Ever come upon someone talking to themself? Perhaps its on the street and then you realize they are on an unseen smart phone. Or perhaps they are really talking to themself in a fit of pique over getting a ticket or tripping over a box someone left in their path. Then there are those times when you encounter someone who is having a full blown conversation with either themself or some invisible person. Finally, sometimes you'll find someone talking to themself AND answering themself. That's when you discretely cross the street or go down another aisle.
Scary as it may seem, talking to oneself is not always bad, or crazy, or all that undesirable. This morning I was writing in my morning pages. I tried something new. I asked myself questions and then proceeded to answer them. Some questions began with why, as in "why do you think it is that you procrastinate so much?" Others began with how, as in "how does that make you feel?" Still others started with when, where and who. Yep, I used the five journalistic imperatives to get to the bottom of the story. Amazingly, it worked.
I won't go into details here about what realizations I came to. That's not the point. The point is by asking myself these questions I was able to reach a point of some clarity about the current state of my life. It was interesting to come to terms (again) with how I mess myself up and tend to keep myself from pursuing my creative ambitions. Truth is, I wasn't asking the right questions.
Who, what, where, when and why are the questions we need to ask ourselves every so often just to see where we are at. The five w's of answered by good journalism and by anyone wanting to get to the nitty gritty of the story...in this case, the story we tell ourselves. And there you have it.
Insight comes from looking inward. Asking the right questions help. Answering them honestly and uncensored is the key. Its amazing what we can see when we lift the veil we put over that which we are not ready or able to see.