What Matters Here?

I’ve heard Rob Bell say this on his podcast a few times and it’s become one of my favourite prompts.

What matters here?

I apply it across my personal and professional life, particularly when I’m feeling overwhelmed or stuck. It simultaneously anchors me in the big picture while revealing what the next right action is.

More than anything, this question is a call to presence. Much like meditation, it slows us down so that we can listen to what is. It reveals where the work is, both internally and externally, and shows us where we can put our care and attention.

Two very, very precious resources.