Probably, by the time you’re reading this, I will be on silent retreat again! On my first silent retreat, I went with a list of questions, mainly about things that weren’t going well in my life. I wanted life to change. I wanted ME to change. I think that retreat changed both my life and my self. So why am I going again? What questions do I want answered? What questions would you want answered?
18 months ago, on that first retreat, I was overflowing with questions. I had loads of things I wanted to sort out in my life: I wasn’t too sure where I was going career-wise, I wasn’t too happy with myself as a person, I wasn’t happy being single and I was a bit miffed that I still hadn’t found Mr Right, I wasn’t sure what I believed about God and life and my place in the world.
Now, I’m very happy career-wise with my eclectic mix of TV production, writing and teaching, I am happy(er) with myself as a person and I have a much clearer idea about God, life and my place in the world. Admittedly, I am still a bit miffed at being single!
In my head, I think of these retreats as being a bit like those TV programmes that were on ITV a couple of years back: “An Audience with…” A famous person would sit on the stage and an audience, populated mainly by other famous persons, would ask the person on the stage any question they liked. In my head, my silent retreats are “An Audience with God.”
If you could ask God or the Universe or whatever you want to call Him/Her/It a few questions about your life and where it’s going and how it should change or how you might accomplish the things you haven’t accomplished yet, what would you ask?