When is the best time to do things?
Who is the most important one?
What is the right thing to do?
These powerful questions come from a wonderful children’s book, The Three Questions. It’s a re-telling of a Tolstoy story of a boy’s quest for what is right, illustrated with beautiful watercolor pictures.
While I’d certainly recommend the book to anyone (a great gift for graduates, or any of us pondering a new phase of life) for the simple pleasure of the story and the illustrations, these three questions also help shed light on choices we have on how we want to spend our time and energy.
I don’t think I’ll ruin the book for you to tell you that the ‘answers’ that the story offers are:
the best time? — now
the most important one? — the one you are with
the right thing to do? — to do good for the one standing at your side
I love the simplicity and clarity of this story, the questions, and
the responses. They remind me of what’s available to us in staying
present in our lives, the difference seemingly simple acts can make,
and the importance of working to do good.
What do you make of these questions, and the ‘answers’ offered? Where do they take you?
What questions guide you in your journey to make a difference?