They say, “Write what you know.” So I figured, mild mental dysfunction would be a good place to start! In all seriousness, self-improvement is the one genre that I love to hate. Like other self-improvement aficionados, I sometimes read the same self-help books several times, they’re so helpful. (<–Note the irony!) Perhaps that’s because the most accessible programs in this billion dollar industry offer easily-packaged frameworks, strategies, and answers to the conflicts we face as we move through life’s stages and ages. I gravitate toward self-improvement not out of narcissism (entirely), but because in any given day I have a year’s worth of nagging questions, and I’m so unsettled by the unknowing, that I’m willing to try on any variety of techniques to find a clearer path.
Threehundredsixtyfivequestions turns that formula on its head. As a mom, I’m curious about how it is that day-to-day living with my three children under four years old is so long on questions and so short on answers. As a teacher who is professionally devoted to inquiry-based learning, I’m open to the possibility that the questions, and the different paths to which they lead us, are often more important than the answers. So, just like a good lesson plan is organized around one guiding question, I’m testing out the idea that each day can be approached with a sense of curiosity and openness to what life is trying to teach, that it can be framed by one overarching Guiding Question. Maybe the day’s question is clear from the sound of the alarm clock, but maybe it emerges along the way. Maybe it will lead to a greater sense of purpose, or maybe it will lead to nothing more than distracted navel-gazing. Call it an attempt to keep up with our ever-shifting times; I’m calling it Inquiry-Based Living. What questions do you have?