greatness Podcast, asks his guests the same question at the end of every interview. He calls it Three Truths, and he sets the table for the question like this. He asks his guests to imagine (paraphrasing loosely here) that they are at the end of their lives, and, when they are gone all of their work will go with them. Whatever body of work they have created will leave the planet when they do. With this in mind, he asks them to share three things that they know to be true, and would want their loved ones to know.
What a great question!
Since I may not be invited to be on his show, I decided to pretend that I was one of his guests. We were at the end of the interview, and I imagined that I was at the end of my life, and my body of work was packed up and ready to head out into the great beyond with me.
So Molly, what are the Three Truths you would want your loved ones to know?
We are all created in the image of God. However you define that force, at our core, we have a spark of that from which we came.
We are all called to live authentic, wholehearted lives.
We are all called to love, help, and heal the world that is within our reach.
My prayer is that when the end comes, I won’t have to answer that question, because I will have lived my answers out loud.
What are your Three Truths?
(Written with gratitude for Lewis Howes and his good work and great question.)