The Most Important Questions?

How Will You Measure Your Life? Is a book I’ve recently come across written by Harvard’s Clayton Christensen.  In this book, which has been most popular, Christensen lists  primary questions:  How can I be sure I will be successful and happy in my career; My relationships with my spouse, my children, and my extended family and close friends become an enduring source of happiness?; and I live a life of integrity—and stay out of jail? (I wonder why Harvard Business School faculty would add on that last phrase.)

Simple and surprising in my view and telling–leading me to wonder–what are my primary questions and what are your primary life questions? 

The author admits that these questions have taken him decades of hard work to answer.  I am now reading this book—having downloaded it onto my Kindle.  I am going to dialogue with each chapter in this blog.  I invite you to do the same—dialogue with each chapter of the book and share it with me.  I want to use this book in the introductory class of the Doctor of Ministry Program I teach.  There is great value in thinking through questions like these and formulating our own.  There is equal value in paying attention to our emotions and feelings Christensen’s questions elicit and more importantly the questions you might develop with regard to your own life.  There is great value in knowing your own story and context and what shapes you and your thinking and feeling and decision making.

Look for my response to Chapter One next week:  “Just Because you have feathers….”

Book Title:  How Will You Measure Your Life?
Authors:   Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon
Publisher:   HarperCollins, May 15, 2012

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